ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 : South Africa’s Dane van Niekerk creates history

South Africa outplayed West Indies for the second-lowest total in their history and sixth lowest in the tournament’s en route a crushing 10-wicket win, their second in three games, in 140 minutes. Less than a third of the overs in the game were bowled as South Africa completed their chase of 50 in 6.2 overs. A third successive loss left West Indies, runners-up of the 2013 edition, closer to elimination.

Dane van Niekerk, the South Africa captain, became the only bowler in cricket history to take four wickets in an international without conceding a run.Dane van Niekerk took 4-0 and Marizanne Kapp 4-14 as West Indies, the World Twenty20 champions, were hustled out in 25.2 overs in Leicester.

Chedean Nation made 26, but no other batter managed double figures. South Africa reached their target in only 38 balls, the fastest run chase to complete a 10-wicket win in any women’s 50-over one-day international.

At the helm of the South African domination was captain Dane van Niekerk, whose stunning figures of 3.2-3-0-4 made her the holder of a unique feat in international cricket, aside from playing a key role in bowling the opposition out for a meagre 48.

With the performance, van Niekerk became the first bowler in the history of international cricket — taking both women’s as well as men’s versions of the sport into consideration — to collect four or more wickets in an innings without conceding a single run. The closest that a male bowler has come in this aspect was Richie Benaud (3/0) against India back in 1959.

West Indies have lost all three of their opening games and face a struggle to reach the semi-finals.

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