Summary: 3rd ODI – Sune Luus creates history and leads South Africa to 3-0 Series whitewash

The ICC Championship for Women’s is underway and New Zealand battled it out against South Africa at home with the third ODI coming to a close at the Seddon Park, Hamilton in the 3-match ODI series with the visitors managing a clean sweep over the hosts and winning the series 3-0.

 

South Africa Women's Cricket team
South Africa Women’s Cricket team. Pic Credits: Twitter

 

On a rather good wicket to bat on, South Africa won the toss and skipper Dane van Niekerk opted to bowl first considering the dew factor which comes in especially in the latter half of the game. The home side came out to bat and was off to a disastrous start as both the openers Lauren Down & Maddy Green departed early with Shabnim Ismail giving the visitors their first breakthrough and Marizanne Kapp joining in from the other end to give South Africa the ideal start. Former White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates provided solidarity in the middle for the home side by scoring a half-century but departed soon after she reached the landmark.

The star of the show was the leg spinner Sune Luus who ended up with figures of 6/45 and completely dented the hopes of the home team of any possible revival and restricted the opposition to a paltry 149 who didn’t even manage to play 40 overs.

South Africa who had already won the series after the first 2 ODI’s came into the chase rather confidently with openers Lizelle Lee (20 off 23) and Laura Wolvaardt (26 off 51) providing a decent start to the innings. Skipper Dane van Niekerk (30 off 40) provided stability in the middle order until Mignon Du Preez (35* off 47) and Marizanne Kapp (16* off 30) provided the finishing touches. South Africa eventually chased the target down in 37.2 overs and won the game by 6 wickets which meant that New Zealand was handed their third straight loss in a row in this 3 match ODI series.

These two teams will now face each other in the 5-match T20I series which begins from the 2nd of Feb and this will be the much-needed practice for both sides to figure out the right combinations they need before they towards the world cup in Australia.

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Brief Scores:

NZW: 149 (38.1 overs) RSAW: 150-4 (37.2 overs) Result: RSAW won by 6 wickets

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