South Africa vs Thailand
South Africa vs Thailand

Venue : Manuka Oval, Canberra

Toss : South Africa Women won the toss and opt to bat

Captain’s talk

Sornnarin Tippoch: We wanted to bowl first. It looks a good surface but we are a good bowling side, so we wanted to bowl first. We have been bowling well and fielding well, but today we want to show how good we’re with the bat.

Dane van Niekerk: We are gonna have a bat, we just want to get runs on the board. It’s a beautiful surface. We thought getting runs on the board and defending would be the best thing as they’re a good bowling side. Marizanne Kapp is out due to illness, it’s just a precautionary measure. We want to be consistent as a team, we strive for that everyday in our training. I think it’s going to be a really good game of cricket.

Squad

Thailand Women : Nattakan Chantam, Nattaya Boochatham, Nannapat Koncharoenkai(w), Naruemol Chaiwai, Chanida Sutthiruang, Sornnarin Tippoch(c), Wongpaka Liengprasert, Onnicha Kamchomphu, Ratanaporn Padunglerd, Suleeporn Laomi, Soraya Lateh.

South Africa Women : Lizelle Lee, Dane van Niekerk(c), Sune Luus, Mignon du Preez, Laura Wolvaardt, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Trisha Chetty(w), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba.

Padunglerd’s quick wicket

South Africa after their stunning victory over England gets into their second match of the tournament. Lee and van Niekerk gets in crease, while Lee is on strike. Boochatham opens the attack for Thailand. Lee start the match with couple of boundaries in the first over, a well expected start from South Africa Women’s team. But soon van Niekerk lose her wicket to Padunglerd’s full toss ball. Thailand gets in joy after uprooting South Africa’s opener in a single digit score.

Thailand’s poor bowling and fielding performance

Sune Luus joins hand with Lee who strikes in an glorious way and lead South Africa to score 37 runs for a wicket down at the end of power play. With a boundary in Sutthiruang’s ball Lee shift South Africa’s score to 50.

Lee hits the first six of the match in Kamchomphu’s over and a catch dropped for Lee in the same over.  Lee chips the tossed up delivery right back at the bowler who gets her right hand to it, but fails to latch onto it. Hardly had any time to react on that occasion, was a tough chance for Kamchomphu to pick the catch.

Sutthiruang when released a waist high no ball Sune Luus redirect it towards a beautiful six. Thailand women’s also missed a run out opportunity in the free hit delivered to Luus. The luck favoured for Luus as she survived for the second time in this match.

Sune Luus
Sune Luus scored 61* from 41 balls

Lee’s maiden ton in T20I

Lee brings up her 12th T20I fifty with a six in Sutthiruang ‘s over. After 10 over Thailand scored 80 runs for a wicket loss where Lee stand strong by scoring 55 runs from 36 balls.

In Boochatham’s over Lee scored 17 runs with a pair of boundary and a six. In Laomi’s over Lee hit a boundary that brings the 100 run stand. Lee continued to strike aggressively and reached her maiden T20I ton in the Laomi’s over. The fine innings of Lee comes to an end for 101 runs from 60 balls when Laomi picks her wicket in the next ball after the impressive ton from the veteran.

Lizelle Lee
Lizelle Lee scored 101 runs

History scripted by South Africa women’s team

The long expected break through has been provided by Laomi but it won’t lag South Africa from scoring as they were ahead in runs. South Africa reached 150 runs when Luus strike continuous boundary in Tippoch ‘s over. Sune Luus continued her strike and reached her half century with a six in Boochatham’s ball.

South Africa scored 20 runs in 18th over bowled by Tippoch, a very expensive over from Thailand. Finally South Africa scored 195 runs for three wicket loss and registered the highest score in women’s T20I World cup history.

Over view

Perfect innings from South Africa. They won the toss and opted to bat, a big total will boost their NRR and their batters have done a fine job. Dane van Niekerk went early but Lizelle Lee and Sune Luus put on a show as the pair added a 131-run stand for the second wicket. Lee recorded only the second hundred in T20Is for South Africa while Luus made the most of her opportunity batting at number three. Tryon provided the final flourish to the innings and South Africa finished with a mammoth 195. Thailand are already out of this game and it is only about damage control.

Thailand openers – luck favored?

Thailand women’s team have to chase this highest score to register their maiden victory in World cup tournament. Chantam and Boochatham gets in the crease, Chantam is on strike. N Mlaba opens the attack against Thailand. Chantam’s catch has been dropped in the first ball of the match that’s a lucky escape for the opener. In the next over Boochatham’s wicket has been again dropped that seems the luck favored towards Thailand team.

South Africa’s team Hat-trick

In the Ismail’s second over a team hat trick is made when South Africa picked three wicket in three consecutive balls. Boochatham who survived the first over lose her wicket to the quick hit from South Africa’s wicket keeper. In the very next over Koncharoenkailose dismissed for a golden duck by bowled out from Ismail. Again the same wicket format execute this time its Chaiwai who return pavilion for duck. Three wicket in three balls with two golden duck from South Africa.

South Africa bowling
South Africa’s team hat-trick

Catch from a Superwoman – Wolvaardt

Thailand team stands helpless after they loose their three wickets for 14 runs in four overs. Thailand lose their another player Tippoch after the power play ends where Thailand scored only 15 runs. That’s an impressive catch from Laura Wolvaardt to dismiss Thailand’s captain Tippoch for one run. With four wickets down Thailand stared at a huge defeat!

Huge defeat for Thailand

Onnicha Kamchomphu and Boochatham joined hands, Thailand is in need for some miracle to happen to chase this massive score after losing four wickets. Where Kamchomphu hit a consecutive boundaries in Ayabonga Khaka’s over and everyone expect Kamchomphu would save Thailand from a huge defeat.

Good knock from Kamchomphu comes to an end when Sune Luus dismissed her for 26 runs from 21 balls. After Kamchomphu none of the Thailand’s player had a chance to stand against South Africa bowlers.

Sune Luus picked three wicket in total and helped South Africa to fold-up Thailand for 82 runs. South Africa women’s won Thailand women’s team by 113 runs!!! That’s huge

Player of the match

Lizelle Lee(South Africa)

Batting : 101 runs from 60 balls

Lizelle Lee : It was one of those days where everything went my way. We struggled a little bit in the powerplay but me and Luus had a partnership and that set us up. It (her attacking approach) hasn’t paid off in the last few games and happy that it came off today. It gives me confidence for the next few games. That (the partnership with Luus) was amazing, we haven’t batted together for a while and it was good to bat together. We are taking every game as a semifinal and looking forward to the Pakistan game.

Lizelle Lee - Player of the match.
Lizelle Lee – Player of the match.

Captain’s view

Dane van Niekerk | South Africa captain: To be honest no (asked if they ticked all the boxes). The box that we wanted to tick was the win. I have to give credit to Lizelle for the century and Luus for putting up the partnership. Our fielding let us down a bit today. I don’t think we were at our 100 percent. (The dropped catches) Is definitely a worry and we speak about it a lot. I don’t mind one or two but when it happens consistently it becomes a worry. She (Chloe Tyron) is fine and gave me the thumbs up.

Sornnarin Tippoch | Thailand captain: All credit to Lizelle, she hit the ball hard but we also did not bowl the right line and length. It was a big score but we tried to go out there and play with courage.