Proteas Women Make History with 2-1 ODI Series Win Over Pakistan

The Proteas Women celebrated their away comeback 2-1 series victory against Pakistan in the ODI championship, which ended in a loss to the home side on Friday after winning the two earlier matches. Photo: Proteas Women (X)

No series whitewash for South Africa, yet they stand tall after clinching the ODI series against Pakistan 2-1 at the National Stadium, Karachi on Friday, 14 September, 2023. 

What adds a sweet taste to this victory is how South Africa swiftly rebounded after the tough T20i series, where they faced a 3-0 defeat. Reflecting on today’s match, which was claimed by Pakistan, South Africa chose to bat after winning the toss, but lost Captain Laura Wolvaardt without scoring in the very first over. 

Despite a few notable contributions, including Nadine de Klerk’s impressive 60, Pakistan kept the pressure on and dismissed South Africa for 185 in the 49th over. 

In response, Pakistan had an early setback with Sadaf Shamas departing for 13. However, Bismah Maroof and Sierra Ameen’s formidable 110-run partnership for the second wicket kept the run chase firmly on track. Maroof then combined with Aliya Riaz, scoring an unbeaten 37 off 31 balls, securing Pakistan’s victory by 8 wickets. 

Although they missed out on a 3-0 series whitewash, they return home with a confidence-boosting 2-1 series win in the ODIs and a few promising new talents for the future. 

Nadine de Klerk’s standout performance in the second ODI was pivotal in South Africa’s dominant 2-0 lead against Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi on Monday, 11 September 2023. 

The rising all-rounder delivered a career-best performance of 4/32 in eight overs, and aided by Masabata Klaas’ miserly three wickets, South Africa bowled the hosts out for 169, justifying their decision to bowl first. 

In the first match, The Proteas Women bounced back from the T20 International series defeat with a convincing 127-run victory in the first of three ICC Women’s Championship One-Day Internationals (ODI) against Pakistan, thanks to match-winning centuries from Suné Luus and Marizanne Kapp in Karachi on Friday, 8 September. 

South Africa also used the tour to introduce new stars, reminiscent of their 2019 India tour where players like Nonkululeko Mlaba debuted. 

Speaking to the media after the game, captain Laura Wolvaardt said: “The first two ODIs, we played very well in all three aspects of the game. I think today we just struggled to put together any partnerships with the bat. I think we were well short with the runs that we scored. 

“I think we didn’t have a good start and we struggled with momentum throughout the innings. It seems the ball was coming onto the bat nicer under lights. We ended up being a lot of runs too short.,” said Wolvaardt. 

Reflecting on her team’s experience in Pakistan, she said: “It’s been a historic tour coming to Pakistan for the first time and the girls have thoroughly enjoyed it and everyone has been very friendly and welcoming.”


Photo Caption: The Proteas Women celebrated their away comeback 2-1 series victory against Pakistan in the ODI championship, which ended in a loss to the home side on Friday after winning the two earlier matches. 

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