Mignon du Preez, on Tuesday, March 22, took an absolute stunner to get rid of Rachael Haynes during the match between South Africa and Australia in the 2022 Women’s World Cup at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. The left-handed Haynes is currently the leading run-scorer of the mega event, having notched 320 runs from five matches at an incredible average of 80.
She is one of the reasons behind Australia’s unbeaten run in the ongoing edition of the mega event. Keeping in mind the form she is in, it needed a special effort to dismiss Rachael Haynes and Mignon du Preez pulled it off. In the third ball of the 10th over, left-arm spinner Chloe Tryon churned out a half-tracker and Haynes’ eyes lit up. The batter rocked back onto the backfoot to play the pull.
Haynes had ample of time to send the ball over the ropes, but she couldn’t find proper timing. Du Preez, who was patrolling the deep mid-wicket boundary, ran to her left and pulled out a full-length dive. The Proteas fielder, eventually, pouched the leather and tumbled on to the ground. Haynes got out after scoring 17 runs off 29 balls with the help of two fours.
Here’s the video of Mignon du Preez taking the catch to get rid of Rachael Haynes
A worldie of a catch from Mignon du Preez to remove Rachael Haynes. https://t.co/aHrdwyiMFs
— Annesha Ghosh (@ghosh_annesha) March 22, 2022
As far as the match was concerned, Australia won it by five wickets with 28 balls left. After being put into bat first, South Africa racked up a decent score of 271 for the loss of five wickets in their 50 overs. Laura Wolvaardt carried on her good form with the bat, having scored 90 runs off 134 balls with the help of six fours.
She was unlucky to miss out on a century after Ashleigh Gardner dismissed her. Skipper Sune Luus also made 52 runs after which Marizanne Kapp chipped in with a 30-run cameo. The Aussies lost the early wickets of Haynes and Alyssa Healy in their run-chase, but skipper Meg Lanning took charge from there on.
Lanning stayed unbeaten on 135 runs off 130 balls with 15 fours and one six. She made sure the Aussies got past the finishing lineup without having to break much sweat.