Lizelle Lee’s 75 off 52 balls won SA’s series
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Fri Sep 03 2021
Opener Lizelle Lee’s 75 off 52 balls won South Africa the series. South Africa scripted a 50-run win over hosts West Indies in the second T20 International in Antigua and took the series 1–0.
The spectators called to bat with Lee and Dane Van Niekerk cooped up got off to a strong start to put up a 53-run opening stand. It was left-arm pacer Kiana Joseph who took the victory in the seventh over with the wicket of Van Niekerk. But Lee continued the partnership this time with Marijane Cup for the second wicket as the duo put on a 69-run stand. Lee reached her fifty in 39 balls.
Hayley Mathews was disappointed with the double strike in the 18th over. Lee scored 75, hitting 12 fours and a six. While Kapp was dismissed for 24 off 32 balls. Laura Wolvaardt struck a perfect finish exchange with 33 runs in nine balls as she hit four consecutive sixes off Mathews’ last four balls. innings, 165 in total.
Chasing the target, the hosts made a good start, scoring 21 runs in 2.3 overs. But Mathews was out on the very next ball. Noncululeko Mlaba and Cup struck regularly to stop the West Indies top-order batsmen with the asking rate climbing. Ayabonga Khaka was ruthless in her four overs, conceding only eight runs and taking two wickets.
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“As a team I think we did what was required of us and followed up with our plans very well. A long way in boosting our confidence for the rest of the series. And hope to continue the good performance.”
The third and final T20I to be held at the same venue on 5 September. The first T20I was called off due to rain.