South Africa’s Lizelle Lee, winner of the Player of the Match award at the Twenty20 tri-series match against Ireland, poses for a picture at the West End Park International cricket Stadium here yesterday. South Africa won nine wickets. In the second match, South Africa defeated Pakistan by seven wickets.
Doha: South Africa women reiterated their dominance Twenty20 tri-series by completing comfortable wins against Pakistan and Ireland.
In a dress-rehearsal of tomorrow’s final, South Africa defeated Pakistan by seven wickets.
In the other match of the day, South Africa coasted to an emphatic nine-wicket win over Ireland.
Choosing to bowl on winning the toss for the second time on the day, South Africa made early inroads into the Pakistan batting line-up. Moseline Daniels struck in the first over to remove opener Marina Iqbal and Pakistan’s boat was further rocked as they lost their Player of the Match in their previous outing, Nain Abidi, in the second over.
Nida Dar hit the only six of the match, but she could only add 17 before being dismissed. 18-year-old legspinner Sune Luus then tightened South Africa’s grip with a couple of strikes in a stifling spell. Pakistan’s only resistance came through Nahida Khan, who scored 33, and that lifted them to their eventual score of 96.
But the total didn’t challenge South Africa. Despite losing Trisha Chetty early, South Africa made confident progress, with Mignon du Preez and Lizelle Lee adding 60 for the second wicket. Lee scored a patiend 30, but du Preez maintained brisk pace, scoring 38 in 34 balls with the help of four boundaries.
Both batsmen were dismissed, but Marizanne Kapp ensured there were no further hiccups as South Africa strolled to the target in the last over.
“It’s been a long day, but very rewarding for our team,” Mignon du Preez said.
“I’m so proud of the professionalism that the team displayed today. Everyone put their hand up, whether they were playing or not and everyone contributed to the success of the day.
Earlier, Lizelle Lee’s second consecutive fifty helped South Africa storm to a nine-wicket win over Ireland. Chasing 102, Lee smashed 53 off 52 balls to help South Africa finish the game with more than five overs to spare. The win confirmed South Africa and Pakistan as the finalists of the competition.
A combined bowling performance kept Ireland to a below-par score. THE PENINSULA