Marizanne Kapp was at her blistering best with both bat and ball for South Africa in the rain-affected second ODI against Sri Lanka to help seal a series-winning 2-0 lead, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.
The Proteas beat Sri Lanka by 30 runs on the DLS method in Potchefstroom to clinch an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The home side secured a comfortable win at Senwes Park, despite missing the expertise of captain Dane van Niekerk due to injury.
After being inserted to bat first, the Proteas enjoyed a great start to their innings with Andrie Steyn (24 off 40 balls, 3×4) and Laura Wolvaardt putting together 71 runs for the opening stand before Steyn was trapped leg before by Inoka Ranaweera (1-52).
Wolvaardt atoned for her golden duck in the first ODI by racking up 64 runs (69 balls, 8×4) as the 19-year-old registered her 12th ODI half-century. Lara Goodall walked to the crease at No 3 and added 52 (77 balls, 5×4) before being dismissed by Kavisha Dilhari (2-34 in 10 overs) during the final powerplay overs.
Marizanne Kapp was at her best with the bat to help power South Africa to 268-7 in their 50 overs. The all-rounder smashed six fours and four sensational sixes on her way to a swashbuckling 69 not out off 34 balls.
The rain delayed proceedings early in Sri Lanka’s reply and resulted in their innings being reduced to 47 overs, with a revised target of 262 runs.
The early dismissal of Prasadani Weerakkody by Kapp (2-41 in nine overs) didn’t phase the visitors as captain Chamari Athapaththu smashed a sensational 94 off 78 balls (13×4, 3×6) before being dismissed by stand-in captain Sune Luus (1-38 in 10 overs) within sight of her century.
Breakthrough by @SuneLuus! The wicket-keeper Faye Tunnicliffe takes a good catch to get rid of Attapaththu for 94 (78 balls, 13x4s, 3x6s). SL wmn currently 134/2 (22.2 ovs), need 128.#ProteasWomen #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/JAAnboWJJJ
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 14, 2019
Having posted a 110-run partnership alongside her captain, Anushka Sanjeewani (46 off 68 balls, 3×4) continued the Sri Lankan cause before a brilliant yorker from Kapp bowled the right-hander with the Islanders still needing 99 runs for the win.
The Sri Lankan innings fell apart soon after that as wickets fell in quick succession, including four run-outs that saw the visitors dismissed for 231 in the 47th and final over to leave them 31 runs short of their revised target.
South Africa and Sri Lanka will face off in the final ODI of the three-match series at the same venue on Sunday, with the Proteas hoping to complete another series whitewash over the Islanders following their recent T20I series sweep.
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