Proteas women's team gave an impressive overall performance securing a win by seven-wickets in the final Women’s One-Day International against India on Saturday at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
Despite losing the first two encounters and thus the series against India, the Proteas women's team delivered a spectacular performance in the final ODI in a bid to secure points that may ensure a spot as one of the top four teams.
The top four teams from the ICC Women’s Championships will automatically qualify for the 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup.
After winning the toss, India’s captain opted to bat but the team was immediately under pressure when Shabnim Ismail (4/30) bowled out Smriti Mandhana for a third-ball duck in the first over. Raj followed a similar fate as Mandhana after being sent back to the pavilion by Ayabonga Khaka for just 4.
Luckily for India, Deepti Sharma rescued the innings, scoring 79 runs. Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy assisted by pushing India up to 186/4 with their 25 and 56 runs respectively.
Mignon du Preez was South Africa’s woman of the moment cementing the Proteas’s seven-wicket win over India after hitting 90 not out of 111 balls and only four balls to spare outdoing India’s 240 from their 50 overs.
Captain Dane van Niekerk and opener Laura Wolvaardt also pushed SA to its win contributing 41 and 59 runs respectively with Wolvaardt only being dismissed at the end of the 39th over.
Saturday’s performance had Wolvaardt reach her eighth ODI half-century and become, at 18 years and 290 days old, the youngest women to reach 1000 ODI runs, second overall only to Pakistan’ Shahid Afridi who reached 1000 runs at 17 years and 215 days old.
After Wolvaardt was bowled out, du Preez’s and van Niekerk’s partnership helped add on the 72 runs needed to reach their 240 runs target.