Sune Luus’s fiery spell helps proteas clean sweep New Zealand in ODI series

In the recently concluded series – South Africa vs New Zealand, the visitors South Africa have whitewashed the White Ferns in ODI’s for the first time in Kiwi’s home ground.

Sune Luus
Sune Luus. Pic Credits: ICC/Twitter

Although this wasn’t their first series win in New Zealand it has more impact because the World Cup is due in 20 days and such victories help the side to gain confidence and build momentum.

Along with the series win, many records were also shattered. In the final match of the series, South Africa won toss and elected to field first, New Zealand got off to a slow start and the Proteas bowlers maintained the pressure while taking wickets consistently, Batters Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine tried to gain momentum but soon Sune Luus’s fiery spell helped the proteas to completely dominate over the hosts, she bagged wickets of Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen, Katey Martin, and Leigh Kasperek after those of Katie Perkins and Bates.

With a below-par score to chase, proteas openers Lizelle Lee (20) and Laura Wolvaardt (26) made 40 runs for the first wicket. Their depth in batting helped the side to chase smoothly and clinch the victory. This series win has led the South African side to climb up to 3rd position in the ICC Women’s Championship table with 22 points from 18 matches.

ICC Women’s Championship, 2017-20: Points table (As of January 30, 2020)

Team Games Won Lost Tied No Result Points
Australia 18 17 1 0 0 34
England 21 14 6 0 1 29
South Africa 18 10 6 1 1 22
India 18 10 8 0 0 20
Pakistan 18 7 9 1 1 16
New Zealand 18 7 11 0 0 14
West Indies 21 6 14 0 1 13
Sri Lanka 18 1 17 0 0 2
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Now the sides will begin their encounter in the T20 series and the hosts will look forward to taking revenge from the visitors. Five match T20 series starts from 2nd February, 1st game being played in Tauranga.

T20I Fixtures:

Feb 02, New Zealand Women vs South Africa Women, 1st T20I
IST 8:30 AM

Feb 06, New Zealand Women vs South Africa Women, 2nd T20I
IST 6:30 AM

Feb 09, New Zealand Women vs South Africa Women, 3rd T20I
IST 6:30 AM

Feb 10, New Zealand Women vs South Africa Women, 4th T20I
IST 6:30 AM

Feb 13, New Zealand Women vs South Africa Women, 5th T20I
IST 6:30 AM

Source: ICC

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