Ayabonga Khaka set to reach significant milestone in third ODI against Sri Lanka

Ayabonga Khaka set to reach significant milestone in third ODI against Sri Lanka

Ayabonga Khaka is set become the first black African women to make 100 appearances in the ODI format when the Proteas Women take on Sri Lanka in the third match of the series in Potchefstroom.

Khaka will be the ninth Proteas Women to achieve the milestone and will also be just the third black African cricketer in South Africa, male and female, to reach the mark.

The iXesi-born seamer reflected on her journey as one of the pioneering black female cricketers in the country, following in the footsteps of esteemed predecessors. 

She said: "I'm not the person that always looks at milestones. I enjoy playing for my country and I am honoured that I will have a possibility to achieve that tomorrow.

"To be honest, I'm just a cricketer. I'll take it that I'm achieving a milestone that other people have achieved. 

"I'm not looking at it as I'm the first one, but I'm grateful to be part of the group that has achieved that. We have had great players before me and I'm just honoured to be part of them."

With her name is set to be carved alongside South Africa's cricketing great Makhaya Ntini and Kagiso Rabada, Khaka finds solace in her role models and draws inspiration from their legacy.

She added: "I always looked up to Makhaya Ntini when I was growing up. I could relate to him because we're coming from the same parts of the country. 

"And with KG (Rabada), he's still going, he's still a youngster, but with the experience that he has, he's showing (up) each and every day. I'm grateful to be part of that list with those two great guys." 

The Proteas Women lead the three-match 1-0 after a seven-wicket victory in Kimberley in the second match of the series while the first game was abandoned due to rain in East London.

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