South Africa level series with clinical win


Lara Goodall registered her first T20I fifty

Lara Goodall registered her first T20I fifty © Getty

South Africa quickly recovered from the loss in the first T20I with an impressive performance to secure an eight-wicket win in the second T20I against Ireland at the Pembroke Cricket Club in Dublin on Monday (6 June). After limiting Ireland to 106/7 thanks to a disciplined bowling show, South Africa drove Lara Goodall’s 40-ball 52 to reach the goal in 15 overs, as they tied the three-game streak with one game left. to go.

South Africa were quick to give chase as Lara Goodall, who was sacked in the final game for a golden duck, started off with a six and a four off Celeste Raack in the opening phase, while Tazmin British hit three fours in two overs. Though bowled by Arlene Kelly for 15 out of 10, Goodall continued to push the boundaries as she helped South Africa to 50 by the time the power play was completed.

There were a few quiet overs but nothing to really worry about South Africa as they had the required speed well under control. And the borders started flowing again when Anneke Bosch and Goodall formed a half-century partnership in the 11th century. Goodall wasn’t there until the end, falling shortly after she put up a 38-ball fifty, but Bosch made sure there were no hiccups as she hit the winning line and went unbeaten at 32 out of 37.

Previously, by going to bat, Gaby Lewis and Leah Paul helped Ireland off to a good start, with both fours apiece in the first three overs. Meanwhile, Shabnim Ismail, who had thrown a girl at Paul, left her front leg in her next-over. But that didn’t stop Lewis from hitting positive as she hit a six off Nadine de Klerk and a four off Tumi Sekhukhune to help Ireland end the power play at 35/1. However, the next four overs yielded just 18 runs, with Nonkululeko Mlaba also taking the important wicket from Lewis to keep Ireland in check.

Wickets fell at regular intervals in the bottom of Ireland’s innings, preventing them from setting a competitive score. Mary Waldron scored a 31-ball 24 while the next best contribution came from Rachel Delaney at number 7. Sekhukhune took the wickets of Arlene Kelly and Sophie MacMahon while Anneke Bosch rebuffed Waldron as Ireland slid over to 85/6 in the 18th. Rachel Delaney hit a boundary at de Klerk before being fired in the 19th, while Celeste Raack hit a four off of Ismail, pushing Ireland past the 100 run.

Short scores: Ireland 106/7 in 20 overs (Gaby Lewis 31, Mary Waldron 24; Tumi Sekhukhune 2-17, Nadine de Klerk 2-26) lost to South Africa 107/2 in 15 overs (Lara Goodall 52, Anne Bosch 32*; Arlene Kelly 1-13) with 8 wickets



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