South African pair of women cricketers captain Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp became the first married couple to bat together in an international cricket match when the duo shared the pitch against Sri Lanka in the ongoing Women’s World T20 2018.
Van Niekerk married her South Africa teammate Kapp in July this year and had made their international debut within two days of each other during the 2009 World Cup. Van Niekerk made her debut against West Indies on March 8, while Kapp was handed her first cap for South Africa on March 10.
On Monday against Sri Lanka, Kapp and Van Niekerk added 67 runs for the third wicket as South Africa defeated Sri Lanka. South Africa first restricted the Lankans to 99 for 8 after opting to bowl first and then chased down the target with 7 wickets and 9 balls to spare.
Van Niekerk has played 98 ODIs (1946 runs) and 70 T20 Internationals (1538 runs) for South Africa. Her partner Kapp has 1626 runs and 106 wickets from 96 ODIs. In 67 T20Is, she has scored 700 runs and taken 50 wickets.