South Africa 165 for 3 (Lee 75, Matthews 2-43) beats West Indies 115 for 8 (Cooper 26, Kapp 3-31, Khaka 2-8) by 50 runs
Opener Lizelle Lee’s 75 of 52 balls helped South Africa score a 50-run win against hosts West Indies in the second T20I in Antigua and advance 1-0 in the series.
The beaten visitors had a strong start, Lee and Dane van Niekerk together formed a 53-run opening grandstand. It was the fast Qiana Joseph with her left arm who made the breakthrough with van Niekerk’s wicket in the seventh round. But Lee went on, working with Marizanne Kapp for the second wicket this time around when the duo set up a 69-run stand. Lee brought her fifty balls out of 39.
The duo kept the runs going before Hayley Matthews defeated them with a one-two punch in the 18th round. Lee went for 75, hit 12 fours and a six, while Kapp was sacked for a 32-ball 24 innings, bringing the total to 165.
The hosts got off to a good start to catching up and raced to 21 in 2.3 overs. But after Matthews was sent off at the next ball, Nonkululeko Mlaba and Kapp struck regularly to keep the West Indies’ top-notch rackets at bay as demand increased. Ayabonga Khaka was frugal in her four overs, only conceding eight runs and choosing two wickets.
“We are very happy with our game against the West Indies today,” said Wolvaardt after the game.
“As a team, I feel we did what was asked of us and implemented our plans very well. This result builds our confidence for the rest of the series against a very strong Windies team and hopefully will keep this good performance going . “
The teams will make the decision in the third and final T20I, which is to take place in the same place on September 5th. The first T20I was canceled due to rain.