Cape Town - The New Zealand women's side have tightened their grip on the five-match T20I series against the
South African women, after securing a comfortable 5-wicket win in the second match on Thursday in Hamilton.
After winning the
toss and opting to bowl first the hosts were rewarded early with the key wicket
of Lizelle Lee (2) who was trapped leg before without troubling the score. Soon
after it was the wickets of young duo Nadine de Klerk 9 (16) and Laura
Wolvaardt 22 (18) who were both dismissed by Sophie Devine.
The Proteas women
were looking for a competitive total and it looked like they were on course
when Dane van Niekerk and Mignon du Preez combined for the 4th Wicket
partnership of 50 runs in 36 balls and at least got the Proteas past 100, but
they fell well short of a competitive total at 120 all out from their 20 overs.
The hosts did well
not to buckle under pressure when the 4th wicket partnership looked
set and a disciplined bowling display from experienced campaigner, Leah Tahuhu
(2/10) was the difference as she got the key wickets of van Niekerk 25 (22) and
Chloe Tryon (0) in quick succession to further halt the Proteas innings and
then restricted them. Mignon du Preez was the standout batter for the visitors
with an inspiring 40 off 26 balls.
The Proteas bowling
duo of Shabnim Ismail and Ayabonga Khaka started well with the ball in their
defence and beat the bat regularly early on as they grabbed early wickets of
Rachel Priest (5) and Suzie Bates (7) to give the visitors some hope.
However, for the
second time in their chase it was the home team’s captain, Sophie Devine who
was vital to the White Ferns victory with a brilliant batting performance. She
hit an impressive 61 off 43 balls that took the game away from South Africa.
The skipper was well supported by Maddy Green 23 (20) and the pair shared a 3rd
Wicket stand of 50 runs in 45 balls that gave the White Ferns the advantage
hitting out but her aggressive mood led to her dismissal, caught while trying
to hit leg spinner Sune Luus over the deep mid-wicket boundary. That made for a
nervy finish as the Proteas started to believe.
Katie Perkins did
not last long (5) as she was trapped LBW to give Khaka (2/24) her second
wicket, while Green (23) was caught in the covers by Luus off the bowling of
the Proteas captain.
Katey Martin (10*)
brought some calm to the crease with a couple of boundaries towards the end as
the hosts gained the momentum and cruised to a comfortable victory and earn a
well-earned 2-0 advantage in the series.
The third T20I will
be on Sunday at the Basin Reserve in Wellington where the Proteas women will be
looking for a much-improved performance and make a positive come back into this
Lizelle Lee, Laura
Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Dane van Niekerk, Chloe Tryon,
Sune Luus, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas