South Africa 105-7 (Fritz 43no) beat
Pakistan 101 (van Niekerk 5-17) by 3 wickets
Women’s 50-Over Tri-Series, Match 6, Doha
South Africa recorded a morale-boosting win over Pakistan ahead of Friday’s Qatar International Women’s Cricket Championship final in Doha.
The Proteas triumphed in a low-scoring contest as Dane van Niekerk returned career-best figures of five for 17 to help dismiss Pakistan for just 101 after they had elected to bat. Bismah Maroof had helped her side into a reasonable position at 74 for three in the 35th over, but wickets tumbled following the loss of her partner Sana Mir.
South Africa didn’t have things easy in their run chase as Nida Dar again impressed with three for 23 and Mir took two for 16 from her 10 overs. However, Shandre Fritz anchored the innings and ended on 43 not out off 88 balls as the win was sealed with more than eight overs to spare by three wickets.
Pakistan had lost opener Nahida Khan in Chloe Tryon’s (6-2-9-1) second over after opting to bat, but, despite losing Nain Abidi (5) and Javeria Khan (18) in quick succession to Marizanne Kapp (6-1-17-1) and a Shandre Fritz run-out respectively, progressed steadily, albeit very slowly, thanks to Mir and Maroof.
The pair batted for more than 20 overs and added 42 runs, but found the going tough against the disciplined South African attack. Mir was finally removed by van Niekerk for 14 off 57 balls, with the leg-spinner soon wrapping up the rest of the Pakistan innings with a little help from Yolandi Potgieter.
Van Niekerk had Maroof’s vigil ended at 30 off 80 balls and then removed Asmavia Iqbal for one in her next over. Batool Fatima (0) and Nida Dar (7) were both dispensed with by Potgieter (6-0-18-2), with van Niekerk then dismissing tail-enders Qanita Jalil (10) and Sumaiya Siddiqi (1). Marcia Letsoalo (10-4-16-0) and Sunette Loubser (10-2-20-0) ensured that it was a team effort from South Africa’s bowlers with economical spells.
Lizelle Lee and Trisha Chetty were the early departures in their run chase as the former was trapped LBW by Siddiqi and the latter was caught by Fatima off Qanita Jalil. Kapp didn’t hang around too long and made it 32 for three when she became the first of Dar’s three victims. When Mignon du Preez was bowled by Mir to make it 54 for four, Pakistan must have sensed an opportunity.
However, Fritz and van Niekerk took the Proteas to within 15 runs of the winning line before being parted. They added a crucial 34 for the fifth-wicket before Mir and Dar narrowed Pakistan’s margin of defeat. The former had van Niekerk trapped in front when on 12, while Dar picked up Nadine Moodley (3) and Potgieter (0) before Tryon (3 not out) joined Fritz to complete the victory.
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