Mohammed makes it a magical Monday for Windies girls

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- What started out as an ordinary Monday morning turned into an extra-ordinary Monday afternoon for West Indies Vice Captain Anisa Mohammed.

The talented off-spinner took an amazing 5-10 off four overs as the West Indies girls trounced South Africa to win the second Twenty20 International by 13 runs and with it took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The West Indies made 114-9 off their 20 overs, with Cordel Jack hitting 41, and then dismissed the Proteas for 101 off 19.2 overs at the Newlands Ground in Cape Town on Monday. Leg-spinner Shemaine Campbelle also bowled well for West Indies taking 2-19 off her four overs. Mohammed won the Player-of-the-Match award.

“It was a normal morning, just a normal day … nothing special. It was overcast and the ball was not spinning a lot but it was drifting and I decided to use that in my favour. I kept building the pressure and it paid off in the end.  As the Vice Captain of the team I knew I had a responsibility to perform. I am now in a leadership role and a lot depends on me, so after losing the ODI series, I knew I had to put in a big performance for the team this time around,” Mohammed said.

After Mohammed was introduced into the bowling attack the South Africans slipped from 73-0 to 101 all out in the space of nine overs.

“I would have to say this was definitely the best I have ever bowled. I came on late in the innings after they were off to a very good start, so I was really bowling at only 70 runs. The captain told me just to keep it tight and try to send down as many dot balls as possible. I knew once they weren’t scoring they would be under pressure,” the 21-year-old Trinidadian added.

The two teams now meet in the final Twenty20 International on Wednesday at Boland Bank Park in Paarl in the Western Cape. Mohammed noted: We are really looking forward to the final match… we want to make it 3-0 and complete a very good Twenty20 series.”