Van Niekerk serves Raj a golden duck

South Africa's captain gave her Indian counterpart her first taste of it in 163 innings, and it proved a decisive blow.
Dane van Niekerk

Any of the seven sixes that Lizelle Lee hit in her 65-ball 92 during South Africa's 115-run win over India in the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup game in Leicester could qualify for the moment of the day. Even Hannah Rowe's two wickets in two balls on her World Cup debut or Sophie Devine's 41-ball 93 not out during New Zealand's eight-wicket win over Pakistan could too come close. But it was Mithali Raj's first-ball duck that created a bigger buzz.

With India chasing 274, India was 47 for 2 when Raj, the Indian captain, kept the book on Rumi aside and walked out to the middle. Even as she was taking guard in a difficult chase, it was not difficult to remember that she was 34 runs away from becoming the highest run-getter in Women's One-Day Internationals, and 41 away from becoming the first to 6,000.

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WICKET: Dane van Niekerk dismisses Mithali Raj for a duck

Dane van Niekerk, the South African captain, set an attacking field, and bowled a straight delivery, which Raj failed to read. She played for turn and was bowled. It was the fifth duck in 163 innings, but the first time that it was a golden one.

Captain to captain – a decisive blow for South Africa over India. Symbolic.

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