South Africa lost again as England clinched the three-match ODI series with ease in Canterbury on Friday. This three-match ODI series was a part of ICC Women’s Championship (2017-20). It was their 9th bilateral series win over South Africa which they won by 2-1. With this win, they grabbed 4 crucial points and moved to the 4th place in the points table.
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first, with Lee and Wolvaardt starting the innings for South Africa. England got their first breakthrough in the third over, when the in-form opener Lee was dismissed lbw by an inswinger from Anya Shrubsole after scoring just 2 off 11.
With a slow start, South Africa lost their second wicket in the 17th over as left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone picked up Steyn. She scored 19 off 40. After that, captain van Niekerk joined Wolvaardt to the crease. Both started building a steady partnership and added a century stand for the 3rd wicket. Wolvaardt scored 64 off 100. van Niekerk lead from the front and made a quick-fire 95 off 106. She missed her century by just 5 runs as Sarah Taylor’s quick glove-work dismissed her by a leg-side wide delivery from Katherine Brunt.
Chloe Tryon and Mignon du Preez tried their best to score big. They both scored 19 and 17 respectively. Brunt’s three-wicket haul, Ecclestone’s brilliant spell and fall of the wickets at regular interval restricted South Africa to a below-par score of 228 in 49.5 overs.
Left-arm spinner Ecclestone was the pick of the bowlers as she finished with figures of 10-1-26-1. Brunt and Laura Marsh got three and two wickets respectively; while Shrubsole and Elwiss picked up one each.
While chasing, Jones and Beaumont started England’s innings. Ayabonga Khaka gave the first break-through to her team by taking Jones wicket in the 11th over. Jones was dismissed after scoring 24 off 40. Khaka struck again in her second over when she picked up Taylor’s wicket. Sarah Taylor departed after scoring just 5 runs off 8.
After that, skipper Heather Knight and Beaumont started to steady the ship. Beaumont scored a blitzy ton (105 off 113) before she got out in the 40th over with 24 runs remaining. Captain Knight too scored an unbeaten quick-fire 80 off 83 and paved the path for a comprehensive win over South Africa.
Khaka grabbed two crucial wickets for South Africa; while Kapp picked up one.
Tammy Beaumont was adjudged the ‘Player Of the Match’ award for her 105 off 113 balls and also the ‘Player Of the Series’ for her back to back centuries.