South Africa's Dane van Niekerk creates history with stunning figures of 4/0

Stafanie Taylor

SOUTH AFRICA - Dane van Niekerk (captain), Trisha Chetty, Moseline Daniels, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon and Laura Wolvaardt.

The South Africa captain thus became the only bowler in cricket history to take four wickets in an global match without conceding a run.

At the helm of the South African domination was captain Dane van Niekerk, whose stunning figures of 3.2-3-0-4 made her the holder of a unique feat in global cricket, aside from playing a key role in bowling the opposition out for a meagre 48. For Pakistan, it was Nashra Sandhu who scalped four wickets to restrict the opposition to just 169.

The victory came with 262 deliveries to spare, the largest remaining ball margin in World Cup history.

However, van Niekerk came into the attack looking for a breakthrough and ended up with four wickets without giving away a run.

However, Taylor said her side were focussing on pulling all facets of their game together and executing on game day. I'm really proud of the bowlers, especially my two opening bowlers - world class.




"I just said to the team to stick to the plan, bowlers, bowl their lines and lengths, we know that dot balls create wickets and yeah, it was a world class performance by them".

But Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the West Indies are in danger of being cast adrift, with all three teams yet to win a match.

South Africa were dominant from the start as they bowled out the West Indies for just 48.

On her record-breaking statistic, she commented sheepishly; "The ball was not coming off great, I can't tell you what happened there today".

"The girls asked to top up on some of the areas they felt they fell short in", she explained.

"We don't want to underestimate anyone. All the teams are not going to roll over and say "take it" so we know we have to play hard cricket".

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