Ebene Magazine – SOUTH AFRICA – PAKISTAN: Proteas seal series for women, but has yet to improve their performances

Ebene Magazine - SOUTH AFRICA - PAKISTAN: Proteas seal series for women, but has yet to improve their performances

Marizanne Kapp of the South Africa Women Proteas (the Momentum Proteas) after a wicket during the second game of the 2021 Women’s ODI Series between South Africa and Pakistan in Kingsmead, Durban on January 23, 2021. (Photo: Steve Haag / BackpagePix)

The Proteas women’s team recorded a morally positive series win against Pakistan Women. The Proteas defeated a tenacious 13-run Pakistani team during the inaugural Black Day One Day International (ODI) to end the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead in three games.

An area but a big one The problem will be, and which they want to tighten from the third ODI, is the quality of the field.

Similar to the events that played out in the first ODI, the proteas subsided again after the catches on the field had sunk when the catches and misses in Pakistan almost successfully chased South Africa’s 252 total for seven in their allotted 50 overs.

When the Proteas came into play they were hoping for a more fluid and error-free display, especially in their field, however also in other departments. The player of the game in the first ODI, Shabnim Ismail, had described the appearance of her team on the field as amateurish and would have undoubtedly called for a more ruthless performance the second time around. Oh.

After the seasoned duo of Marizanne Kapp and Ayabonga Khakha teamed up to improve Pakistan’s top position and drop visitors to 73 for five, the Proteas seemed on their way to a convincing victory. < However, the bad habits from the previous game crept in when the hosts loosened their collective grip on the Pakistani neck and allowed Nida Dar and Aliya Riaz to fight back for the Asian side. The pair added an impressive 111 runs for the sixth wicket.

After the game, Kapp, the player of the game, spoke openly about her team’s field game.

« Our field has been shocking [in the last two games] . It’s not up to standard. I feel like we’re falling asleep halfway through the game. it’s not good enough, « said the all-rounder.

 » In the future we have to improve. Because we’ve seen how good they were at the back end with the bat. If you drop someone like this, it can So it’s something we have to get better at if we want to be in the top four in the world. « 

The show’s replacement captain, Suné Luus, echoed Kapp’s views and said the field display was » far under the standards that we want to achieve « .

Of course, after almost a year of inactivity, due to the prevailing Covid-19 conditions, a certain rustiness can be expected. Hilton Moreeng and his charges will take away some positive aspects from the game, however. The biggest problem is that they sealed the series and now have a chance to get a clean run by securing victory in the third ODI.

Another positive result from the previous game is batting. Just like in the previous game, Kapp was the Proteas Batters’ pick, unbeaten this time at 68, with only 45 balls. Half a century was the ninth of the 31-year-olds in the 50-over format, and she added three wickets to that ad with the willow.

Proteas opener Lizelle Lee would have started the game to prove a point after being fired for a duck in the first game of the series’ opening game. She also added some valuable runs to South Africa’s total (47) but would have been disappointed if she hadn’t done 50 runs or more.

Of course, the game wasn’t just about cricket. The Proteas officially ushered in Black Day, which seeks to match the height of their male counterparts’ Pink Day.

The event will become part of the annual calendar of Cricket South Africa and is said to be the plague, gender-based violence ( GBV) is about to move into the limelight.

« The Black Day ODI added another level of excitement to the roster as it serves a big cause and we as Momentum Proteas players are proud to be in with it To be connected « , said the Proteas-Weiden-wearer Laura Wolvaardt in the run-up to the game.

 » We are honored to create an event to draw attention to the injustices surrounding GBV. « 

The final ODI will take place on Tuesday at Kingsmead Stadium. Three days later, attention is turned to the shortest format of the game. The Proteas will host Pakistan in three T20 internationals, also in Kingsmead. DM

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