Career-Best Figures for Klaas as Momentum Proteas Bounce Back with Emphatic Win Over Windies

Masabata Klaas claimed personal best figures of four for 21 to go along with Marizanne Kapp’s notable half-century as the Momentum Proteas picked up a dominant 44-run victory over the West Indies in their second match of the Women’s T20 International Tri-Series at Buffalo Park in East London on Saturday.

Klaas’ classy display helped restrict the Windies to 97 / 8 in their 20 overs after South Africa put on a daunting 142 / 5 in testing batting conditions thanks to a crucial 52 off 43 balls from all-rounder Kapp.

South Africa once again won the toss, this time choosing to set the score, as top-order batters Laura Wolvaardt (25) and Kapp laid the ideal platform with a solid second wicket stand worth 31 runs before Wolvaardt joined opener Anneke Bosch (8) back in the dugout.

Despite losing her partner, Kapp continued to show her batting prowess as she combined to great effect with captain Suné Luus. The pair put on a vital 63-run partnership to help catapult the home side to 121 / 2 before Luus was dismissed for a 26-ball 30 following a run out.

The West Indies struck a double blow in the same over as Kapp was eventually sent back to the changeroom, but this was not before the experienced all-rounder raised her bat for her second T20I half-century.

With South Africa on 125 / 4 in the 18th over with wickets in hand, the incoming batters attempted to accelerate proceedings but the visitors had other plans as disciplined bowling restricted the Proteas Women to 141 / 5 after contributions from Chloé Tryon (3), Delmi Tucker (4*) and Nadine de Klerk (7*).

The Windies’ standout bowler for the afternoon was Shamilia Connell, with figures of 2 / 17 in her three overs.

With the ball, South Africa were kept at bay for the first 5.5 overs as captain Hayley Matthews (23) and Britney Cooper (15) made a measured start to their chase of 142 for victory before Klaas made the all- important breakthrough to remove Cooper on the penultimate ball of the powerplay.

After a long wait for the first wicket, South Africa then struck in quick succession to make serious inroads into the Windies batting order as a run out and two more wickets from the magical arm of Klaas left the visitors reeling on 43 / 4. The Caribbean nation’s woes went from bad to worse with Tryon (1 / 26) and Nonkululeko Mlaba (1 / 10) joining the wicket-taking party to leave the West Indies 67 / 6 in the 15th over.

Despite a valiant finish from Afy Fletcher (7) and Connell (15), South Africa pressed home their advantage to wrap up the result and seal a confidence-boosting 44-run triumph to get off the mark in the triangular contest that also features India.

The Proteas Women will next be in action on Wednesday, 25 January against the same opponents, the West Indies. That match will follow a contest between the Windies and India on Monday, 23 January.

All matches are being held at the Buffalo Park Stadium in East London throughout the competition.


With editing by gsport

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