Just days after defeating England in the final over, the Proteas women’s team left victory until the final over again against New Zealand to maintain their unbeaten record at the World Cup.
Just like against England, South Africa had never defeated New Zealand in a World Cup fixture and for most of the match, it looked as if it would remain that way, but a superb batting performance gave the Proteas their fourth win in as many matches.
In what became a nail-biting finish once again, they edged an impressive New Zealand side by two wickets.
The Proteas women came into this tournament as potential winners, and they have already proven they have what it takes to go all the way.
The White Ferns put up an impressive score of 228, a tough score for South Africa to chase but the team has shown that no score is too high for them to chase. This time they achieved their second-highest run chase after breaking the record against England.
Marizanne Kapp once again led the team to victory with both bat and ball, earning herself two wickets and only conceding 44 runs.
With the bat, Kapp went the distance, managing 34 runs in just 35 balls to provide the Proteas with a much-needed steady hand when the wickets began falling frequently.
The most impressive with the bat was once again Laura Wolvaardt who scored 67 runs from 94 balls before she was bowled out by Amelia Kerr.
The team however faces their toughest test when they face table leaders Australia on Tuesday.
Australia, like South Africa, have not lost a game yet with both unbeaten records on the line – the grudge match could perhaps decide who will emerge victorious at the end of the competition.
For New Zealand, they face a must-win game against England on Sunday if they wish to remain in their home tournament.
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