Chasing the 186, the West Indies failed to reach the 36 laps in the penultimate ODI of the five-race series.
South Africa 185 για 6 (du Preez 65 *, Brits 30, Mohammed 2-26) West Indies 150 for 9 (Williams 42, van Niekerk 3-23) with 35 runs
The undefeated Mignon du Preez 65 and Dane van Niekerk’s 3 were decisive in South Africa’s successful defense of 185 in the fourth ODI against the West Indies, who put 150 in 9 in response, suffering a fourth consecutive defeat in a series of five games. .
After the West Indies put the visitors on a bat, South Africa lost intermittent wickets, with none of the bats except du Preez turning 30. Opener Laura Wolvaardt left in second during the match as Aaliyah Alleyne caught her . One down Lara Goodall was the next to fall. Opener Tazmin Brits and No. 4 van Niekerk made 30 and 20 respectively, but regular hits by the hosts meant the tourists were 88 for 4 in 26.5 overs at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua.
Du Preez’s arrival at No. 5 meant that South Africa embarked on a slow but effective reconstruction as the experienced bat, playing its first international innings after touring India in March, scored five fours in a 91-ball stay. . He participated in three collaborations of 30 runs and over – with van Niekerk, Chloe Tryon and wicketkeeper Sinalo Jafta, whose undefeated 46-ball 28 at No. 8 came in an unbroken 63-run stand. du Preez and Jafta added 36 to South Africa’s record in the last five overs.
Four West Indies bowlers selected a wicket piece, including debutant Cherry-Ann Fraser, with captain Anisa Mohammed picking the bowls 2 for 26 of the 10 overs. But from the start, goal 186 was a challenge for the West Indies – who will appear in the ODI World Cup qualifiers in November – December – failing to surpass the 160 in the previous three ODIs. Besides, they had not yet hunted in the series. On Thursday, their batting unit did little to counter the trend.
Opener Rashada Williams’ 90-ball 42 was followed by 22, 14 and 15 by Deandra Dottin, Matthews and Kycia Knight at numbers 4, 5 and 6. No other beat was in double digits. Five of the six South African bowlers who took took at least one wicket each, with Masbata Klaas returning the best figures among the quicks 10-2-25-2 and Van Niekerk boom taking the overall distinctions. Van Niekerk, the captain, sent off Dottin, Mohammed and Fraser and played a role in Williams’ exhaustion in the 39 over over, as the hosts eventually made 36 appointments in their effort.
“Honestly, we just made a mistake with the bat, and again we lost two wickets in powerplay,” Shakera Selman told CWI Media after the match. “We have talked a lot about this [but] we managed to do it again today, something that gave the upper hand to South Africa when they were bowling, but I still thought we should have done that in 186.
“At this stage it may be mental because we have done all the preparations we could possibly do. Our coaches have prepared well, they have worked very hard with us, unfortunately we just do not perform. So you just have to appear bat right.”
The teams return to the same venue on September 19 for the fifth – and final – ODI.