In a battle to decide the third qualifier from Group B for the Super Six stages of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013, South Africa prevailed over Pakistan by a commanding margin of 126 runs at the Barabati Stadium on Tuesday (February 5) to join Australia and New Zealand in the next phase.
Deciding to bat first, South Africa, aided by Marizanne Kapp’s unbeaten 102, posted 207 for 5 in 50 overs and then bundled Pakistan out for 81 in 29.4 overs.
South Africa were in trouble early on when Asmavia Iqbal accounted for Trisha Chetty and Mignon du Preez in her first two overs to reduce them to 9 for 2 in 3.2 overs. It fell upon Yolandi Potgieter and Kapp to bring some stability to the innings with a 46-run partnership for the third wicket.
Before the partnership could change the complexion of the game, Qanita Jalil struck twice in the 17th over to bring Pakistan back into the game. Potgieter was caught behind by Batool Fatima for 20 and Cri-zelda Brits lost her stumps without troubling the scorers so that South Africa slumped to 55 for 4.
Soon, Javeria Khan ran out Susan Benade for 11 and Pakistan seemed to be well on top when Kapp found an ally in Dane van Niekerk to help revive the South African position. It was to be a game-changing partnership. The pair put on an unbeaten 128 runs for the sixth wicket in 26.1 overs at 4.89 per over to take South Africa into the lunch break high on confidence.
Kapp’s innings, off 150 balls, contained 11 boundaries, and van Niekerk, who helped herself to 55 off 77 balls, hit six fours and the only six of the match.
Pakistan’s chase got off to the worst possible start when they lost Rabiya Shah to Shabnim Ismail in the third over with the score on six. Qanita followed her soon as Benade picked up her first wicket of the innings in the next over.
Wickets continued to tumble in a hurry as Shabnim, Benade and Marcia Letsoalo struck repeated blows. Kapp rounded off a brilliant day for herself by taking three wickets as seven Pakistan batters failed to reach double figures. The sole resistance came from Asmavia, who batted 41 balls for her 14, but that was too little to make any difference to the outcome.