Former South Africa Captain & Cricket South Africa Director Graeme Smith heaps praise on South Africa Women’s team after they win a series against India on Sunday with a match to spare.
South Africa took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five match T20I series as they beat India Women by seven wickets in a record chase at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Sunday. The visitors won the first & third ODI match by eight wickets & six runs before their latest victory which helped them to clinch the T20I series on their India Tour.
Graeme Smith feels that winning a series in India is a “major achievement” that cannot be underestimated. The former Men’s Captain also highlighted how the team is growing from strength to strength.
“Congratulations to the Proteas for a fantastic series win in India. It is one of the most difficult places in the world to tour and for our players to go there and beat the hosts in their own back yard, with a match to spare is a massive achievement, which cannot be understated,” said Smith in CSA release.
“We have seen Coach Hilton take his team to New Zealand last year and win a series. They followed that up by beating Pakistan at home in January and now they have gone to India and won a third ODI series in succession. It shows the immense growth of this team. They are really beginning to blossom at a time when the women’s game is also growing and we are extremely happy for them.”
Lizelle Lee who scored 63 runs, Mignon Du Preez scored 61 runs & Lara Goodall scored 59 runs were the star performers for South Africa as they chased down the massive target of 267 runs with eight balls to spare. This is also the highest run chase ever chased by South Africa’s Women’s team.
CSA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Pholetsi Moseki added, “What a proud day it is for all South Africans. The Proteas have done a sterling job to beat India Women in India. To have done it in 2014 was an amazing feat, but then to come back and do it again a few years later is just an amazing achievement”.
“We must also remember they are without their injured captain Dane van Niekerk, but in her absence we have seen others like stand-in captains Sune Luus and Laura Wolvaardt both shine. Lizelle Lee has been incredible with the bat and the support received from those around her like Lara Goodall, Mignon du Preez, and the bowlers is really commendable,” he added. India & South Africa will face each other in the fifth & the final ODI at the same venue on Wednesday.