Lahore

A five-wicket haul from the leg-spinner Sune Luus helped South Africa Women beat Pakistan Women by three wickets in the second ODI in Sharjah to level the series 1-1 with one match left.

Having chosen to bat, Pakistan were 23-2 before a 49-run partnership between Javeria Khan and Nain Abidi lifted them to a relatively solid position. But the batting fell away thereafter, with the last eight wickets falling for 61 runs. In addition to her five wickets, Luus also ran out Nida Dar. While the rest of her team collapsed around her, Pakistan captain Sana Mir battled on to finish unbeaten on 35.

Left-arm spinner Anam Amin rocked South Africa's chase, with the wickets of Nadine Moodley and Bernadine Bezuidenhout off the first two balls of the fifth over. They slipped further to 28-3 before Trisha Chetty and Lizelle Lee steadied the innings with a 47-run fourth-wicket stand. Amin dismissed both of them - and eventually finished with figures of 4-9 from her full quota of 10 overs - and the medium-pacer Kainat Imtiaz struck two late blows, but Dane van Niekerk guided South Africa home with eight balls remaining.

BRIEF SCORES:

PAKISTAN WOMEN: 133 (Sana Mir 35*, Javeria Khan 34, Luus 5-20)

SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN: 134-7 (van Niekerk 34*, Chetty 33, Anam Amin 4-9).