Marizanne Kapp retires hurt as Australia down Proteas Women in opening ODI

Marizanne Kapp retires hurt as Australia down Proteas Women in opening ODI

An injury to Marizanne Kapp did the Proteas Women little favours as they fell to an eight-wicket defeat in the first One-Day International against Australia in Adelaide on Saturday.

The win gives Australia a 1-0 lead in the 50-over format and a four-point lead in the multi-format tour. 

Beth Mooney, with an unbeaten 52 off 34 deliveries, featuring nine fours, played a crucial role in Australia chasing down South Africa's total of 105/9 after Marizanne Kapp was forced to leave the pitch injured after being struck on the left arm before King picked up figures of three for 19.

After winning the toss and electing to set a score, Australia's seamers, Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry quickly dismissed Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits. Kim Garth then removed Anneke Bosch without scoring, leaving South Africa on 9/3 in the eighth over.

Despite the early setbacks, Kapp and Sune Luus steadied the ship, taking the away side to 34/3 in the 13th over before Annabel Sutherland claimed Australia's fourth wicket. Chloe Tryon and Kapp added a further 22 runs before Tryon was caught out in the deep attempting a lofted shot off Ashleigh Gardner.

With South Africa struggling at 56/5, Kapp displayed resilience, guiding the team to 77/5 at the halfway mark before reaching her 13th ODI fifty. Unfortunately, while completing her second run to bring up her half-century, Kapp was hit by a ball en route to the stumps and wicket-keeper, forcing her to retire hurt.

Following Kapp's departure, Alana King made an immediate impact, trapping Sinalo Jafta and Nadine de Klerk leg-before wicket. Garth and King then wrapped up the innings with the dismissals of Nonkululeko Mlaba and Ayabonga Khaka.

In their chase, Australia's openers Alyssa Healy and Phoebe Litchfield built a 38-run stand within eight overs before Masabata Klaas dismissed Litchfield. De Klerk soon found the top-edge of Healy, and Jafta took a comfortable catch behind the stumps, reducing Australia to 42/2.

But with only 64 runs still needed for victory, Perry and Mooney formed a match-winning half-century stand for the third wicket, guiding Australia to a comfortable win with Mooney reaching her 15th ODI fifty with a winning four.

The second ODI is scheduled for Wednesday, 07 February at the North Sydney Oval in Sydney.

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