• Windies women level series

    West Indies women levelled their three-match T20 series against the Proteas women with a 45-run victory at the Wanderers on Sunday.

    Captain Stafanie Taylor scored 63 off 53 balls and took 2-17 to secure the win for her team. They posted 143-6 in their allotted overs after they were put in to bat first.

    Shabnim Ismail (3-25) took two quick wickets up front, leaving them on 17-2 after three overs, but Taylor and Deandra Dottin (19) shared a 68-run partnership for the third wicket to revive their innings.

    After that, short cameos by Stacy-Ann King (24 from 14 balls) and Kyshona Knight (16 from 16 balls) helped the visitors to a good total in the end.

    South Africa made a complete mess of their chase, crumbling to 98 all out with not one batsman getting to 20 runs. Marizanne Kapp top scored with 17 as the hosts were bowled out in 18.4 overs.

    Dinesha Devnarain (16), Ismail (13) and Mignon du Preez (12) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures.

    ‘Unfortunately it was not our best day at the office. Apart from one or two overs where we didn’t hit our lines and lengths, I think our bowlers did brilliantly,’ Du Preez said after the game.

    ‘Once again it’s our batters who are struggling to fire. I think when we go out to the middle there’s a little bit of indecisiveness and it seems as though they don’t back themselves. We are good batters, you don’t lose that overnight, we just need to work it out.

    ‘Our execution has not been the best but that’s something we can work on. I think the series decider at Newlands [on Wednesday] is going to be a brilliant game.’


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