Marizanne Kapp, the star South African medium-fast bowler, startled Australia by removing batter Beth Mooney with an outstanding inswinger in the second ODI of their ongoing series on Wednesday, February 7, at the North Sydney Oval in New South Wales. Mooney, who came out to bat in a 45-over-a-side encounter to chase a 234-run target, started with a dot ball. The Proteas star pitched the ball between full and good length, and it swung into the left-hander, resulting in the dismantling of the middle stump in the third delivery of the fifth over.
Mooney went back for a two-ball duck, leaving Australia at 22/2 after 4.3 overs. Notably, Kapp opened the bowling for South Africa, and on the first delivery of the fifth over, she sent Australia captain Alyssa Healy back to the pavilion, with Sinalo Jafta taking a catch behind the stumps.
Kapp resumed her onslaught, dismissing Phoebe Litchfield LBW on the first ball of the seventh over of the game. The Australian opener failed to figure out Kapp’s delivery and was removed for 14 runs. Notably, the 34-year-old concluded with excellent figures of 3/12 in her five-over spell.
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WHAT A BALL!
Marizanne Kapp gets it to swing big! #AUSvSA pic.twitter.com/MKA5y7dCMt
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South Africa wins second ODI by 84 runs to make it 1-1
Speaking of the game, Australia won the toss and chose to field first. The tourists got off to a solid start, despite losing skipper Laura Wolvaardt in the first over of the game. Kapp, who batted at No. 5, top-scored with 75 off 87 balls, including 12 boundaries, as South Africa rallied to post a competitive total of 229-6 from 45 overs after a rain delay cut the game short.
During the chase, Australia battled against South Africa’s bowling attack as they were 73/8 after 15 overs. The South African bowlers gained total control and bundled out the hosts for 149 in just 29.3 overs, winning the game by 84 runs using the DLS method.