Cuttack, Feb 3: Australia posted their second straight win at the ICC Women's World Cup 2013, with a three-wicket victory over South Africa at DRIEMS Cricket Ground on Sunday. Australian opener Rachael Haynes was named player-of-the-match for her 83-run knock.
Having been sent in to bowl first, the Australian bowling attack put pressure on South Africa's top order from the first ball. Ellyse Perry (3-35) wasted no time with the new ball, claiming the key wickets of opener Yolandi Potgieter (0) and captain Mignon du Preez (0) in her first two overs, with the South Africans falling to 2-0 in the third over.
Trisha Chetty (59) and Marizanne Kapp (61) steadied the South African innings and built a 122-run partnership before Rachael Haynes (1-6) made the breakthrough in the 33rd over, claiming Chetty's wicket. Megan Schutt (2-42) made light work of the middle-order, picking up two wickets in the 37th over, including that of Kapp. South Africa finished 9-188 after their 50 overs.
The loss of quick successive wickets early in Australia's innings had them on the back foot from the start. Meg Lanning (12) was caught out in the ninth over, while Jess Cameron (0) and Alex Blackwell (0) both lost their wickets in the 10th over.
Opener Haynes (83) backed up her solid innings from the previous match and proved pivotal in the run chase. Lisa Sthalekar (29) and Jodie Fields (21)provided some resistance in the middle of the innings and added some much needed runs to the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars' total.
Erin Osborne (20 not out) guided the tail to push the Australian side's total past the set target in the 46th over, finishing 7-190. Shabnim Ismail was the standout bowler for South Africa, finishing with 4-41.
Australia will face New Zealand in their third and final group match at Driems Cricket Ground on Tuesday.