All the tied ODI matches in 21st century in Women’s cricket

Tied matches in Women’s ODI cricket are quite rare as only six out of 1183 games in the format ended in a Tie thus far. The first two tied games took place in the 1982 Women’s world cup in a space of 25 days featuring the England team. The next tied Women’s ODI was witnessed 15 years later during the 1997 CWC hosted by India. The rest of the three Tied Women’s ODIs came in the last 12 years and the number could slowly increase with more matches between the top sides in recent times.

Here we look at the tied matches in Women’s ODI cricket during the 21st century:

3. South Africa vs West Indies, Cape Town in 2009:

South Africa hosted West Indies Women for a 5-match ODI series in 2009 whose scoreline read 2-1 after the first three games. The 4th ODI was hosted by the Newlands in Cape Town where the visitors elected to bowl first. Mignon du Preez played a crucial role in taking the home side to 180/6 as she smashed an unbeaten 70 from 110 balls. Opener Deandra Dottin struck 34 from only 29 balls as the West Indies Women cruised in the chase in the first half.

They reached 100 in 22 overs for the loss of only two wickets but the Proteas Women kept the fight on by taking wickets regularly. Alicia Smith was given the ball for the final over when just two runs were needed with three wickets in hand. Britney Cooper picked a single on the 2nd ball to level the scores. But Anisa Mohammed failed to connect the next three balls before getting cleaned up on the final delivery. Alicia bowled a yorker on the last ball to record the first tie in Women’s ODIs in 12 years.

2. Australia vs South Africa, Coffs Harbour in 2016:

South Africa Women had a tough time during their tour of Australia in 2016 as they were 0-3 down in the 5-match ODI series. The 4th ODI was hosted by the International Stadium in Coffs Harbour where the hosts elected to bat first. Fifties from Ellyse Perry and Nicole Bolton guided the Aussie Women to 242. The hosts were set to take a 4-0 lead after leaving the South Africans at 40/4 by 12th over.

But skipper Dane van Niekerk (81) and Marizanne Kapp (66) kept the team alive with a 140-run stand in only 30.3 overs. Kapp’s stay at the crease came to an end due to a run out in the 42nd over but Niekerk brought down the equation to 17 from 20 balls. Jess Jonassen cleaned up Niekerk as the Proteas lost three wickets for five runs. Elyse Villani bowled the last over when eight runs were needed for the visitors.

Only three runs came in the first four balls before the No.11 batter Klaas found a boundary on the penultimate ball to level the scores. Klaas was runout trying for the winning run on the final ball as South Africa missed a chance of beating Australia for the first time in Women’s International cricket. Till date, the two teams faced off 19 times across all formats and the Australia Women’s team came victorious on 18 occasions.

1. South Africa vs Pakistan, Benoni in 2019:

Pakistan Women featured in a 3-match ODI series in South Africa which was tied at 1-1 ahead of the final match. The series decider was hosted by Benoni’s Willowmoore Park where visitors elected to bowl first. Openers Lizelle Lee (57) and Laura Wolvaardt (56) scored fifties while captain Sune Luus struck an 84-ball 80 as the South Africa Women ended strongly on 265/6. In reply, Pakistan women lost three wickets inside eight overs for only 37 runs but Javeria Khan’s 74 kept her team hanging around.

Pakistan Women were six wickets down for 197 in 42 overs and still needed 69 runs in eight overs. Aliya Riaz, batting on 40 off 61 balls, began to find boundaries as she scored 31 runs in the next 21 balls. She struck a hat-trick of fours against Marizanne Kapp in the 46th over. Aliya added 46 runs in 31 balls for the 7th wicket with Sana Mir. But both the batters got out in the 48th over leaving 16 runs to win in two overs. Only five runs came in the next 8 balls before Nashra Sandhu smashed a six on the penultimate ball as both the teams shared the series in the end.