The South African Women’s cricket team has never beaten New Zealand in a World Cup. But this morning all that changed when the Proteas scored the winning run with three balls to go.
With two overs remaining in the South African innings, New Zealand seemed to be in control of the match. With South Africa already eight wickets down, they simply needed to contain the Proteas batters and they would claim the win. But containing Marizanne Kapp is a tough, tough ask.
The four that she scored, lifting the ball over the infield, took courage, nerves of steel and great skill – and she delivered.
With five balls to go, South Africa needed a mere two runs. Then Kapp scored a single run, which meant that Ayabonga Khaka had to score the winning run. No problem. Calmly facing the bowling, Khaka scored the run, seemingly with ease.
If you want to know what real Big Match Temperament is, look no further than South Africa’s Women’s World Cup cricket team. They’ve got it – and then some.
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