Bowlers, Lizelle Lee secure series for South Africa women

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South Africa women 127 for 1 (Lee 75*, de Klerk 37*) beat Pakistan women 125 for 5 by nine wickets.

A collective bowling performance followed by opener Lee’s third fifty-plus score in four T20Is helped South Africa women clinch the five-match series 3-2 against Pakistan women in Benoni. After limiting Pakistan to 125 for 5, Lee and nineteen-year-old Klerk put on an unbroken century stand for the second wicket to usher the hosts home.

Although Pakistan hit 19 off their last two overs, they ended with only 125 for 5. The target appeared much slimmer when Lee got going with a brace of boundaries off Riaz in the second over of the chase. Two overs later, he opening partner Brits was dismissed by Nida Dar, but Lee moved to a 40-ball fifty and cut loose soon after, hitting Riaz for three fours in a row in the 15th over. Then, with South Africa needing five off five overs, she smashed a six off Dar to secure victory. Lee was well supported by de Klerk who contributed 37 in an unbroken 100-run stand that came at a run-rate of nearly nine.

While Lee was named Player of the Match, Dar was adjudged the Player of the Series for backing up her 192 runs with five wickets. Lee rounded off the series as the top scorer, making one run more than Dar’s tally. Nobody took more wickets than Dar – Ismail and Moseline Daniels also claimed five wickets each.