“I am not going to lie, there was a bit of pressure coming into this game on the batting unit. Being bowled out for 60 is a bit ridiculous."
IF ever there was a tonic for anyone not feeling well, a maiden one-day international hat-trick will certainly lift the spirits.
That was the case with Masabata Klaas after the Proteas seamer claimed the 39th ODI hat-trick to help the hosts level their three-match series against Pakistan with a convincing eight-wicket victory in Potchefstroom yesterday.
Klaas (pictured) (3/27) claimed the wickets of Aliya Riaz, Umaima and Sidra Nawaz in successive balls to dismiss the visitors for just 148. This was a complete turnaround after Pakistan had bundled the Proteas out for just 63 in the first ODI.
“That was so cool. She was feeling under the weather this morning, but after the hat-trick she was sprinting around. We were teasing her about it for a while. It was really amazing to see (her) do this well because she has been doing well for a long time without getting the rewards,” Proteas opener Laura Wolvaardt said.
Although Pakistan’s total was below par, the Proteas still needed to bat well to close out the match. There would have been tension at the start of the innings, especially after the debacle earlier in the week.
But Wolvaardt was the stabilising factor with an undefeated 76. Wolvaardt’s opening partner Lizelle Lee also contributed a solid 40.
“I am not going to lie, there was a bit of pressure coming into this game on the batting unit. Being bowled out for 60 is a bit ridiculous.
It was just good to come and show that was not our usual standard and it was important that we chased the score down with a quite a few wickets in hand,” Wolvaardt said.
“That was the mindset I went in with to take my time and really assess the conditions before doing anything drastic. We were not chasing a huge total, so I could take my time a little. ”
Wolvaardt, though, credited the bowling unit for the victory.
“Our bowlers set up this win. They bowled incredibly well. I felt that seam was easier to face on this wicket, and our bowling line-up was full of seamers, so they really had to hit their lengths. They did really well,” she said.