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Ismail takes three as South Africa Women take early 1-0 lead

Ismail takes three as South Africa Women take early 1-0 lead
Shabnim Ismail registered figures of 12 for three from the four overs.
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South Africa Women 125-6 (Lee 35) beat
West Indies Women 114-6 (Dottin 40) by 11 runs
First Twenty20 International in Durban

Shabnim Ismail stunned the West Indies Women top order by taking three quick wickets as South Africa Women restricted the opposition to 114 for six in a chase of 126 runs to complete a 11-run win in the first Twenty20 International in Durban which gave them a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Having opted to bat first after winning the toss, South Africa posted a 41-run opening stand in 5.4 overs. However, Anisa Mohammed (2-23) struck twice in the sixth over to remove both the openers.

Mignon du Preez (5) also failed to get going but important knocks from Marizanne Kapp (20), Lizelle Lee (35) and Suné Luus (16 not out) took South Africa to a total of 125 for six in 20 overs.

Mohammed and Hayley Matthews (2-24) shared four wickets equally.

In a tricky chase, West Indies lost the plot early in the game as Ismail (3-12) struck twice in the third over to dismiss Stafanie Taylor (4) and Matthews (0).

Odine Kirsten (1-26) saw the back of Kyshona Knight (2) in the fourth over while Ismail sent Kycia Knight (8) back to the hut in the fifth, leaving West Indies reeling at 16 for four after 4.3 overs.

Despite a 72-run stand between Deandra Dottin (40) and Stacy-Ann King (29), West Indies were unable to recover from the initial jolt and were restricted to 114 for six in 20 overs, giving South Africa a 11-run win.

This win also gave South Africa a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Ismail was the player of the match

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