Proteas Women Captivates SA
Posted: 7 February 2021
The Proteas Women need to be celebrated No, not those Proteas…
The Proteas Ladies’ team is the team I am talking about. The ladies have been steadily improving over the past few years and have been excellent recently.
While the men’s team is battling in Pakistan, the ladies welcomed the Pakistan ladies for an ODI and T20I series in the coast in Durban. South Africa was missing two of their more experienced players; the captain, Dane Van Niekerk and the powerful all-rounder, Chloe Tryon.
This meant the team was captained by the all-rounder, Sune Luus.In the ODI series; the Proteas had a clean sweep of victories, winning the series 3-0. The games were far from being one-sided with lower order runs and tight bowling, edging it for the Proteas.
Marizanne Kapp was the chief provider of these lower order runs in the first two matches with scores of 47 and 68 not out, leading the team to scores that seemed below par after some good starts. However, the team can always rely on consistency of their excellent bowling line-up.
The fast-bowling trio of Kapp, Ismail and Khaka was the main contributor in the wickets column and defended the totals in all three ODIs. The Proteas followed this up with a 2-1 win in the T20I series that followed.
Tazmin Brits was the star of the T20I series as she scored two, well-paced half centuries to help win the first two matches. That fast-bowling trio was at it again with Ismail leading the way as she became the first South African woman to get to 100 T20I wickets. Pakistan did win the final game of the tour, leaving South Africa on a positive note.
While the men are in a rebuilding phase and results are hard to come by, the country can look at the ladies’ team for some joy. This top performance from the ladies, after a long lay-off due to COVID-19, serves as another reason why the ladies’ team needs to be supported and celebrated.