Approximately 12 passes in the pursuit in St. Lucia, it seemed that a victory of the West Indies was very unlikely. South Africa needed 57 runs in 48 balls, two of their most experienced hitters were still in the field and had seven windows in hand. That was when Captain Stafanie Taylor, overcoming a neck injury, decided to take matters into her own hands. She knocked down the next one and designed a dramatic collapse starting with Sune Luus's wicket, and finished with the best figures of her 4-for-12 career, which finally gave the defending champions a famous victory.
"On the good side", Taylor said: "When they hit us, I told [Deandra] Dottin that I was going to play bowling and that pushed me in. I told myself that I would take care of this game of bowling and that gave me the breakthrough ".
Su However, the batting did not match his bowling. The West Indies suffered a collapse of their own, as South Africa's veteran fast bowler, Shabnim Ismail, ran through his line-up with 3-for-12, restricting them to 107-for-7 in 20 overs, which was just one more race than the average. They scored in their opening game against Bangladesh.
"Our batting is not the best at the moment," he said. "We fought to get to 107. In the middle with Natasha [McLean] and Kycia [Knight] they hit well and we need the association and bowling performance to overcome it.
" We said that in the team meeting, I have been working hard in the networks and in our game. I think it's all about the application, we need to give ourselves some time to evaluate the terrain. I do not think we've given ourselves that time. We are real estate hitters, we can erase limits at any time. We are not worried about limits, only our application needs to improve. "
Captain of South Africa Dane van Niekerk had a Similar opinion about his hitters, and he added that he was not worried about the bowling unit.South Africa had shown signs of struggle during its successful 100-race chase against Sri Lanka earlier this week as well, and in the game against the West Indies., they lost nine windows for 28 races.
"Sometimes we find a way to make things difficult for us," van Niekerk said. "With the windows in hand, we saw that most of the races were scoring on the back-end in a wicket like this. Our plan was to bat constantly and look for a victory in 19 over types. But it was like the panic stations there. "
" We got into trouble pretty soon because of the slow starts. A number of soft dismissals costs us. Do not think that many of our hitters can come out and say they came out in big balls. We did a great job restricting them. But again, we panic.
"If you want to win a World Cup, you have to pursue a convincing 107 and we did not do it, we need to do introspection as hitters, and since our warm-ups our batting has had problems to get 100."
The West Indies were also supported by some electrifying field on the day. Deandra Dottin was particularly spectacular, and it was his direct blow that exhausted van Niekerk that opened the door again to the West Indies.
"Deandra is late," Taylor said. "She's fantastic, batters fear her, when she goes to the ball, nobody wants to run, when Dane was left without a driver, he was taken by surprise and that was in our favor."
Even home fans. "I think today's audience was fantastic," Taylor said. I was very surprised to see that crowd when I look back at CPL, there were not that many people. And seeing the amount of people who came out to watch our game, it's just fantastic. And the girls loved it. "