Summary: Match 4 – Mignon du Preez holds nerve in 100th T20I to seal historic win for South Africa

Captain leading from front earned South Africa win over England by 6 wickets at W.A.C.A, Perth.on Sunday.

 

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

 

Dane Van Niekerk’s excellence with bat and ball played a huge role in defeating the ODI champions England in a thrilling way at Perth.

Winning the all-important toss South Africa opted to bowl. Opening the inning Amy Jones had a quick start with 23 runs in 20 balls scoring 4 boundaries. Amy Jones got dismissed by Kapp on 23. Wyatt on the other side too lost her wicket for 2. Heather Knight the skipper lost her wicket early by her counterpart on 6.

England struggling at 43 for 3, the allrounder Sciver and Wilson tried their best to repair the damage as they had a decent partnership of 39 which helped England have some runs on the board. Wilson after a decent stand got out at 14.

Nat Sciver who kept losing partners did not give up and scored an important 50 that helped England cross 120 marks and finish the inning at 123 for 8 in 20 overs.

With the ball, it was a trio of Khaka, Kapp and Niekerk made the life of English batters difficult. Bowlers got good support from their fielders too with some sharp catches.

Chasing the target of 124 it was not an easy task for South Africa. The destructive opener Lee did not spend much time at the crease.

Skipper and the senior pro-Kapp took responsibility in an important match, the real-life duo had an all-important partnership of 84 runs which played a key role in England’s defeat. Though it looked like a cakewalk, England used all their experience and came back into the match dismissing the duo. All credits to the left-arm spinner Ecclestone who picked up two wickets and turned the match into a thriller.

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At the end with 9 required in last over. The pocket dynamo Mignon Du Preez who has the experience of playing the English bowlers and also a finisher scored a timely 6 in the last over which made South Africa chase the target in 19.4 overs.

This is the first win for South Africa women against England women in the history of the world cup.

It is definitely a setback to the ODI champions and will try their best coming back stronger in the next match.

Brief Scores: England 123 for 8 in 20 overs ( Sciver 50 & Khaka 3 for 25) lost to South Africa 127 for 4 in 19.4 overs ( Niekerk 46 & Ecclestone 2 for 19) by 6 wickets.

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