ICC Women’s Atmosphere Cup 2022: South Africa edge out New Zealand by two wickets in thriller

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SA captain Sune Luus madde a fifty (Image: CSA)

Seamers Ayabonga Khaka (3/31), Shabnim Ismail (3/27) and Marizanne Kapp (2/44) led the way with the ball as the Proteas bowled out New Zealand for 228 regardless of skipper Sophie Devine’s 93 at Seddon Park.

Laura Wolvaardt (67) and skipper Sune Luus (51) then hit timely fifty percent generations prior to Kapp (34 not out) ensured South Africa crossed the line for their fourth gain of the tournament.

South Africa thus consolidated their second spot on the details table when New Zealand, who have just two wins from 5 outings, ongoing to stay fourth and will need to have to gain their remaining two fixtures to stay in the combine for a semifinal location.

In other calculations, India are also on the hunt for a semis berth and need to have to get equally their matches towards Australia, South Africa and Bangladesh.

Chasing 229, openers Lizelle Lee (17) and Wolvaardt started out positively for South Africa. But a little bit of hesitation in managing in between the wickets cost the previous her wicket.

Wolvaardt, nevertheless, remained unperturbed and stored getting the boundaries.

She was fortunate on a few of occasions with a dropped capture and pretty much dragging on to her personal stumps but along with Luus, kept the chase on observe.

Amelia Kerr (3/50) trapped Wolvaardt leg just before to set an finish to the 88-run partnership concerning the opener and Luus in the 36th above in advance of dismissing Mignon du Preez (1) in her future in excess of.

When Luus was caught by Katey Martin in the 41st above it appeared that the Proteas have been getting rid of momentum as New Zealand ongoing to claim wickets.

But Kapp held on to one close, smashing boundaries when demanded.

Previously, Devine strike 12 boundaries and a single six in her 101-ball innings as her partnership of 81 with Amelia Kerr (42) and 80 with Maddy Environmentally friendly (30) formed the backbone of the New Zealand innings. But when Devine was bowled by Khaka in the 41st about the hosts experienced a late collapse.

New Zealand shed their final six wickets for just 30 operates to be all out in the 48th more than. Devine and Kerr seemed stable and set on 81 for the second wicket, right up until Luus (1/48) intervened with the major wicket of Kerr.

Luus had the New Zealand quantity three trapped leg before and knowledgeable batter Amy Satterthwaite (1) fell in the up coming about to Khaka as the Proteas quickly obtained the higher hand.

Devine then fell to a attractive Khaka yorker and the rot then fell in as South Africa cleaned up the New Zealand tail to make certain their victory target would not be too significant.

Short Scores: New Zealand: 238 all out in 47.5 overs (Sophie Devine 93, Amelia Kerr 42 Shabnim Ismail 3/27, Aybonga Khaka 3/31) lost to South Africa: 229 for 8 in 49.3 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 67, Sune Luus 51 Amelia Kerr 3/50) by 2 wickets.

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