0,0,0,0,0,W,0,0,W,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,W,0,0,W – That was the bowling figure for South African Skipper Dane van Niekerk who claimed an incredible figure of 0/4 in their match against the then T-20I Champion West Indies. West Indies was wrapped up on 48 while Chedean Nation (26) saved them from further embarrassment.
Winning the toss, South African skipper, Niekerk asked West Indies to bat first at Leicester. South African pace battery which is known for its versatility, claimed their first victim in the 3rd over when Shabnim Ismail found Hayley Mathews in front of the wicket for 4. A over later, Stefania Taylor missed an in-swinger and found her off- stump cart-wheeling of the bowling of Ismail. 16/2 became 16/5 within an over when Ismail’s bowling partner Marizaane Kapp ripped apart the West Indian batting attack.
Reniece Boyce chipped the first ball of the 8th over and Kapp plucked it from nowhere. The very next ball Kyshona Knight played to down the worn line to be given LBW. Firebrand cricketer Deandra Dottin survived the hat-trick ball but she accepted the defeat to the brilliant ploy by Kapp. Dottin left the 3rd and 4th ball of the over which were going away from her. Kapp brought back the 5th ball into Dottin’s body and she missed it completely to lose her wicket.
Merissa Aguilleira and Chedean Nation tried to rescue West Indies from there. Both of them was going well and had faced 67 balls together. While Merissa stayed and protected her wicket, Nation took the responsibility to score runs. After 19 overs of the pace attack, Dane van Niekerk brought herself in to break the partnership. Merissa defended the five balls well but went too far across the line to sweep the 6th ball to lose her wicket.
The ball spun and uprooted the leg stump. It was the beginning of a dream spell by Protea skipper. If her pacers have broken the rib of batting lineup, she cleaned up the tail. In her next over Shanel Daley was caught at short fine leg by Laura Wolvaadrt. West Indian batters paid the price of playing across the line and relying on sweeps for many times. Their wrong choice of shots also denied them any runs from the bowling of Niekerk. Chedean nation was next to go while she chipped a ball straight to short mid-wicket and Kapp didn’t make a mistake.
Niekerk completed her bowling figure of 3.2-3-0-4 when 16 years old debutante Qiana Joseph was declared LBW. With this Dane van Niekerk also became the first bowler to take four wickets without conceding any run. Her long time partner Marizaane Kapp also claimed her best figure in an ODI match as she picked up 4 wickets by giving away 14 runs in 7 overs. The fact that none apart from Nation reached double-figure projects impecuniosity of their batting order.
Laura Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee didn’t take much time to chase down the target below 50. Lee played a blistering inning of unbeaten 29 of 16 balls with 6 fours to grab a convincing win. South Africa’s 10 wicket victory is the 4th highest victory in terms of balls remaining (262). At the same time it’s the same it this also hold the record of 2nd highest largest victory in terms off balls remaining without losing any wicket.
They are behind New Zealand who defeated the Netherlands by 10 wickets with 280 balls to spare in 1993, but it was a 60 overs match. The list doesn’t end here. This victory turned out to be South Africa’s 2nd victory against West Indies in World Cups, and their highest in terms of wickets and balls remaining.
West Indies: 48/10 (Chedean Nation 26; Dane van Niekerk 4/0, Marizaane Kapp 4/14) lost to South Africa: 49/0 in 6.2 overs (Lizelle Lee 29*) by 1o wickets with 262 balls to spare.