Marizanne Kapp led a relentless bowling performance to limit New Zealand to 115 in Auckland before South Africa started chasing its ODI ICC Women’s Championship.
The guests only needed 23.5 overs to chase the finish in Eden Park, Auckland, and took the lead with an 8-wicket win 2-0 in the 3-match series.
Laura Wolvaardt, who scored a good fifty in the previous game, could not miss the mark and was fired by New Zealand captain Sophie Devine for a 12 ball duck. But Lizelle Lee quickly dashed New Zealand’s hopes of building an improbable defense by attacking her. Her 43-ball stroke was laced with five fours and six when she scored 38 to follow her 99 from the previous game.
After being released by debutante Jess Kerr, Mignon du Preez continued the attack while Sune Luus played a quieter hand on the other end. Du Preez finished with 35 * out of 27 balls, with eight hits to the fence. Luus remained undefeated 37: 62 and hit the winning line to hit South Africa 117: 2.
Previously, Kapp made a quick impression with the new ball and fired both openers within the first five overs. Maddy Green was in front twice, Bernadine Bezuidenhout six times.
Suzie Bates and Devine set up a promising stand with 22 runs, but before anything significant could develop from it, Devine was dropped out for 9 and Katie Perkins was fired the same way in the next game without facing a ball.
Bates and Katey Martin then rebuilt and added 47 for the fifth wicket. At 86/4, New Zealand would have hoped to draw a somewhat challenging record, but running three goals in the next nine balls would have thrown them back. Dane van Niekerk opened the gates by getting rid of Martin and firing Ayabonga Khaka Bates (38) and Amelia Kerr (0) on the same lap.
South Africa claim the series 2-0, and pocket two more ICC Women's Championship points!— ICC (@ICC) January 27, 2020
After bundling New Zealand for 115 in the second ODI, their batters have little trouble chasing the target down. They win by eight wickets.
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Hayley Jensen took the last breath before Kapp brought it to a close and defeated Leigh Kasperek and Jess Kerr with 4/29.
The third ODI will be played in Hamilton on Thursday, January 30th. New Zealand will fight for more than one consolation win as two ICC Women’s Championship points are at stake. With only seven wins from 17 games, they sit on the table with eight teams in sixth place. South Africa has strengthened its position in the top 4 with the recent victory.