Lizelle Lee scored a speedy 53 runs off 52 balls to lead the Momentum Proteas women to their second triumph at the Qatar International Women’s Cricket Championship in Doha on Wednesday. This was their first T20 of their double-header assignment of the day.
Ireland managed 101/7 in their allotted 20 overs after they were asked to bat first. The bowlers played as a unit, with Moseline Daniels, Marcia Letsoalo, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail and Sunette Loubser all taking a wicket each.
South Africa made a swift reply. Lee and opening partner, Trisha Chetty (27*), once again laid the foundation for a strong chase with their 83-run opening stand, before the former was dismissed by Amy Keanley at the end of the 12th over. The Irish bowlers struggled with their lines, conceding 14 runs through extras.
Chetty and skipper, Mignon du Preez (8*), kept their composure, adding 19 runs to get their side to victory.
Du Preez was happy with the win but was reserving any celebrations for the end of the day.
“It was a great game played by the team,” she said. “Today we executed our game plans well and, even when things went slightly off course, we were able to bring it back really well. That’s one out of two, now we look towards Pakistan later this evening.”
The second T20 against Pakistan starts at 17:00 local time.