Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Shabnim Ismail four-fer helps South Africa clinch series. West Indies made only 174 after Shabnim's four-fer.
West Indies made only 174 after Shabnim's four-fer.
South Africa Women clinched the four-match ODI series against West Indies Women 2-1 with a convincing six-wicket victory in the fourth and final game in Johannesburg on Sunday (February 6). Shabnim Ismail's 4-44 helped South Africa shoot down the visitors for 174 in the final over,before Andrie Steyn (52) and skipper Sune Luus (47) set up a comfortable chase with their 88-run stand for the third wicket.
Ismail struck in the fifth over itself after West Indies opted to bat, taking out Rashada Williams for a laboured six. However, the visitors were shored up by a 64-run stand between in-form Deandra Dottin (36 off 63) and Kycia Knight (48 off 76). It was Ismail again who got the hosts the much-needed breakthrough before the alliance picked up any pace. A dramatic collapse ensued where Chloe Tryon and Ayabonga Khaka struck twice each and Ismail added two more to her tally as Windes slipped from a comfortable 104/2 to lose their last eight for an addition of mere 70 runs.
South Africa started their reply cautiously before losing both openers Laura Wolvaardt (23) and Tazmin Bits (20) in the space of three overs. From 56 for 2, Luus joined hands with Steyn to forge the match-wining partnership. The duo took south Africa past the 100-run mark in the 26th over before picking up some pace.
However, Luus fell three short of her fifty when she was trapped lbw by her counterpart Anisa Mohammed in the 35th over. Steyn though went on to raise her 70-ball half-century but fell soon after as the West Indies' captain picked up her second scalp in the succeeding over. It came too late in the day though and Tryon launched a flurry of boundaries in her unbeaten cameo of 20 that helped South Africa over the line with more than ten overs to spare.
Brief scores: West Indies Women 174 all out in 49.2 overs (Kycia Knight 48, Deandra Dottin 36; Shabnim Ismail 4-44) lost to South Africa Women 175/4 in 39.5 overs (Andrie Steyn 52, Sune Luus 47; Anisa Mohammed 2-31) by 6 wickets