A devastating all-round display from Marizanne Kapp has powered South Africa its first ever win over Australia in a crushing 84-run ODI demolition.
Kapp was on fire, belting 75 off 87 balls with the bat before taking 3/12 off five overs to tear the Aussie top order apart.
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Australia was lucky as Kapp was put in cotton wool late after suffering soft tissue damage in her arm in the first ODI after copping a stray throw.
It allowed Australia to avoid complete disaster as Ash Gardner, who was battling hamstring tightness, combined with Kim Garth in the highest ever ninth-wicket partnership in women’s ODIs.
A week after she claimed her second Belinda Clark Award in three years, Gardner was forced to come off midway through South Africa’s innings having already picked up two wickets as the visitors reached 6/229 after a couple of rain delays which left the hosts chasing a revised target of 234 from 45 overs.
Gardner (35) and Garth (42 not out) saved Australia from what looked set to be a record-breaking defeat when they slumped to 8/71, with Gardner moving fairly well in spite of her discomfort.
But it was all about Kapp, who nearly singehandedly demolished the Aussies.
Kapp has been one of the most dominant forces in the WBBL and backed it up with bat and ball against the Aussies.
The South African quick removed openers Alyssa Healy and Phoebe Litchfield but saved her best for Beth Mooney who had her middle stump rocked back as Kapp claimed the extraordinary figures of 3/7 from her opening four overs.
Her incredible effort helped South Africa beat Australia in an ODI for the first time, while this was Australia’s first loss at North Sydney in 15 years, with the sides to face off at the same venue on Saturday.
With Australia clinging onto a 6-4 lead in the multi-format series, selectors won’t want to risk Gardner with the lone Test to begin next Thursday which is worth four points.
Teammate Ellyse Perry also battled a stomach bug on Wednesday and didn’t look herself when she came out to bat having bowled just two overs in front of a very disappointing midweek crowd.