The Momentum Proteas women beat Pakistan by seven wickets to pull off a double-win in the T20 segment of the Qatar International Women’s Cricket Champions in Doha on Wednesday, simultaneously securing their place in the final, also against Pakistan, at the West End Park International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
The bowlers once again put their hands up, bundling Pakistan out for 96 in their 20 overs.
Moseline Daniels was the leader of the pack, taking three wickets for 19 in her four overs. Seventeen-year-old Suné Luus bounced back well in this match, taking 2/10 in her four overs after going for 15 off the only over she bowled against Ireland earlier in the day.
Shabnim Ismail took 2/20, while Marcia Letsoalo chipped in with a single wicket.[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]
Pakistan struck early on in the South African reply, removing Trisha Chetty for one at the start of the second over. Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez (38) shared a 60-run partnership for the second wicket before Lee was dismissed by Sania Khan for 30.
The loss of a wicket did not slow the innings down, however. Marizanne Kapp (21*) added a 31-run, third-wicket stand with her skipper to put the side well on the path to victory before Du Preez was stumped off Sana Mir in the 12th over.
Shandré Fritz (1*) did not have much to do but keep her wicket intact as Kapp led the chase to a well-deserved victory, with five balls remaining.
“It’s been a long day, but very rewarding for our team,” SA captain, Mignon du Preez, said. “I’m so proud of the professionalism that the team displayed today. Everyone put their hand up, whether they were playing or not and everyone contributed to the success of the day.
“Lizelle (Lee), Trish (Trisha Chetty) and Kappie (Marizanne Kapp) did really well with the bat and our bowlers did a great job to set up the match for us. Moosie (Moseline Daniels), Shibby (Shabnim Ismail) and Sunétjie (Suné Luus) made sure that the wickets were constantly falling and kept the pressure up all the way to the end.
“I’m also happy to have been able to contribute with the bat and on the field. Nothing makes a captain happier than a solid team effort, and that’s what we had today,” said Du Preez.[/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”]
Earlier in the day, Lee scored a speedy 53 runs off 52 balls to lead the Proteas women to their second tournament triumph in Doha on Wednesday, their first T20 of their double-header assignment of the day.
Ireland managed 101/7 in their allotted 20 overs after they were asked to bat first. The bowlers played as a unit, with Daniels, Letsoalo, Kapp, Ismail and Loubser all taking a wicket each.
South Africa made a swift reply. Lee and opening partner Chetty (27*) once again laid the foundation for a strong chase with their 83-run opening stand, before the former was dismissed by Amy Keanley at the end of the 12th over. The Irish bowlers struggled with their lines, conceding 14 runs through extras.
Chetty and skipper du Preez (8*) kept their composure, adding 19 runs to get their side to victory. Du Preez was happy with the win but was reserving any celebrations for the end of the day.
“It was a great game played by the team,” she said.
“Today we executed our game plans well and, even when things went slightly off course, we were able to bring it back really well. That’s one out of two, now we look towards Pakistan later this evening.”
South Africa will turn their focus to the T20 final on Friday at the same ground. Play starts at 17:00 local time, 16:00 South Africa time.
Tour Fixtures and Results of the Qatar International T20 Cricket Championship: 19 January: Pakistan beat South Africa by 6 wickets (with 36 balls remaining) 19 January: Ireland beat Pakistan by 6 wickets (with 2 balls remaining) 20 January: South Africa beat Ireland by 46 runs 20 January: Pakistan beat Ireland by 21 runs 22 January: South Africa beat Ireland by 9 wickets (with 34 balls remaining) 22 January: South Africa beat Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 5 balls remaining) 24 January: T20 Series Final (D/N) (Doha Stadium) Tour Results for the Qatar International ODI Cricket Challenge: 10 January: Pakistan 183/9 (50); Ireland Women 73 (31); Pakistan won by 110 runs 11 January: South Africa v Ireland (Match abandoned without a ball bowled) 12 January: South Africa 125/8 (50); Pakistan 126/6 (49.1); Pakistan won by 4 wickets 13 January: Ireland 92 (48.3); Pakistan 93/3 (26); Pakistan won by 7 wickets 14 January: Ireland 53 (35.3); South Africa 54/2 (13.5); South Africa won by 8 wickets 15 January: Pakistan 101 (44.4); South Africa 105/7 (41.3); South Africa won by 3 wickets 17 January: Pakistan Women 94 (46.3); South Africa 95/6 (43.3); South Africa won by 4 wickets Squads for the Inaugural Qatar International T20 Tri-Series: Pakistan: Sana Mir (c) Bismah Maroof (vc) Asmavia Iqbal Batool Fatima (wk) Javeria Khan Javeria Rauf Nahida Khan Nain Abidi Nida Dar Qanita Jalil Sadia Yousuf Sania Khan Sidra Ameen Sumaiya Siddiqi South Africa: Mignon du Preez (c) Trisha Chetty (wk) Moseline Daniels Shandré Fritz Shabnim Ismail Marizanne Kapp Lizelle Lee Marcia Letsoalo Sunette Loubser Suné Luus Nadine Moodley Yolandi Potgieter Chloe Tryon Dané van Niekerk Ireland: Isobel Joyce (c) Laura Delany Emma Flanagan Jennifer Gray Cecelia Joyce Amy Kenealy Louise McCarthy Kate McKenna Lucy O’Reilly Rebecca Rolfe Melissa Scott-Hayward Clare Shillington Elena Tice Mary Waldron (wk)
Main Photo Caption: The Momentum SA Proteas take to the field at the start of their second T20 International fixture in Doha on Wednesday, 22 January, 2014. The Proteas started off the day by beating Ireland by 9 wicket, before beating tournament hosts Pakistan by 7 wickets, to qualify for Friday’s final, at the top of the group-stage log. Photo: Charlie Gouveia on twitter (@CharlieG812)
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