Suné Luus bowled an outstanding spell of 5/8 to give the Momentum Proteas a convincing, 67-run win over Ireland at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday. This is South Africa’s second appearance and first win in the 2016 ICC World T20.
It was a maiden five-wicket haul for Luus, whose spell included 16 dot balls to reduce Ireland to 89/9, chasing South Africa’s 156/6, after winning the toss and electing to bat first.
It all seemed to finally go right for the Proteas, whose batting unit had seen a brief run in poor form of late.
The batting innings was once again kick started well by the opening pair of Trisha Chetty (35) and Dané van Niekerk, who shared a 41-run stand before the latter was trapped lbw by Kim Garth for 20 off the last ball of the fifth over.
Captain, Mignon du Preez shared a 29-run partnership for the second wicket with Chetty before she was bowled by Robyn Lewis at the start of the 11th. The difference today, was the contributions made by the middle order, who all fired, with the exception of Marizanne Kapp (7). Lizelle Lee and Dinesha Devnarain gave the innings impetus after the loss of Kapp and Chetty, adding 42 runs for the fifth wicket before Garth (2/26) struck a second time to remove the latter for 24.
Chloe Tryon made a welcome return to international cricket after a finger injury and subsequent surgery last month had her sit out for six frustrating weeks. She returned unbeaten for an impressive 20 off just seven deliveries and was the aggressor in her nine-ball, 30*-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Lee, who ended her innings not out for 24.
Ireland’s response was disturbed by the fall of wickets at regular intervals thanks to Luus, making it difficult to build lasting partnerships. The only one to stand the test of the Proteas’ bowling, was 44 runs put together Clare Shillington (34) and Isobel Joyce (22).
The win will give South Africa confidence going into their televised match in Bangalore against Sri Lanka on Monday, 28 March.
Luus is delighted with her performance and is happy to have made a positive contribution to her team.
“The conditions were very wet,” she said. “We had to use the towel the whole time, but I felt it was perfect for spin (bowling). There was a lot of grip and turn and luckily for me I was able to play to it today.
“This match has given us great momentum going into the next match. All the areas of our game have improved since our first match. I think the batting was outstanding, everyone chipped in nicely and we had great bowling performances all-round. We’re definitely looking forward to Bangalore against Sri Lanka.”
Momentum Proteas Group A Fixtures and Results at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20:
- Fri 18 March: Australia beat South Africa by six wickets (D/N Nagpur)
- Wed 23 March: SA beat Ireland by 67 runs (D/N Chennai)
- Sat 26 March: SA v NZ Women (Bangalore; 16:00 SAST)
- Mon 28 March: SA v Sri Lanka (Bangalore; 12:00 SAST) (Televised)
South Africa Starting XI:
- Dané van Niekerk
- Trisha Chetty
- Mignon du Preez
- Marizanne Kapp
- Lizelle Lee
- Dinesha Devnarain
- Chloe Tryon
- Shabnim Ismail
- Moseline Daniels
- Suné Luus
- Marcia Letsoalo
Ireland Starting XI:
- Claire Shillington
- Cecelia Joyce
- Cath Dalton
- Isobel Joyce
- Laura Delany
- Robyn Lewis
- Kim Garth
- Mary Waldron
- Amy Kenealy
- Lucy O’Reilly
- Clara Metcalfe
Photo 1 caption: The Momentum Proteas take a moment after beating Ireland women by 67 runs in Chennai on Wednesday, 23 March, 2016. South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first, putting on 156/5 in their allowed overs, and returned to restrict the Irish to 89/9 in their 20 overs. Photo: Mignon du Preez on Twitter
Photo 2 caption: Proteas spin bowler Suné Luus shows off her Player of the Match trophy awarded after her maiden T20 five-for, her 5/8 putting a lot into the South African fielding innings. Photo: Mignon du Preez on Twitter
With editing by gsport