South Africa win thriller against Pakistan

MOUNT MAUNGANUI – Pacer Shabnim Ismail snared two wickets in a nerve-racking final over to seal a thrilling six-run win for South Africa over Pakistan in a league stage match of the ICC Women’s World Cup here on Friday.
Put to bat, in-form Wolvaardt played a masterful 91-ball knock, finding the fence 10 times. Skipper Luus struck 62 off 102 balls. The two put up 89 runs for the third wicket to gain momentum and the team looked set for a huge total. However, Fatima snapped three wickets in two overs to derail South Africa’s cruising innings and the Proteas were left reeling at 120/5 after 32 overs. Chloe Tryon (31) and Trisha Chetty (31) then shared a 55-run stand to help South Africa post a 200 plus score.
Chasing 224 for their first win of the tournament, openers Nahida Khan (40) and Sidra Ameen (12) got Pakistan off to a decent start, adding 26 runs in the first six overs. However, Ismail bowled well and broke the opening stand by bowling out first Ameen and then skipper Bismah Maroof for a duck. Ismail’s double-wicket maiden saw South Africa come back into the game but Sohail and Nahida kept going about their work swiftly, finding boundaries regularly.
They brought up their 50-run stand in the 20th over and at the halfway stage, Pakistan were 129 runs away from a win. But the partnership was broken by Ayabonga Khaka when she trapped Nahida leg before. Sohail then combined forces with Nida Dar and Pakistan looking set for their maiden win of the tournament.
SCORES IN BRIEF
SOUTH AFRICA: 223-9, 50 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 75, Sune Luus 62, Trisha Chetty 31, Chloe Tryon 31; Fatima Sana 3-43, Ghulam Fatima 3-52) beat PAKISTAN 217 all out, 49.5 overs (Omaima Sohail 65, Nida Dar 55, Nahida Khan 40; Shabnim Ismail 3-41, Marizanne Kapp 2-43, Ayabonga Khaka 2-43) by 6 runs.

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