WBBL 2020: Marizanne Kapp retires hurt with elevated heart-rate; ruled out of the ongoing game vs Scorchers

Kapp was batting on 33 when she needed the medical attention.

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Marizanne Kapp. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) is currently in progress in Sydney with matches being played at five different grounds in the city. The tournament commenced on October 25 amid COVID-19 pandemic and some exceptional cricket is being played. On Wednesday, Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers locked horns with each other in the match 31 of the competition at the Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney.

After opting to bat first, the Sixers lost Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner early as they were struggling at 16/2 in the fourth over. This is when Marizanne Kapp and Ellyse Perry joined hands to resurrect the innings. The rebuilding was well in line as the duo stitched a much-needed and good partnership for the third wicket.

The South African player, Kapp was looking in good touch having scored 33 off 31 balls. But suddenly, she needed some medical attention. She was battling the extreme heat in Sydney and was retired hurt. The reason of her walking out of the field was elevated heart rate while batting probably due to the heat.

Marizanne Kapp didn’t come out to bowl as well

Marizanne Kapp then didn’t come out to bowl as well. Doctors didn’t allow her to take the field due to the pre-existing heart condition and they didn’t want to take any chance with it. It comes as a huge blow for the Sixers as they will miss their pace bowler with the ball but most importantly, the team and the management will be hoping for her to stay healthy and recover soon.

As far as the game is concerned, Ellyse Perry held the innings together batting for the whole 20 overs after opening the innings. She remained unbeaten on 62 off 52 balls with nine fours while Dane Van Niekerk scored 15 off 13 balls to give a bit of late impetus to the innings. The Sixers posted 137 runs on the board for the loss of four wickets in their 20 overs.

Sydney Sixers might miss their ace all-rounder for the next few matches even as they sit pretty at the third position in the points table having won four matches out of seven and losing only one.

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