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SA level women’s series after Sana landmark

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POTCHEFSTROOM: Sana Mir took the 146th wicket of her ODI career to join Anisa Mohammed and Lisa Sthalekar on the top of the most-wickets list for spinners in women’s ODI cricket as South Africa beat Pakistan by eight wickets in the second ICC Women’s Championship match played at the Senwes Park on Thursday.

The off-spinner took Andrie Steyn’s wicket in the 23rd over the match (117th of her career) before finishing with 1-35 in nine overs.

South Africa chased down the 148-run target in 36.4 overs for the loss of two wickets. Opener Laura Wolvaardt remained unbeaten with 74 off 114 balls with the help of nine fours.

Wolvaardt added 76 for the first wicket with Lizelle Lee (40 off 43 balls, six fours).

After Steyn’s dismissal at the total of 97, Wolvaardt added 51 for the unbroken third-wicket partnership with captain Sune Luus (21).

Umaima Sohail was the other wicket-taker with 1-24 in five overs.

Earlier, Pakistan were dismissed for 147 in 42 overs after a 50-run opening partnership between Nahida Khan (37) and Sidra Amin (25).

Nahida’s 34-ball innings included six fours. Sidra and Javeria Khan (20) took the total to 84, however, both fell at the same total, while Nida Dar (two) fell in the 25th over with the score at 99.

POTCHEFSTROOM: Pakistan opener Nahida Khan glides the ball during her knock of 34 in the second ODI against South Africa at the Senwes Park on Thursday.—Courtesy PCB
POTCHEFSTROOM: Pakistan opener Nahida Khan glides the ball during her knock of 34 in the second ODI against South Africa at the Senwes Park on Thursday.—Courtesy PCB

Captain Bismah Maroof (32 off 49 balls, four fours) and Aliya Riaz (17) took the score to 141, adding 42 for the fifth wicket. Bismah was dismissed by Shabnim Ismail in the 37th over.

Player-of-the-match Masabata Klaas then took a hat-trick, dismissing Aliya, Omaima Sohail (5) and Sidra Nawaz (0 off successive deliveries of the 39th over to peg Pakistan back.

The last five wickets fell for the addition of six runs as Pakistan collapsed from 141-5 to 147 all out.

Klaas (3-7) was the most successful South Africa bowler. Tumi Sekhukhune and Luus took two wickets each.

The third and final match will be played in Benoni on Sunday.

Summarised scores:

Pakistan 147 in 42 overs (Nahida Khan 37, Bismah Maroof 32, Sidra Amin 25; Masabata Klaas 3-27, Tumi Sekhukhune 2-20, Sune Luus 2-24); South Africa 148-2 in 36.4 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 74, Lizelle Lee 40).