Marizanne Kapp starred with the bat (28 off 27) and ball (3 for 24) as South Africa beat Pakistan by 8 wickets in the opening T20I and took early honours in the three-match series.
Kapp had Tazmin Brits for company, the latter remaining unbeaten on 52 off 54 balls to steer the hosts home with an over to spare. Chasing a modest total of 125 in Durban, Brits put on 38 with Lizelle Lee (22) before joining hands with Kapp for the second-wicket stand worth 69 runs. Aiman Anwer finished with two wickets but the visitors’ bowling lineup lacked incision on a good batting track.
Kapp was in the thick of the action early on too, picking Omaima Sohail’s wicket in the second over of the game. She would add crucial wickets of Nahida Khan and Ayesha Naseem, the top-scorer of the innings with 31, and had crucial support from Shabnim Ismail at the other end. Ismail returned figures of 2 for 20, and became only the fourth woman with 100 T20I wickets.
Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals and the largest partnership they managed was worth 42 runs for the sixth wicket. The runs came off 27 balls but it was merely a repair job in the end and Pakistan would still end up with 124/8.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 124/8 in 20 overs (Naseem 31; Kapp 3-24) lost to South Africa 125/2 in 19 overs (Brits 52*, Kapp 28; Anwer 2-29) by 8 wickets