Marizanne Kapp‘s all-round effort helped South Africa to register a thrilling victory over England in the ongoing Women’s World Cup 2022 on Monday.
With the third straight loss, the defending champions’ World Cup hopes are now hanging by a thread. On the other hand, it was Proteas’ third consecutive victory which has put them at the second spot in the points table.
Bowling first, South Africa restricted England at 235/9 in their allotted 50 overs. Kapp bowled exceptionally well and went on to pick the five-wicket haul. She conceded 45 runs in her quota of 10 overs, including a maiden.
Tammy Beaumont and Amy Ellen Jones played handy knocks of 62 and 53 respectively to take England to a respectable total. The match went to the wire, where the Proteas managed to seal the victory in the final over of the innings.
Opener Laura Wolvaardt was the star with the bat, smashing a crucial 77 off 101 balls with the help of eight boundaries. Kapp, who dismantled the English batting unit, made her contribution with the willow as well. The senior all-rounder scored 32 off 42 balls as South Africa won the contest by three wickets.
In another match, Bangladesh pulled off a stunning victory against Pakistan to register their maiden win in the ongoing multi-team tournament.
Put to bat first, Bangladesh posted 234/7 in 50 overs, thanks to crucial knocks by opener Sharmin Akhter (44 off 55) and captain Nigar Sultana (46 off 64). For Pakistan, Nashra Sandhu was the pick of the bowlers, taking a three-wicket haul for 41 runs in her quota of 10 overs.
In reply, Pakistan only managed to reach 225/9, losing the game by only nine runs. Opener Sidra Ameen was the only major highlight in Pakistan’s innings. She smashed a brilliant century, but her incredible ton went in vain as other batters failed to carry the momentum. Ameen scored 104 off 140 deliveries with the help of eight boundaries before meeting an unfortunate run-out.
Fahima Khatun (3/38) and Rumana Ahmed (2/29) were the chief destroyers for Bangladesh bagging wickets at important stages to keep their side a step ahead in a thrilling contest.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
🚨 RESULT | #MomentumProteas WIN BY 3 WICKETS
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 14, 2022
Marizanne Kapp becomes the first player to score 20+ runs and take 5+ wickets in a Women's World Cup match.
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) March 14, 2022
Congratulations to South Africa on beating England in a World Cup match for the first time in over 20 years. Amazing team effort to win three in a row and they are yet to play their best cricket!! #SAvEng #CWC22 https://t.co/3mUnehM20Z
— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) March 14, 2022
Another big wicket! This time she gets the skipper. Marizanne Kapp is reaping the benefits of bowling a full length today. She is such a skilful bowler. Early wickets make her even more dangerous! #CWC22 #SAvENG #TeamPacer #TeamKappie #TeamFloppy
— Ananya Upendran (@a_upendran11) March 14, 2022
WHAT A WIN by South Africa!!!!
They win by 3 wickets in the final over and the defending champs have 3 losses from 3
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) March 14, 2022
Marizanne Kapp is my favorite. Truly 💪🙏❤️#SAvENG
— NthabelengMakete. (@FelicityMarch2) March 14, 2022
— ICC Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 14, 2022
— Natalie Germanos 🏏 (@NatalieGermanos) March 14, 2022
Marianne Kapp is a superstar🔥👏
Whatta asset to any team, a 5 fer earlier today, and now, she has the onus with the bat!
— 🇮🇳𝑨𝑹𝑵𝑨𝑽🏏 (@cricketArnav) March 14, 2022
Brilliant from Bangladesh, to get their first Women's Cricket World Cup win. They beat Pakistan by 9 runs.
Fargana Hoque and Fahima Khatun have the runs and the wickets, but Ritu Moni and veteran Salma Khatun too contributed crucially.#CWC22
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) March 14, 2022
— Nasrul Hamid (@NasrulHamid_MP) March 14, 2022
Fahima Khatun W1WW but no hat-trick.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) March 14, 2022
Fahima Khatun is the Player of the Match for her match-changing spell, particularly the 44th over, in which she picked up two wickets and effected a run out 🔥#CWC22 #PAKvBAN pic.twitter.com/Y9pidcnuEp
— Asim Khan (@Asim368) March 14, 2022
Stellar win for Bangladesh over Pakistan. It was such a tight game…and you ought to feel for Sidra Ameen…her century went in vain. Good game overall 🥳 #CWC22
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 14, 2022
HISTORY: Sidra Ameen becomes the first ever female cricketer from Pakistan to score a hundred in a World Cup. #CWC22
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) March 14, 2022
Another loss for the girls in green,Sidra Ameen after scoring a 100 should have taken Pak over the line with 25 required of 18 balls. Yet again the same issue of being unable to close games. #CWC2022
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) March 14, 2022
— Sawera Pasha (@sawerapasha) March 14, 2022