During the match played between South Africa and West Indies at the ICC Women’s World Cup on Sunday, South Africa’s captain, Dane Van Niekerk, became the first bowler in the history of One Day International (ODI) cricket to take four wickets in a match without giving away even a single run.
Bowling three maiden overs, Niekerk sent Chedean Nation, Merissa Aguilleira, Shanel Daley and Qiana Joseph back to the dressing room one after the other and created a world record. Eventually, the West Indies team was all out at 48.
The title of Player of the Match, though, was handed out to Marizanne Kapp who also took 4 wickets, for 14 runs. With Lizelle Lee (29 not out) and Laura Wolvaardt (19 not out) opening, the South African team chased the target in a mere 6.2 overs without the loss of even a single wicket.
The previous best record similar to that of Dane Van was created by an Australian cricketer named Richie Benaud who had taken 3 wickets without giving any runs in a match against India way back in 1959.
24 year-old Dane Van Niekerk made her debut in the world of international cricket in the year 2009 against West Indies and has made a mark in the world of cricket by continuously showing outstanding performance since then.
In 2013, while playing against West Indies, she became the first South African woman cricketer to take an international hat-trick. Niekerk finished the match by taking 5 wickets, giving away just 28 runs.