Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Dane van Niekerk-led South Africa beat England for the first time in ICC events

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Women’s T20 World Cup 2020: Dane van Niekerk-led South Africa beat England for the first time in ICC events
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South Africa got the better of England in the fourth match of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup at WACA ground in Perth. Chasing a low score of 124 wasn’t going to be tough, and the Proteas batters did exactly the same.

After losing their first wicket for just 6 runs in the form of opener Lizelle Lee, Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp didn’t let English bowlers dominate as they added 86-runs and took the game away from England.

Although in the last 5 overs England chipped in with two back to back wickets of Kapp and Niekerk for 46 and 38 respectively, it was too late as South Africa won the contest with 6 wickets in hand.

Earlier, after being invited to bat first, England managed to post 123-8 in their quota of 20 overs. They started pretty good and were scoring 6 runs per over until Kapp dismissed Amy Ellen Jones in the fourth over on 23. In the very next over, another opener Danielle Wyatt was sent back to the dugout by medium-pacer Ayabonga Khaka for just 2 runs.

Few overs later, English skipper Heather Knight also left the field after scoring just 6 runs. England never really got going and kept on losing wickets at regular intervals.

Natalie Sciver was the lone warrior as she helped her side to reach a modest score of 123. The all-rounder scored 50 runs off 41 balls, including 5 fours and a six before getting dismissed in the second last over.
Ayabonga was the pick of the bowlers for South Africa as she picked up 3 wickets for 25 runs while skipper Niekerk and all-rounder Kapp bagged a couple of wickets each. Shabnim Ismail also contributed with a wicket.

Niekerk, for her all-round performance, was honored with the ‘Player of the Match’ award.

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