New Zealand tightened their grip on the five-match T20I series with a five-wicket victory in the second match against South Africa on Thursday, 6 February 2020.
The Proteas Women ended their innings with 119 all out from 20 overs with Mignon du Preez top scoring with 40.
The home side struck early as Rosemary Mair caught Lizelle Lee for an LBW after only making two runs off five balls.
The early wicket had the White Ferns on top as runs were hard to come by for the South African’s until the end of powerplay.
A couple of boundaries from captain Dané van Niekerk gave the away side some hope of finding steady ground, creating a partnership with du Preez.
However, the Ferns struck to get a big wicket, taking van Niekerk out to break the partnership.
Wickets continued to fall as Ayabonga Khaka 6* and Masabata Klaas (LBW) ended the innings.
In reply, the White Ferns’ chase of 120 began with some disciplined bowling from Shabnim Ismail and Khaka in the first over.
By the end of powerplay, New Zealand were 29/2.
Sophie Devine and Maddy Green kept the proceedings going on the crease and created a formidable partnership.
Devine top scored once again with 61.
The third T20I match will take place on Sunday at 03h00 (SA time).
Proteas Women Squad vs New Zealand:
Nadine de Klerk
Dané van Niekerk
Mignon du Preez
New Zealand vs South Africa T20I Tour Results and Fixtures:
Sun 2 Feb: New Zealand beat South Africa by 9 wickets (46 balls rem.) at Mount Maunganui
Thu 6 Feb: New Zealand beat South Africa by 5 wickets (10 balls rem.) at Hamilton
Sun 9 Feb: New Zealand vs South Africa at Hamilton
Mon 10 Feb: New Zealand vs South Africa, Basin Reserve (03h00 SA time)
Thu 13 Feb: New Zealand vs South Africa, University Oval (03h00 SA time)
Photo 1 Caption: Proteas Women cricketer, Mignon du Preez, in action in the second T20I match against New Zealand at Basin Reserve on Thursday, 6 February 2020. Photo: @OfficialCSA (Twitter)
With editing by gsport