Match Report | South Africa vs West Indies | 1st ODI | Dottin’s thunderous 150 went in vain as rain ensured Proteas lucky escape
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
Picture Courtesy: Times Live
In the opening game of the 4-match WODI series at Johannesburg, South African captain Sune Luus won the toss and elected to bowl first. In the absence of Lizelle Lee, South Africa fielded Tazmin Brits as the opener and Sinalo Jafta as the wicket-keeper in place of Trisha Chetty. Marizanne Kapp missed the first game. On the other hand, West Indies left out their most successful bowler Anisa Mohammed.
Speedster Shabnim Ismail gave South Africa the breakthrough as she trapped Rashada Williams LBW. Khaka followed it up as she struck in the last over of the powerplay to end Kycia Knight’s struggle at 1 (19). Windies were 27/2 and South Africa was in complete control of the game. But, Dottin had other plans. She reached her 22nd ODI half-century and brought the derailed innings on the track. Meanwhile, Stafanie Taylor sustained a sharp blow to her arm by a shot from Dottin on the non-striker’s end and she had to miss the remainder of the game.
Hayley Matthews then joined Dottin in the middle and started to stitch a partnership. Dottin raced through to her 3rd ODI century in 113 balls as West Indies reached 154/2 in 33 overs. The Proteas' bowling was looking utterly helpless in front of the Dottin carnage. But, the rain halted the game in the 37th over. After a while, the game started with Matthews scoring a fifty and bringing up a 150-runs partnership between them. Masabata Klass finally got the breakthrough as Matthews departed for 51 (63). But on the other end, Dottin continued on a rampage. She reached her 150 before the rain stopped play again. West Indies were on 234/3 in 45.3 overs.
The revised playing conditions of the 2nd innings meant that South Africa had to chase 204 runs in 29 overs. West Indies carried their confidence forward to the 2nd innings and produced a dream start. Connell bowled Wolvaardt out on 6 (8). West Indies bowlers kept bamboozling the SA batting line-up who found themselves 87 for 5 after 17.4 overs. Both the openers, captain Luus, and vice-captain Tryon were all sent back to the dug-out and South Africa were in deep trouble. Ramharack and Matthews were rewarded for their accurate bowling with 2 wickets each. But, the rain had the final say and the game ended with no result.
West Indies – 234/3 (45.3) D. Dottin 150* (158), H. Matthews 51 (63); S. Ismail 1/24 (8), A. Khaka 1/55 (8)
South Africa – 87/5 (17.4) T. Brits 32 (37), M. du Preez 19* (13); K. Ramharack 2/18 (4.4), H. Matthews 2/27 (5)