FILE - South Africa’s Lizelle Lee in action during the first 2021 Womens T20 Series game against India earlier this year. Photo: Gauraw Singh/CSA
FILE - South Africa’s Lizelle Lee in action during the first 2021 Womens T20 Series game against India earlier this year. Photo: Gauraw Singh/CSA

Proteas opener Lizelle Lee rises to top spot in women’s ODI batting rankings

By Michael Sherman Time of article published Sep 14, 2021

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JOHANNESBURG – South Africa opener Lizelle Lee’s unbeaten 91 in the opening match of their series against the West Indies, in Antigua, on Monday, has helped her claim joint-first position in the Women’s ODI batting rankings.

Lee, who first seized the top position in June 2018 and again reached the summit in March this year, scored 18 runs in the second match, which also counted towards this week’s rankings update. She is now tied with India captain Mithali Raj at 762 rating points, with Australia’s Alyssa Healy six points behind in third place.

SA captain Dane van Niekerk has also made notable gains, advancing one spot to reach 25th position among batters and six places to 19th among bowlers after finishing with two wickets each in the first two matches of the series, which South Africa won by margins of eight and nine wickets.

Wicketkeeper Trisha Chetty (up one place to 44th) and Lara Goodall (up four places to 51st) are the other South Africa batters to progress, while 10th-ranked Laura Wolvaardt’s scores of 36 and 71 not out see her gain 14 points and reach within four rating points of India opener Smriti Mandhana. Ayabonga Khaka (up one place to seventh) and Tumi Sekhukhune (up two places to 35th) have moved up the bowlers’ list.

In the women’s T20I player rankings, which takes into account performances in the last match of the England- New Zealand series and 13 matches of the Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifiers, Zimbabwe’s Modester Mupachikwa has entered the top-20 for batters, gaining 10 slots for her 133 runs in four innings.

Mary-Anne Musonda, who struck an unbeaten 52 against Tanzania to be named Player of the Match, has gained 14 slots to reach 52nd position in the list led by India’s hard-hitting opener Shafali Verma.

Tanzania’s Fatuma Kibasu (53rd) and Uganda’s Immaculate Nakisuuyi (55th) have re-entered the batters’ rankings.

African News Agency (ANA)

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