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Cricket news - All-round Kapp trumps Athapaththu as SA clinch ODI series

Kapp hit an unbeaten 69 and then picked up two wickets.

Chamari Athapaththu scored a thrilling 78-ball 94 but finished second best to the all-round brilliance of Marizanne Kapp (69*, 2-41) as South Africa clinched the ODI series with a 30-run win [by DLS method] in the second ODI at Potchefstroom. In a second successive rain-hit game, Sri Lanka were set 261 to chase from 47 overs but found no one in the same plane of batting pedigree as their captain and conceded the series.

South Africa were dealt a cruel blow at the start of the game when captain and centurion from the first ODI, Dane van Niekerk, was ruled out of action for three months with a stress fracture of the right femur. Sune Luus took over as captain but was not lucky with the coin flip meaning the hosts had the unenviable task of batting first with rains constantly looming.

If there were concerns at this stage, they were spectacularly allayed by Laura Wolvaardt, who got the team off to a sparkling start. The pair of Andrie Steyn and Wolvaardt added 71 in 14 overs before Inoka Ranaweera gave the visitors the first strike. Wolvaardt struck eight fours in her 69-ball knock of 64 before Shashikala Siriwardene halted her charge. While Lara Goodall held fort at one end, South Africa endured a middle-order wobble as Mignon du Preez, Luus and Nadine de Klerk departed cheaply.

When Goodall fell for 52, the hosts had slipped to 183 for 6 in the 42nd over and were in danger of a grossly sub-par total. Kapp launched a full-blooded counter-attack, her hitting catching the visitors completely off guard. Kapp struck four sixes and six fours in her undefeated knock of 34-ball 69 that propelled the total to 268.

The South African star was in no mood to cool her heels after getting to her seventh ODI half-century. If anything, she proved to be just as decisive with her main suit - bowling.

Kapp packed off Prasadani Weerakkody early and returned at a crucial juncture to end a 110-run stand between the marauding Athapatthu and Anushka Sanjeeewani (46 off 68) by dismissing the latter. That wicket, in hindsight, turned out to be a body blow for the visitors, who struggled to find anybody in the middle-order to sustain the momentum that Athapaththu so desperately generated from one end.

Harshitha Madavi scored 30 and Nilakshi de Silva added a surprisingly sedate 48-ball 26, but with Siriwardene getting run-out for a one-ball duck and Oshadi Ranasinghe falling in a similar manner a few overs later, the writing was on the wall. Sri Lanka eventually were bowled out four balls short of their alloted 47 overs.

Brief Scores: South Africa 268/7 in 50 overs (Marizanne Kapp 69*, Laura Wolvaardt 64; Kavisha Dilhari 2-34) beat Sri Lanka 231 in 46.2 overs [47] (Chamari Athapaththu 94, Anusha Sanjeewani 46; Marizanne Kapp 2-41, Tumi Sekhukhune 2-55) by 30 runs [DLS Method].

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