South Africa Women have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka, but remain keen to be "a bit more clinical" in the third and final game, all-rounder Marizanne Kapp has said.
The hosts won the series opener in Cape Town by a comfortable seven wickets. In the next game in Centurion, it was close, as they scraped past a 106-run target with just two wickets in hand. With the series secured, Kapp now wants the hosts to win in a more convincing fashion.
“We’ve not played our best cricket at all. I think we were a bit lucky coming out on top there," she said on Tuesday, 5 February, the eve of the third T20I. "Having said that, we’re missing players like Lizelle Lee (fitness concerns) and Chloe Tryon (injury), which leaves quite a big hole in your batting line-up.
"It was good to see the youngsters take us over the line, but we need to do better if we want to win [the third T20I]. I was up there at No.3, I should have ended the game there. But if we come out on top playing the way we did, I’ll take it any day.”
Kapp heaped praise on the younger players in the side, lauding the "fearlessness" they exhibited in the tricky chase in Johannesburg. The hosts lost wickets frequently but held it together long enough to go past the target in the final over.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” Kapp said. “We’re still trying out a few new combinations and we have a few new faces in our squad as well, so we’re still working things out and hopefully we can just get better as we get along.
"It’s good to see such fearlessness from the younger players, to still come out on top and have them in at the end there to take us over the line, that’s a big learning curve for them and we’ll take that any day. Hopefully, tomorrow’s match will be a bit more clinical.”
South Africa had a disappointing run at the ICC Women's World T20 2018, where they exited the tournament after the group stage. However, the players and board have gone back to the drawing board thereafter, taking significant measures to learn and grow from the campaign.
"It’s good signs for us because it shows how seriously CSA is about taking women’s cricket forward. We can’t settle for second best," added Kapp.
"We’re at that stage now where if we don’t make our fitness [important] and if we don’t score runs or play our part, we’re gonna have to bring in youngsters and I think that just shows where we’re at as a team and where we want to see ourselves in the months and years to come."
The third T20I will be played in Centurion on Wednesday, 6 February.