Cape Town - The Proteas may not be able to win the Cricket South Africa (CSA) women's T20 series outright, but captain Dané van Niekerk says her squad
is determined to
end the five-match series against India in the best possible way on Saturday at Newlands in Cape Town.
previous fixture in Centurion was washed out after South Africa looked
primed to set a challenging target for the visitors, but the skipper
says that her team
are choosing to take the positives from that match, rather than wallow
in the "what ifs".
of all, it was pretty disappointing (to have the match washed out), we
felt that the momentum was fully with us, but we have everything to play
We don't want to lose another series, so we're gonna go out there and
play the positive cricket that we know we can play and that we've been
showcasing and hopefully we can put on a show for the crowd that comes
out," she commented.
home side, who are 2-1 down in the series showed late bursts of
brilliance with the bat in hand after India comfortably won their first
two encounters by seven
and nine wickets respectively in Potchefstroom and East London.
five-wicket haul by Shabnim Ismail, a near half-century (41) by Suné
Luus and a stroke of batting brilliance by Chloe Tryon (34 from 15
balls) saw South Africa drag themselves back into contention
in the third T20I at the Wanderers.
However, Wednesday's rainfall cut
their series-winning dreams dead after Van Niekerk (55) and Lizelle Lee
(58*) struck half-centuries up front subsequent to India putting them in
to bat first.
aside, Van Niekerk is especially pleased with the manner in which her
charges have gone about playing their cricket and how they have bounced
back from painful
losses and refused to be counted out of this series completely.
been a tough tour against India, not just this series, but the ODIs as
well. But when the team bounced back they did so hard, I've been really
proud of that,"
"It just goes to show that when you don't think about the
result and you just play your natural game and you stick to the basics,
the rest, especially the results will take care of themselves. The
girls have really made me proud in that respect,
the lessons are sinking in, the game plans are working, it just took a
while to get our combinations right and of course, we're still going to
work on those with the World T20 in the back of all our minds."
into tomorrow's final clash, the skipper backs her squad to get them
over the line.
She boasted of the talent in her team.
been working really hard about our shot selections in the nets, about
how we want to go about it, when and how and it's been awesome to see it
come off. It's
awesome for the women's game if Lizelle Lee comes off and also Chloe
Tryon. They are two of the biggest hitters in women's cricket at the
moment and it's great for the product of women's cricket seeing them at
stick to my guns, I've got the best bowling attack in the world, you
know, people can dispute that, but that's what I believe. They've
showcased it. We've got the
most bowlers in the ODI rankings and it already speaks for itself. I'm
spoilt for choice out there and we've been working really hard. Now all
that's left is for us to close this series off in a way that will make
us and our country proud and I know it's what
every player in our changeroom wants to do."
Play at Newlands will start at 13:00 and will be live on SuperSport 2 with coverage also available on Radio 2000.