South Africa women defeat Board President’s XI by 83 runs to start India tour on winning note
South Africa women started their India tour on a positive note as they defeated Board President’s XI by 83 runs in the second T20 warm-up match in Surat on Sunday.
The first warm-up game was abandoned due to inclement weather.
South Africa women first posted a descent 174/5 after opting to bat and later bundled out the hosts for paltry 91 to kick off their campaign on a high.
Luus, a leg-break bowler, returned with best figures of 3/17 for South Africa women as she ran through the BPXI’s middle-order.
Wicket-keeper Lizelle Lee stoked her way to 65 off just 48 balls for South Africa women, Tazmin Brits made 20 off 19 as they duo shared 61 runs for the opening stand to lay the foundation for the score.
Lee was in her elements as he took on the opposition bowlers, hammering 10 fours and a six.
BPXI bowlers then removed Brits and one-down Laura Wolvaardt (7) in quick succession, but that did not deter Lee from playing her natural game.
For the visitors, a late onslaught by Mignon du Preez (40 off 18 balls) coupled with Nandine de Klerk’s 29 helped them go past the 170-run mark.
Preez stuck six boundaries and cleared the fence once during her entertaining knock.
For the hosts, off-break bowler Tarannum Pathan grabbed two wickets conceding 23 runs, while pacers Pooja Vastarakar, part of the main squad, had forgettable figures of 1/32.
Chasing the target, BPXI were tottering at 4/6 after their first four batters walked back to the pavilion in no time.
Openers MD Thirushkamini (2), young prodigy Shefali Verma (0), Vanitha VR (4) and skipper Sushma Verma (0) had a forgettable outing as the South Africa women bowlers wreaked havoc inside the first two overs.
From there on, it was always a catch-up game for the hosts and eventually they were folded for 91.
Bharti Fulmani (23) and Mansi Joshi (20) got some runs but South Africa women picked up wickets at regular intervals to maintain their upper hand.
Apart from the South African skipper, right-arm medium pacer Shabnim Ismail (3/11) and Ayabonga Khaka (2/7) also played a part in the win with their bowling efforts.
The five-match T20 series between South Africa women and India women begins in Surat from September 24. It will be followed by three-match ODI series.