South Africa claims their first victory in the Tri-series. ©England Cricket
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South Africa recorded their first win of the tri-series by chasing down the target of 160-5 in the last over, with six wickets and three balls to spare.

Winning the toss, England elected to bat first. However, things quickly started to go wrong for them as they lost the wicket of opener Danni Wyatt in the first over to Raisibe Ntozakhe. From there, the South African bowlers took wickets at regular intervals to ensure the game never really got away from them, restricting England to 160 on a pitch where England seamer Anya Shrubsole said 170-180 would be the par score.

A determined 71 off 59 balls from in-form Tammy Beaumont and some hard hitting from Sarah Taylor (20 off 12) and Heather Knight (35* off 20) guided England to their total. But, two wickets each from Shabnim Ismail and Zintle Mali made sure their opponents were restricted to a total their batters could chase down without too much trouble.

To defend this total, the English bowling attack would have to have put in an exceptional bowling performance and Shrubsole got them off to a dream start, dismissing South African opener Laura Wolvaardt for a golden duck. Lizelle Lee (68 off 37) then consolidated with Sune Luus (63* off 52) to keep the chase on track. The solid foundation they laid down meant that despite a wobble in the 17th over, in which Sophie Ecclestone took two wickets, South Africa was able to chase the total down in the last over.

Luus finished the innings in style, hitting back-to-back fours and then smashing a six to help her side claim their first win of the series.