Centuries Galore as South Africa Women Crush Pakistan in 1st ODI
South Africa Women’s cricket team dominates Pakistan with centuries by Luus and Kapp, securing a 127-run victory in the 1st ODI clash.
South Africa Women’s Cricket Team Dominates Pakistan in 1st ODI with Centuries by Luus and Kapp
In a spectacular display of cricketing prowess, Sune Luus and Marizanne Kapp smashed centuries, while Nadine de Klerk and Nonkululeko Mlaba excelled with the ball, propelling the South Africa Women’s team to a resounding 127-run victory over Pakistan Women in the first ODI held on Friday.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, interim captain Laura Wolvaardt set the stage for South Africa’s commanding performance. Despite early wobbles at 64/3 with Tazmin Brits (17), Wolvaardt (17), and Lara Goodall (15) dismissed, the experienced duo of Luus and Kapp engineered a remarkable recovery. Their partnership of 183 runs for the fourth wicket powered South Africa to a competitive total of 292/4 in 50 overs.
Sune Luus showcased her batting prowess with an unbeaten 107 runs off 129 deliveries, featuring seven boundaries, while Marizanne Kapp’s scintillating century saw her amass 100 runs from 105 balls, including 12 fours and one six. Nadine de Klerk contributed with a quick 23-ball 29 to further bolster the innings.
In response, Pakistan faced early setbacks as opener Shawaal Zulfiqar managed only 7 runs off 15 balls, and the experienced Bismah Maroof was dismissed for 10, courtesy of a delivery from de Klerk. Pakistan found themselves struggling at 35/2 in the 10th over.
As the innings progressed, Pakistan continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, with Aliya Riaz emerging as the top-scorer with an unbeaten 49 runs.
The match concluded with Pakistan being bowled out for 165 runs in 36.5 overs, securing a convincing 127-run victory for South Africa.
South Africa: 292/4 in 50 overs (Sune Luus 107 not out, Marizanne Kapp 100, Nadine de Klerk 29 not out; Nashra Sandhu 2-50)
Pakistan: 165 all out in 36.5 overs (Aliya Riaz 49 not out, Muneeba Ali 20; Nadine de Klerk 3-23, Nonkululeko Mlaba 3-39)
South Africa wins by 127 runs.