Cape Town - Captain Sune Luus hit a free-scoring 80 and Masabata
Klaas claimed three wickets, but it was not enough as Pakistan managed to tie
the decisive third ICC Women’s Championship (IWC) One-Day International against
the Proteas in Benoni on Sunday - meaning the series was drawn at Willowmoore
The hosts managed to pile on a strong 265/6 after being put
in to bat first, but the tourists responded with 265/9 thanks to a plucky
career-best by Aliya Riaz.
It was a disappointing end to the series, although the point
shared by each side did little to bolster their prospects on the IWC table,
with the South Africans staying fourth on 16 points and the Pakistanis up to
fifth with 15.
As for the game itself, it was a see-saw that looked to be
headed the home sides’ way until Riaz’s effort had taken her side to 243/6.
A Klaas (3/55) double blow and Chloe Tryon run out looked to
have swayed things back in favour of the hosts, but a six by Nashra Sandhu from
the penultimate delivery proved decisive as the two sides played to their first
ever tie against each other.
Early on in the day, the South Africans dominated
proceedings thanks to half-centuries by openers Lizelle Lee (57 off 61 balls,
10 fours) and Laura Wolvaardt (56 off 84 balls, 5 fours). It was their 17th
and 13th 50-plus scores respectively in the format.
Their opening stand yielded 75, before Luus (80 off 84
balls, 6 fours, 2 sixes) and Wolvaardt added 60 for the third wicket to keep
the home side in the driving seat.
The skipper hung around until deep in the innings, with
Tryon (28) providing quick runs to help her side set 266.
Pakistan were reduced to 37/3 early on as Shabnim Ismail
(1/42), Marizanne Kapp (2/57) and Klaas struck - the latter, fresh from a
hat-trick in the previous game, removing the dangerous opposition captain
Bismah Maroof for three. But Javeria Khan (74 off 103 balls, 9 fours) and Nida
Dar (27) dug in, followed by Riaz’s stellar 71 (82 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes)
that ultimately proved decisive.
The teams move on to their five-match T20 international
series starting at Tuks Oval in Pretoria on Wednesday, May 15.
The whole Pakistan tour to South Africa will be live
streamed on the Cricket South Africa YouTube channel (link here). Regular updates will be available through Cricket South
Africa’s platforms on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cricketsouthafrica)
and Twitter (www.twitter.com/officialcsa).