SA vs NZ: The ODI series between New Zealand and South Africa has finally come to an end with, South Africa securing the series by a lead of 2-1. While New Zealand had to face a defeat in the first 2 games, the team successfully secured the last game by 6 wickets.
The final ODI game between the two teams was brought down to 45 overs due to weather conditions. Although DLS was applied, the teams played with the same spirit, giving in their all. New Zealand wanted to keep from being clean-swept in the series, while South Africa, despite of the already registered win, wanted to secure all 3 games, making it huge.
Amelia Kerr’s magnificent century was the key highlight of the game. Her contribution of 100 runs in 117 deliveries led the New Zealanders to a deserving win over South Africa. In the first innings, Marizanne Kapp also contributed immensely. Her 72 runs’ contribution gave the team the required momentum and direction in the first inning of the SA vs NZ 3rd ODI.
New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat second, giving the South African openers Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits the chance to inaugurate play. A slow opening for the team, as Wolvaardt and Brits played a secured game.
Wolvaardt seemed to have played a slow game, Brits balanced it out by playing at a strike rate of 109. Brits was lost in the 6th over securing just 12 runs and later players like Anneke Bosch and Sune Luus were lost early. This seemed to have destroyed the entire upper-order batting line-up with just 43 runs on board.
Marizanne Kapp shouldered the major responsibility of securing the required runs for the team and also standing on the field for considerable overs. She had to secure steady runs for the team while also playing safe, which seemed to pose a major challenge.
Kapp played a brilliant game and secured a total of 72 runs in 73 deliveries. She played at a strike rate of 98.6. The game was carried forward by Chloe Tryon who played a few strokes and with final runs off Masabata Klaas’s and Sinalo Jafto’s bat, the team settled the inning at a total of 209 runs.
They lost all their wickets in 44.3 overs, Sophie Devine and Lea Tahuhu secured 3 wickets each. Amelia Kerr also picked two major wickets. With this, New Zealand had to secure 210 runs in 45 overs. An average start for New Zealand, as Amelia Kerr secured a few stable runs, but Suzie Bates played a slow game and was able to secure just 9 runs before she was caught by Tazmin Brits in the 9th over on Klaas’s delivery.
Sophie Devine, the captain, supported Kerr and the two secured the major runs. Kerr secured the major runs and played a brilliant game contributing a lion’s share. Her batting gave the team the required momentum in the second inning.
She singlehandedly secured 100 runs. With Devine and Georgia Plimmer’s 30 runs’ contribution the team was able to secure the target in 43.2 overs. While Nonkululko Mlaba picked 2 wickets, the team had to face defeat by 6 wickets. A good end to the series. South Africa secured the series, while New Zealand won the final game.
SA vs NZ 3rd ODI: Brief scores
South Africa 209/10 (Marizanne Kapp 72 (73), Sophie Devine 3/33, Lea Tahuhu 3/43) lost against New Zealand 210/4 (Amelia Kerr 100 (117), Nonkululeko Mlaba 2/41) by 6 wickets. (DLS Method)