Cape Town - Following a
competitive and action-packed One-Day International series between the
two sides, the Proteas women are set to take on the touring Pakistan
outfit in a five-match T20 series, getting underway on
Wednesday in at Assupol Tuks Oval in Pretoria.
The recently concluded
50-over series ended one-all after Pakistan fought back to tie the
deciding match, posting 265/9 in reply to South Africa’s first innings
total of 265/6 in 50 their overs. Despite key
performances stand-in captain, Suné Luus (80) and Masabata Klaas
(3/55), the tourists stood up to the challenge, with Javeria Khan (74)
and Aliya Riaz (71) playing crucial knocks to ensure a shared result.
Before looking ahead
to the shorter format, Luus admitted her disappointment following the
ODI series while crediting the subcontinent team’s resilience. She also
praised her batters’ mettle after they produced
four half-centuries in response to their below-par performance in the
opening ODI defeat.
“It was not ideal,”
she began. “We wanted to go into the T20s with good momentum but credit
to Pakistan and the way they played and fought back, after being
one-all. We gave a good contest and the positives
we can take out of the three games, obviously, we didn’t do well in the
first game, batting wise, but our batters came back well in the second
and third games.
“That was brilliant to see and all of the batters have huge confidence going into the T20s,” she added.
In the T20 series and
with a short turnaround between the two formats, South Africa will be
looking to make minor tweaks in their game across all disciplines. Luus
emphasised the importance of being on target
from the very first ball, in a format she believes both the frontline
bowlers and batters will play an important role.
“We sat down and spoke
about what we can improve on from the ODIs with our bowling, batting
and fielding as well,” Luus elaborated. “Looking at all three aspects,
we just need to work on the small things. We
can do better and going to the T20s, it’s a shorter format, we have to
be on the money from ball one.
“Every bowler coming
in, we have to hit the wicket, hitting our line and lengths, like we
know we have to. From a batters’ perspective, it is going to be crucial
for the top three batters to bat as long as they
can,” she continued.
The upcoming series
marks the latest phase of preparation for next year’s ICC Women’s T20
World Cup in Australia, with South Africa keen to begin putting their
plans in place for the global showpiece.
The tournament is just
over ten months away and Luus is challenging her teammates to stake
their claim in the team as they aim to use the series as a platform to
evaluate different variations against a plucky
Pakistan side – ranked seventh to the Proteas women’s sixth place in
“We want to get that
winning formula and combinations,” the 23-year old explained. “Going
into these five T20s, it’s a good opportunity for us to experiment and
to see more or less what the batting line-up will
be like and who will bowl where. The World Cup is still a long way away
and anything can happen between now and then.
“It’s a good
opportunity for the girls to showcase their talent and put their hand up
for the selectors to say that ‘We are here and we are ready for the
The opening match of
the series takes place at Tuks Oval on May 15 from 13h00
The whole T20 series between South Africa and Pakistan will
be live streamed on the Cricket South Africa
YouTube channel (here ). Regular updates will be available through
Cricket South Africa’s platforms on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cricketsouthafrica ) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/officialcsa).
Proteas women’s T20 team
Suné Luus (captain,
Northerns), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain, KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Lizelle
Lee (North West), Tazmin Brits (North West), Laura Wolvaardt (Western
Province), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Mignon du
Preez (Northerns), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Masabata Klaas (North
West), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Nadine De Klerk (Northens),
Moseline Daniels (Border), Nondumiso Shangase (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal),
Sinalo Jafta (wicket-keeper, North West) Zintle