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South Africa complete series sweep of Pakistan

SA v Pak, 3rd ODI, report

South Africa wrapped up a 3-0 ODI series win over Pakistan with an emphatic 32-run victory at Kingsmead.

 

The Proteas had set an achievable target of 201, but captain Sune Luus brought up her 100th ODI career wicket during a crucial spell, dismissing three of the Pakistan top and middle order to take the wind out of the visitors’ run chase to help the home side bowl Pakistan all out for 169.

For Pakistan, seamer Diana Baig enjoyed career-best bowling figures of 4/30.

A strong first-wicket partnership between Lizelle Lee and Laura Woolvaardt put the Proteas in a good position inside the first 10 overs at 49/0, with Fatima Sana feeling the wrath of the opening pair as they sent her for 14 in just the fifth over of the innings.

The pair continued to build steadily until Lee (49) was dismissed by Nashra Sandhu just one run shy of her half-century in the 18th over to put South Africa at 79/1.

Woolvaardt kicked on in her opening partner’s absence, reaching 50 off 60 balls as she sent Sana to the boundary in consecutive deliveries, giving the hosts 118/1 at the halfway stage.

Baig forced a breakthrough three overs later, dismissing Wolvaardt on 58, caught behind by Sidra Nawaz and followed up to dismiss Lara Goodall three balls later for a duck.

The South African top and middle-order continued to fall relatively cheaply, with Luus (15), Tazmin Brits (4) Anneke Bosch (15) and Shabnim Ismail (1) going, leaving South Africa sitting at 157/7 in the 38th over.

But a dogged knock of 34 from wicketkeeper-batter Trisha Chetty helped amass some necessary runs late in the innings, eventually falling in the final over to Baig and the Proteas finishing at 201.

Seamer Ismail got straight into the Pakistan batters, dismissing Nahida Khan (3) and Omaima Sohail (2) inside five overs.

It was then Luus’ turn to torment the tourists, first taking the wicket of Kainat Imtiaz for 16, before the dangerous duo of Javeria Khan (33) and Nida Dar (14) to leave Pakistan floundering at 73/5 after 25.1 overs.

Nawaz and the series leading run-scorer Aliya Riaz put up some resistance for the sixth wicket, putting on 41 runs before Ayabonga Khaka’s sharp catch from her own bowling sent Nawaz back to the pavilion on 25.

Pakistan’s thin hopes had all but dissipated when Ismail clean bowled Riaz on 27 with Pakistan still 70 runs shy of the 201 target in the 39th over.

Baig’s late rally ensured Pakistan continued fighting before being duped by a skilled slower delivery from Khaka and clean bowled for 21, the visitors eventually falling all out for 169.

The two sides will now play a three-match T20 International Series starting on Friday.

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