Taylor, Knight give West Indies victory
A 126-run partnership between Stefanie Taylor and Kycia Knight saw them lead the West Indies to their first Super Sixes win in the ICC Women's World Cup 2013 when they beat the Momentum Proteas Women by two wickets in Cuttack on Friday.
South Africa won the toss and batted first, posting 230 on a slow track, the highest total at the ground in the World Cup so far. South Africa's batting lineup showed great improvement, with most of the top order adding runs to the board including Trisha Chetty's 45, Cri-Zelda Brits's 44 and Mignon du Preez's 31. Dané van Niekerk provided an anchor role in the end, adding 33 unbeaten runs off 30 balls to the board.
Du Preez is a disappointed captain today, she said: "We were definitely happy with 230, it's the highest number of runs scored on this wicket so far. We thought we had a good chance, it's just the way we started off in the bowling department and the extras we gave away along with Stefanie Taylor's brilliant batting that got the game away from us."
South Africa's bowling and fielding efforts were a cause for concern. Twenty five extras and three dropped catches were the ultimate cause of their loss and du Preez agrees that it is something that will need to be corrected before their match against England on Monday.
"Catches win matches and it really is true," she said. "Usually against tough competition it's that one dropped catch that could have meant the difference between winning and losing, we definitely didn't take our chances. We have been struggling with extras recently and it's definitely one of the factors we will take into consideration tomorrow when we're at practice. They outplayed us and added the pressure on us and took it away from them."
Taylor scored a brisk 75 runs from 78 balls, while Knight (46) narrowly missed out on her half century. Both were dismissed by Dané van Niekerk who was the pick of the South African bowlers, taking three wickets for 47. The rest of the batting lineup did not pack as much of a punch with Shemaine Campbelle and Deandra Dottin the only notable scorers with 33 and 24 respectively.
Although South Africa are now out of the running for the final, Du Preez still hopes to qualify for the third and fourth place playoffs.
"We can still get into the third and fourth place playoffs, which is one of our main objectives coming into this competition," she concluded. "Breaking into the coveted top four group is really important to us. This is the elite group that consists of the teams to beat and we know that we deserve to be there. We just need to keep calm in sticky situations and maintain our disciplines.
South Africa have qualified for the 2017 Women's World Cup.