West Indies won the 3rd ODI against South Africa. ©ICC
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In the third and final ODI of the series, the Windies registered a convincing 116 run win over South Africa to draw the series. The hosts set 292 for the tourists to chase, who in reply were bowled out for 177.

After winning the toss, West Indies elected to bat first. Their opponents made an early breakthrough with Marizanne Kapp dismissing opener Kycia Knight for five off six. From there, Hayley Matthews took over. Her’s was an impressive knock of 117 off 146 balls-the first century to be made by a woman at the Kensington Oval and only the fourth to be made in the West Indies- was the backbone of her team’s innings, helping them reach 292-5. In their innings, Matthews combined with her skipper Stafanie Taylor (45 off 80) for a 174 run stand. Once Taylor was caught out, off the bowling of Kapp, the dangerous Deandra Dottin came to the crease. Scoring the fastest half-century on West Indian soil, Dottin showed just why she has been deemed as ‘dangerous’, reaching the milestone in 35 balls.

For South Africa, Kapp was exemplary with the ball, taking four wickets for 53 runs off her 10 overs. The only other bowler to claim a scalp was Tumi Sekhukhune. Spinner Raisibe Ntozakhe was economical, giving just 31 runs, but remained wicket-less.

In the second innings, the tourists got off to a disastrous start. Opener Lizelle Lee and one-down Sune Luus were dismissed in quick succession. At the beginning of the fifth over, South Africa found themselves at 9-2. Laura Wolvaardt and Dane van Niekerk then steadied the ship with their 109 run-third-wicket stand. The former was stumped for 54 off 82 deliveries, while the latter registered back-to-back half-centuries, scoring 77 off 105 balls, before being run out. South Africa could only manage 177 runs before being bowled out. Apart from Wolvaardt and van Niekerk, no other batter reached double figures.

Dottin starred with the ball as well, taking four wickets for 36 runs. Leg-spinner Afy Fletcher also bowled brilliantly, finishing with figures of 2-42. Taylor, Shemaine Connell and Shakira Selman all chipped in with a wicket each, too.

Hayley Matthews was named the Player of the Match for her knock. van Niekerk was adjudged the Player of the Series for finishing as the leading run scorer with scores of 46*, 53 and 77.