Match Report | South Africa vs West Indies | 2nd ODI | Dottin provides another Super Over masterclass
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
Picture Courtesy: Hindustan Times
The rain again came to play the spoilsport like the 1st ODI. Due to the rain delay, the match was reduced to 41-overs per side. After winning the toss in overcast conditions, West Indies quite expectedly opted to bowl first.
Windies’ disciplined bowling never let SA batters settle
South African opening pair Tazmin Brits and Laura Wolvaardt started to build the innings at a very sedate pace. After the first 10 overs, South Africa were on 39 without losing any wicket. They certainly missed the firepower that Lizelle Lee provides at the top. This new pair took their time to settle and steered the innings to 50 in the 15th over.
After putting up a 50-partnership, Chinelle Henry immediately struck and dismissed Wolvaardt for 25 (49). In trying to pace the innings, South Africa lost another couple of wickets after the opening blow. Lara Goodall danced down the track and missed the ball from Ramharack completely which ended up rattling the stumps. Henry also took the other opener Brits for 25 (55) and Proteas found themselves 58/3 in 18.2 overs.
Then, it was the captain Sune Luus who resurrected the SA innings. Mignon du Preez stayed with her captain for 7 overs and then got out for 9 (20) to Hayley Matthews. Luus was accompanied by her deputy Chloe Tryon and both of them built a partnership of 29 runs until she threw her wicket on the brink of her 50. Her 46 (52) offered some stability to the South African innings but they struggled to weave big partnerships throughout the innings which emerged as a big concern for this team amidst the absence of their four senior players – Niekerk, Kapp, Lee, and Chetty.
Young keeper Jafta joined Tryon in the middle. But again, West Indies halted their charge when Henry took a stunner to dismiss Tryon for 18 (21). Jafta 14 (16), on the other end, was looking promising until her dismissal reduced South Africa to 146 for 7 after 35.2 overs. Windies bowlers then cleaned up the tail in a canter as they wrapped by the South Africa innings on 160 (40.4). All the 5 bowlers of the West Indies took 2 wickets each.
It was Khaka’s day to shine
When the 2nd innings started unfolding, it was no different - the Wanderers pitch emerged as a bowlers’ paradise. In the 2nd over, Klass got the early breakthrough in Knight who tried to loft but was caught at cover. Dottin continued to play her natural game. But, Khaka just changed the course of the match by taking 2 more wickets in a short span of time. She got the wickets of Dottin and Matthews to reduce West Indies to 48/3 after 11 overs.
West Indies still needed 113 runs to win in 30 overs. For an untested middle-order against a top bowling side, this was going to be a steep chase. And captain Stafanie Taylor had a huge responsibility to bring her team out of this situation. She, alongside Campbelle had a partnership of 33 runs. But captain Luus dismissed the opposing captain Taylor. In the 20th over. She first got Taylor and then dismissed Campbelle in the same over. When South Africa seemed to be in full control of the game, Chedean Nation and Chinelle Henry put up a very important partnership of 54.
It was Khaka’s day and she knew it. On the first ball of the 32nd over, she bowled Henry out on 26 (28) and trapped Connell LBW on the next ball. With these back-to-back wickets, Khaka completed her maiden 5-fer for South Africa. These were the best figures for a South African bowler against West Indies in ODIs. Khaka gets overshadowed by Kapp and Ismail most of the time. But, her consistency in taking wickets is second to none in this team.
Women’s cricket produces back-to-back thrillers to grab more attention
West Indies were 137/8 after 31.2 overs. Chedean Nation was still fighting for her team and negotiating the gap between required runs and no. of balls left. When they only needed 3 runs to win, Nation played a needless shot in the air and Tazmin Brits made no mistake leaving her team 9 down. On the 4th delivery of the 38th over, Ismail produced an absolute peach of a delivery that hit the pads of Selman and sealed a tie for South Africa.
Dottin finished the unfinished job of the 1st ODI by producing another super-over heroics
As per the new ruling, Super Overs will decide the fate of tied ODI matches as well. We haven’t seen much of them in the Women’s ODIs with the first instance of it also being played between South Africa and West Indies in last September which was also won by the West Indies. In the Super Over, Dottin and Matthews walked out to the middle and Luus gave the ball to Ismail. Dottin meant business from Ball 1. She went – 2, 4, 4, 6, 3 and Matthews provided a cherry on the cake by hitting the last ball for a 6 as well to leave South Africa with 26 to win.
South Africa gave the responsibility of chasing the total to Tazmin Brits and Chloe Tryon with Laura Wolvaardt as their 3rd batter.
Tryon started off well with a 6 off the first ball. She managed a single off the next ball after which Brits hit back-to-back boundaries and snatched 2 more runs off the 5th ball. But, scoring 26 runs was never going to be easy as she was dismissed off the last ball as they fell short by 8 runs. West Indies lead 1-0 with 2 matches to go.
25 runs scored the West Indies Women in the Super Over were the joint-highest with the West Indies Men who also scored as many in 2008.
South Africa – 160 (40.4) S. Luus 46 (52), L. Wolvaardt 25 (49); H. Matthews 2/21 (7.4), S. Connell 2/22 (8)
West Indies – 160 (37.4) D. Dottin 37 (31), C. Nation 35 (52); A. Khaka 5/26 (8), S. Luus 2/25 (7)