The Momentum Proteas lost the third WT20 International against West Indies Women by five wickets at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Saturday due to a poor batting effort.
With the victory, the hosts tie the three-match WT20 series and gain confidence ahead of the one-day internationals.
With the same squad as the last match, the South African ladies were no match for their vastly superior opponents this time.
After failing to fire with the bat, the Proteas produced a meager 80 for nine in their 20 overs, hoping for a better start than their previous match.
The innings got off to a bad start as skipper Dane Van Niekerk was caught behind by Chinelle Henry on the opening ball.
The Proteas’ top order was then shredded by Aaliyah Alleyne’s precise bowling, which claimed the wickets of Lizelle Lee (9 (7) and Marizanne Kapp 0 in the second over, leaving them at nine for three.
Sune Luus and Tazmin Brits, the visitors’ middle-order combo, put up a spirited fight with scores of 23 (37) and 16 (17), respectively, as the visitors totaled 80.
The hosts easily batted down the Proteas’ 80-run mark after winning the toss and electing to bat first. The hosts’ only misfortune in the otherwise one-sided match was the loss of Hayley Matthews, who was caught at point by Lee off Ayabonga Khaka’s bowling for seven runs, and a few run outs near the end of their chase.
Following Matthews’ dismissal, the seasoned Kyshona Knight entered the fray to join the lethal Deandra Dottin 31. (21). With their 53-run collaboration, the two promptly wrapped up the game and led their team to a comfortable victory.
The two nations will now focus on the One-Day International format, which will begin on Tuesday, August 7 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.