1st ODI South Africa Women vs Pakistan Women: narrow win for South Africa
The Momentum Proteas got their campaign off to good start with a narrow three-run win in the first One-Day International (ODI) against Pakistan Women at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, in Durban.
South Africa Women 200-9, 50 overs (Marizanne Kapp 47, Laura Wolvaardt 40, Mignon du Preez 29, Lara Goodall 27, Shabnim Ismail 20; Diana Baig 3-46, Nashra Sandhu 2-23, Nida Dar 2-35)
Pakistan Women 197-8, 50 overs (Nida Dar 59 not out, Omaima Sohail 37, Diana Baig 35 not out, Aliya Riaz 28; Shabnim Ismail 3-42)
Result - SA Women won by 3 runs
Player-of-the-Match: Shabnim Ismail
After Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first the Proteas were restricted to a modest 200/9 in their 50 overs with Marizanne Kapp and Laura Wolvaardt the standout batters with scores of 47 and 40 respectively.
The visitors got two early wickets through their seam bowler Diana Baig to put the hosts on the back foot with the wickets of Lizelle Lee (0) in the opening over and that of captain Sune Luus (12) who was clean bowled leaving the Proteas reeling on 24/2 after five overs.
Instead of crumbling under pressure, Wolvaardt and Lara Goodall stabilized the innings with a partnership of 60 until the latter tried to sweep one off Nashra Sandhu’s bowling only to be clean bowled. Despite her usual busy self with three boundaries in a composed 40 off 62 deliveries Wolvaardt soon followed, trying to get a quick run that led to a brilliant run out from the visitors.
With the hosts on 88/4 Mignon du Preez and Marizanne Kapp were left with the responsibility of rebuilding again and their 5th wicket stand of 64 pushed the Momentum Proteas to a respectable score of 200.
In their response chasing 201, Pakistan failed to get any partnerships going as the Proteas took no mercy with the ball as they claimed key wickets in the first 10 overs without conceding many runs. Shabnim Ismail was the first to strike with the wicket of Muneeba Ali caught behind for a single run. Next to follow was Nahida Khan (13) who was run out by Ismail.
Javeria Khan was the third to fall also caught behind off the bowling of debutant Nonkululeko Mlaba with the scoreboard on 42 at the tenth over, before Omaima Sohail compiled 37 off 67 balls and Sidra Nawaz was soon out LBW from the bowling of Tumi Sekhukhune for a single run.
Omaima Sohail (37 off 67) and Nida Dar steered Pakistan in the right direction before Sohail was run out. Ismail got back in on the action and took two more wickets to seal victory for the Proteas.
Diana was Pakistan’s pick of the bowlers with three for 46 in 10 overs, which also included a maiden.
Nida took two wickets for 35 in 10.
The second ODI will be played on 23 January at the same venue.
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