Australia’s Alana King experienced confusion in the first innings of the ODI match against South Africa at North Sydney Oval on February 10. South African pacer Masabata Klaas thought she dismissed King after she dislodged the bails with her bat after hitting a full toss behind square leg.
However, the full toss was above waist height, and the square leg umpire signalled no-ball, rendering the potential hit-wicket redundant. Rather Alana King scored six runs by putting the ball beyond the boundary and obtaining a free hit due to a waist-height no-ball.
The Australian batters and Masabata Klaas’ facial expressions effectively conveyed the confusion caused. However, Masabata Klaas, despite an error, had a strong performance, allowing 56 runs in nine overs and taking four wickets.
Alana King manages to hit a six – and her own wicket – off the same ball!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 10, 2024
Beth Mooney and Alana King’s handy partnership led Australia to a fightable total
Australia’s innings was marked by a start-stopping performance, with several set batters being dismissed against the run of play just as they appeared to score. Just when it seemed that a partnership was developing that would take the hosts to a massive total, South Africa kept fighting back with breakthroughs.
Klaas’ four-wicket haul was supported by veteran Marizanne Kapp, who demonstrated super-economical figures of 1/28. Beth Mooney remained unbeaten on 82 as the hosts posted a competitive target of 278.
However while chasing, South Africa got all-out on 127 with Australia securing a victory in the best-of-three one-day international series, avenging their loss in match two with a rain-affected 110-run victory at North Sydney Oval.