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Haynes shows class

Cuttack: Opener Rachael Haynes cracked a strokeful half-century, guiding Australia to a three-wicket victory over South Africa in a Group B match of the ICC Women’s World Cup, here, on Sunday.

Haynes scored 83 runs off 108 balls, and her knock was studded with 10 boundaries. She anchored the Australian run chase after South Africa, electing to bat first, posted 188 for nine.

Haynes batted sensibly and starred in two important partnerships, with Lisa Sthalekar and Jodie Fields for the fourth and five wickets respectively, taking Australia to 150 before falling to Shabnim Ismail in the 37 th over.

Ismail came up with a four-wicket haul and was supported well by Susan Benade, who snapped a couple of wickets. Still, they could not restrict the Australian eves. Earlier, Trisha Chetty (59) and Marizanne Kapp (61) hit twin half centuries to ensure South Africa crossed the 150-mark.

For Australia, Ellyse Perry snapped three wickets. Megan Schutt took a couple, while Erin Osborne, Sthalekar and Haynes accounted for a scalp each. Chasing 189 to win, Haynes and Meg Lannings made a cautious start scoring 33 in 10 overs before the latter was picked up by Benade.

It triggered a mini-collapse as the next two batswomen were back in the pavilion within a span of three balls as Ismail dismissed J. Cameron and A.J. Blackwell for nought in the 11 th over. Sthalekar (29) then joined Haynes and the two steadied the innings before the former was caught by Cri-zelda Brits, off Loubser, in the 25 th over.

Haynes and Fields helped Australia cross the 100-run mark with another important partnership before the opener was dismissed. Osborne then made sure to take the team home even as Australia lost two more wickets in the form of Fields (21) and Sarah Coyte.

Brief scores

South Africa 188/9 in 50 ovs (M. Kapp 61). Australia 190/7 in 45.4 ovs (R. Haynes 83)

Australia won by 3 wickets