Cape Town - The Momentum Proteas took a 1-0 lead in the two-match
women’s Twenty20 (T20) series when they beat Ireland by four wickets in a
last-ball thriller in Dublin on Monday.
After starting out well and restricting the hosts to 79/4 in
12 overs (Sune Luus 2/24, Moseline Daniels 1/18, Ayabonga Khaka 1/27), the
visitors were unable to break the 61-run, fifth-wicket stand between Isobele
Joyce (31) and Kim Garth (30) that saw Ireland reach 140/4 at the end of their
South Africa recovered well after the early
loss of Trisha Chetty (7) thanks to a 45-run, second-wicket partnership between
Mignon du Preez and Laura Wolvaardt (24). The former captain hit an outstanding
55 runs from 41 deliveries to pave the visitors’ way forward, but wickets
falling in clumps at crucial intervals gave the home side hope.
South Africa needed 22 runs from the last two overs with
Lara Goodall and interim captain, Dinesha Devnarain at the crease. Between
them, they scored 13 runs in the 19th, leaving nine required for the
final over. The pressure mounted when Goodall was run out for eight off seven
balls, leaving the visitors needing four from the last two deliveries.
Devnarain (17) kept a cool head and hit the winning runs, securing a thrilling
win for her side in the end.
The second and final match of the T20 series takes place on
Wednesday, 3 August.