CWC Women: Marizanne Kapp feels relieved after victory against England

South African all-rounder Marizanne Kapp has expressed her delight after her five wickets helped her side beat England by three wickets in the ICC Women’s 50s World Cup underway here at the Bay Oval on Monday. Kapp was the star with the ball for South Africa with a first run of five wickets in the ODIs. She led the bowling attack in the absence of Shabnim Ismail, who had to leave the field after playing just five overs.

“Just so relieved to contribute. It was a great game for us, we knew we had to switch today and I’m so glad we did. I just supported each other, I remember what they made us in the semi-finals of the previous Mondial Cup and I knew I had to have better plans this time around,” Kapp said after the match. “I worked on a few things and luckily today it worked out. That’s what was great tonight, we still haven’t played our best cricket, especially with the bat and we managed to scratch the points and come away with the win. We miss her (Dane van Niekerk) a lot, so much harder without her, that’s probably for her,” she added.

Chasing 236, the South African openers struggled early on as they lost their first wicket in the 5th after Lizelle Lee was fired by Anya Shrubsole, making it 18/1 for the team. Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits then leveled the ship with a stand of 56 for the second wicket. They perfectly mixed caution and aggressiveness to make sure more wickets don’t fall. After losing two wickets, skipper Sune Luss arrived in the enclosure and took her side’s tally to 147, only to be dismissed by Charlotte Dean at 36. Later, Mignon du Preez joined Wolvaardt and attempted to anchor the innings.

England got the much-needed breakthrough in 35th as Kate Cross fired Wolvaardt who played for 77 points. Sophie Ecclestone returned to the attack and gave England another breakthrough by eliminating Mignon du Preez on 8 points. Going into the final five overs, South Africa needed 31 with four wickets in hand.

Later, Marizanne Kapp (32) was fired by Anya Shrubsole. Trisha Chetty alongside Shabnim Ismail led South Africa to victory in the latest thriller and went unbeaten in the tournament. (ANI)

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