CAPE TOWN –The Proteas women suffered a close, three-run loss in their second unofficial warm-up match against India at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday.
India posted 146/4 at the end of their allotted overs after electing to bat first. Jemimah Rodrigues was the leading run scorer with 50 from 44 balls (1x4, 2x6s), followed by captain Harmanpreet Kaur who hit 31 from 29. Taniya Bhatia made a good cameo, chipping in with 26 runs from 21 deliveries.
Although there were a few missed opportunities with the fielding, the bowlers did well to restrict the sub-continent side to their final score. Masabata Klaas was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 2/15 in three overs while Tumi Sekhukhune (1/25) and Marizanne Kapp (1/30) adding one each.
South Africa’s batting reply got off to a good start thanks to captain Dané van Niekerk who came out swinging from ball one. Although they lost Lizelle Lee for nine, the skipper continued to charge ahead smashing 35 from 22 balls (5x4s, 1x6) before her progress was ended by Radha Yadav.
Laura Wolvaardt, batting at No 3 top-scored for South Africa, hitting 42 in 45 deliveries as she tried to get her side over the line. South Africa’s old foe, though, crept up when they lost two wickets in quick succession – Suné Luus for six and Mignon du Preez for one.