SA women crush Board President’s XI

South Africa women started their India tour on a positive note as they defeated Board President’s XI (BPXI) by 83 runs in the second T20 warm-up match here on Sunday.

The first warm-up game was abandoned due to inclement weather.

South Africa first posted 174 for five after opting to bat and later bundled out the host for paltry 91.

Luus, a leg-break bowler, returned with best figures of three for 17 for South Africa women as she ran through the BPXI’s middle-order.

Wicket-keeper Lizelle Lee stoked her way to 65 off just 48 balls for South Africa women, Tazmin Brits made 20 off 19 as the duo shared 61 runs for the opening stand.

Lee took on the opposition bowlers, hammering 10 fours and a six.

BPXI bowlers then removed Brits and one-down Laura Wolvaardt (7) in quick succession, but that did not deter Lee from playing her natural game.

For the visitors, a late onslaught by Mignon du Preez (40 off 18 balls) coupled with Nandine de Klerk’s 29 helped them go past the 170-run mark.

Preez stuck six boundaries and cleared the fence once during her entertaining knock.

For the hosts, off-break bowler Tarannum Pathan grabbed two wickets conceding 23 runs, while pacers Pooja Vastarakar, part of the main squad, had forgettable figures of 1 for 32.

Chasing the target, BPXI were reduced to four for six in no time. Openers M D Thirushkamini (2), young prodigy Shefali Verma (0), Vanitha V R (4) and skipper Sushma Verma (0) had a forgettable outing as the South Africa women bowlers wreaked havoc inside the first two overs.

From there on, it was always a catch-up game for the hosts and eventually they were folded for 91.

Bharti Fulmani (23) and Mansi Joshi (20) got some runs but South Africa women picked up wickets at regular intervals to maintain their upper hand.

Apart from the South African skipper, right-arm medium pacer Shabnim Ismail (three for 11) and Ayabonga Khaka (two for seven) also played a part in the win with their bowling efforts.

The five-match T20 series between South Africa women and India women begins here from September 24. It will be followed by three-match ODI series.

The scores: South Africa 174 for five (Lizelle Lee 65, Nandine de Klerk 29, Mignon du Preez 40, Tarannum Pathan two for 23) bt BPXI 91 (Shabnim Ismail three for 11, Sune Luus three for 17).


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