DURBAN: South Africa’s women’s team narrowly defeated Pakistan’s women by just three runs at the Kingsmead Cricket Stadium on Wednesday in the first of the three One-day Internationals. After a period of 10 months, this was the first appearance of the Pakistan women’s team in international cricket.
Chasing 201 to win, the tourists fell just three runs short at 197 for eight in 50 overs. Nida Dar top-scored with an unbeaten 59 0ff 93 balls, hitting three fours. Omaima Sohail (37 off 67 balls, five fours) was other notable run-getter.
Pakistan were reduced to 137 for eight in 40.4 overs before Nida was joined by Diana Baig. The pair contributed a record-breaking unbeaten 60 for the ninth-wicket. For the hosts, Shabnim Ismail picked three wickets for 42.
Earlier, pacer Diana (3-46) struck on the fourth ball of the match to send Lizelle Lee (0) back to the pavilion and rattled South Africa captain Sune Luus’ stumps in the fifth over. A 60-run partnership between Laura Wolvaardt (40) and Lara Goodall (27) provided stability to South Africa’s innings.
Mignon du Preez (29) and Marizanne Kapp (47) then stitched a fighting 64-run stand for the fifth wicket.