The South African women’s cricket team created history by registering their first win against the Australian women’s team in the ODI format for women’s cricket. The second ODI of the three-match series was played at the North Sydney Oval in Sydney and was reduced to a 45-over contest due to a delayed start.
Hosts Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first and got off to a brilliant start with the ball as they got the wicket of South African captain Laura Wolvaardt in the first over.
Tazmin Brits and Anneke Bosch added 55 runs for the second wicket but after the partnership was broken, South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals as Anneke Bosch was out for 44 when the team score was 71 and then Sune Luus and Marizanne Kapp they added 46 runs for the fourth wicket.
Marizanne Kapp then again formed a 45-run partnership with Chloe Tryon as the sixth wicket finally fell to Megan Schutt after scoring 75 off 87 deliveries, an innings filled with ten boundaries.
Chloe Tryon then played aggressively to score 37 runs off 36 deliveries with the help of three boundaries and one six. South Africa reached a total of 229 runs for the loss of six wickets in 45 overs and Australia had to chase 230 runs to win the contest and seal the series. However, what unfolded was a brilliant performance from the South African bowlers.
Australia were bowled out by South Africa for just 149 off 30 overs and the visitors recorded their first win against Australia in Women’s ODIs. Marizanne Kapp was also the star with the ball as she took a figure of 3/12 in five overs.
She was selected as the Player of the Match for her all-round performance. Apart from her, Ayanda Hlubi, Eliz-mari Marx and Nadine de Klerk took two wickets each and Chloe Tryon took one wicket to end the Australian innings.
South Africa beat Australia for the first time in women’s ODI cricket
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The South African women’s team will also play a unique test against the Australian women’s team
The South Africa women’s team is on a multi-format tour of Australia and has so far played three T20Is and two ODIs. They are yet to play an ODI and a one-off Test against Australia on this tour. Australia won the T20 series 2-1 and the ODI series is currently tied 1-1.
The decisive match will be played on Saturday, February 10 in Sydney. Following the conclusion of the ODI series, the two teams will take part in a one-off women’s Test match in Perth starting February 15.
The second women’s ODI between Australia and South Africa also saw a bizarre incident when umpire Claire Polosak had a moment of daze when she gave the wrong signal for out when the third umpire asked her to stand by her original decision of not out.
The players had a good laugh at her expense when she quickly realized that she had miscalled the call and then signaled that it was not out after raising her finger before signaling that it was out.
The South African women’s cricket team won its first women’s ODI match against Australia. Recently, the Indian women’s team defeated the Australian women’s team for the first time in Test cricket and now South Africa has also broken a barrier against the cricketing giants.