Women’s World Cup: South Africa’s Dane van Niekerk scripts history, picks up 4/0 vs West Indies

first_imgSouth African all-rounder Dane van Niekerk picked up four wickets without giving away any runs from 3.2 overs with her leg-spin against West Indies in the Women’s World Cup.Van Niekerk almost single-handedly destroyed the West Indian batting order as South Africa bowled them out for 48.Chedean Nation, Merissa Aguilleira, Shanel Daley and Qiana Joseph were all sent back to the dressing room by the Proteas captain as the South Africans made a complete mockery of the West Indies batters.She made her debut aged just 16 back in the year 2009 against the West Indies in a World Cup game at Newcastle and continued her fairy tale when she became the first South African woman cricketer to take a international hat-trick against them in 2013. She had finished that match with 5 wickets and giving away just 28 runs.The previous best in the world was by a man, a certain Richie Benaud who had picked up three wickets without giving away any runs in a Test match playing for Australia against India in Delhi way back in the year 1959.Marizanne Kapp, who adjudged the player of the match, also picked up four wickets for fourteen runs as West Indies were bowled out for a paltry 48. In reply South Africa reached the target easily in just 6.2 overs without losing any wicket.last_img