West Indies bundled out for 6th lowest total in Women’s World Cup history
Dane van Niekerk claimed 4 for 0 as the West Indies were bundled out for sixth lowest total (48) in Women’s World Cup history. South Africa chased down 49 with 10 wickets and 262 balls to spare.cricket Updated: Jul 02, 2017 19:23 IST
World Twenty20 champions and runners-up of the previous edition (2013), West Indies women suffered a new low when they were bowled out for an embarrassing total of 48 in 25.2 overs, against South Africa in the ICC Women’s World Cup, at Grace Road, Leicester on Sunday. (INDIA vs PAKISTAN SCORES)
It was a perfect call made by South Africa women captain Dane van Niekerk to bowl first after winning the toss, who went on to produce a freakish spell of 3.2-3-0-4. Marizanne Kapp claimed 4 for 14 off her seven overs while Shabnim Ismail returned 2 for 16 off her six overs. South Africa then chased down the target with 10 wickets and 262 balls to spare.
For West Indies, who registered their second-lowest total in ODI cricket, Chedean Nation was the only batter to reach double digits, scoring 26 off 53 balls with five boundaries.
The procession began early for the West Indies Women when Shabnim trapped Hayley Matthews for 4, in the third over. By the end of the fifth over, Shabnim had reduced West Indies Women to 10 for 2 as she cleaned up Stefanie Taylor for 4.
West Indies were then jolted by three wickets in quick succession, with Marzianne accounting for Reniece Boyce (4), Kyshona Knight (0) and Deandra Dottin (0) with just 16 runs on the board.
Merissa Aguilleira then teamed up with Chedean to keep the rampaging South African Women at bay for a while. Chedean and Merissa batted for a little over 12 overs to provide some respite to West Indies, adding 22 runs for the sixth wicket.
However, van Niekerk came into the attack looking for a breakthrough and ended up with four wickets without giving away a run. Adding a mere 10 more runs to their total, West Indies were bowled out for 48.
Van Niekerk — who had earlier taken a dig at former Pakistani captain and coach Waqar Younis for his comments on reducing overs in women’s World Cup contests — snaffled the wickets of Merissa (3), Chedean (26), Shanel Daley (0) and Qiana Joseph (0) to set her side on the path to a massive victory.
Five West Indies batters were dismissed for a duck and four others fell for 4 runs each.
West Indies Women’s lowest-ever ODI total of 41 came against England Women at Loughborough in July, 2008.
In the history of Women’s World Cup, this is the sixth lowest total. Pakistan Women’s total of 27 all-out against Australia Women in December 1997 remains the lowest ever in Women’s World Cup history.