Cape Town: A career-best bowling performance by the offspinner Anisa Mohammed helped West Indies women take the Twenty20 series in amazing fashion in Cape Town. South Africa did well to set themselves a target of 115 but stumped spectacularly with the bat after their openers got them off to a solid, if slow, start. From 73 for 0 in the 12th over, South Africa folded for 101 in 19.2 overs, with Mohammed leading the rout with 5 for 10.
Shandre Fritz and Trisha Chetty applied themselves slowly at the start of the South Africa innings. They added 31 in the Powerplay, hitting just one four, but opened up in the eighth over. A six by Fritz raised the team 50 in 51 balls, but her exit for a 35-ball 42 in the 12th over, slicing a catch to over, opened the sluice gates. Mohammed came on for the next over and immediately got Chetty (31 from 39) chipping to mid-off. In her second over, the 15th of the innings, she dismissed Mignon du Preez and Kirstie Thomson off successive deliveries to leave South Africa on 84 for 4.
After 15 overs, South Africa needed 30 more to win. Shemaine Campbelle, the right-arm seamer, added a second, getting Alicia Smith to flay her first delivery down to third man, and in the 18th over the hosts lost two more wickets. A terrible mix-up after the captain Sunette Loubser worked the ball to long leg and misjudged a single with Marizanne Kapp was followed by Charlize van der Westhuizen spooning one to extra cover.
Mohammed came back to bowl her final over, the 19th, and nipped out two more to complete a superb outing. The final wicket came in the last over when Ashlyn Kilowan was run out.
South Africa wouldn't have anticipated such a dramatic collapse after excelling in the field. Smith and Kilowan led the bowling honours with two apiece while van der Westhuizen took 1 for 12 off her allotted overs. Cordel Jack's 41 from 43 deliveries - she was particularly impressive driving straight and cutting square on the off side - was the best score of the West Indies innings and how crucial it proved to be.
Loubser was disappointed at the loss but was happy with her bowlers' performance."There were a lot of positives to take out from this game even though the result didn't go our way. The bowlers stuck to the lines and lengths that we discussed and we had an improved performance in the field as well," Loubser said. "Going into the final T20, we need to still play our game and end the series on a high."
West Indies: 114 for 9 (Jack 41, Kilowan 2-16)
South Africa: 101 (Fritz 42, Mohammed 5-10)
Result: West Indies women won by 13 runs