Sri Lanka women lost the 2nd match of the T20I series by 2 wickets, after a thrilling sea-saw battle, against South Africa today, to hand the 3-match series victory to the home team.
Sri Lanka decided to bat first at Johannesburg, but quickly found themselves in trouble in the first powerplay as experienced fast bowler Marizanne Kapp sent both Sri Lankan openers: Hasini Perera and Anushka Sanjeewani to the dressing room before they could go into double figures. (2/8)
South Africa Women managed to register a comprehensive victory over the touring Sri Lanka Women in the 1st T20 match……
Sri Lankan captain Chamari Atapattu had to consolidate the innings but couldn’t find another gear as she fell for 20 runs eventually. After Atapattu’s departure former captain Shashikala Siriwardene showed her experience in the middle and found a flurry of boundaries to up the ante as she scored a valuable 38 off 33 balls.
23-year old leggy Sune Luus destroyed Sri Lanka’s middle order to pick up 5 wickets as the Sri Lankan innings was wrapped up before the full quota of 20 overs for 105 runs.
Proteas in-form skipper, who had a dream WBBL this summer, went on her usual business opening the innings with 6 fours and 1 six within the first 4 overs before granting a return catch to Achini Kulasuriya on 33.
Then the Sri Lankan spinners kept the scorers busy as they picked up wickets at regular intervals to keep Sri Lanka in the game. Right hander Nadine De Klerk held her nerves to see her team through to victory in the penultimate delivery of the game.
The ICC Women’s T20 World World Cup 2020 will take place in Australia from 21 February to 8 March, 2020.
Atapattu, Siriwardene and left arm orthodox bowler Inoka Ranaweera chipped in with two wickets a piece.
Third and final match of the T20I series will commence on 6th of February at Super Sports Park, Centurion before the One Day series starts.
Sri Lanka Women
South Africa Women
SAW won by 2 wickets
Sri Lanka Women’s Innings
|Hasini Perera||c M Klaas b M Kapp||1||3|
|Anushka Sanjeewani||c F Tunnicliffe b M Kapp||6||8|
|Chamari Athapatthu||c M Kapp b T Sekhukhune||20||29|
|Imalka Mendis||c M Klaas b S Luus||12||21|
|Shashikala Siriwardena||st F Tunnicliffe b S Luus||38||33|
|Nilakshi de Silva||st F Tunnicliffe b S Luus||4||8|
|Umesha Thimashini||c T Sekhukhune b S Luus||7||6|
|Oshadi Ranasinghe||(runout) T Sekhukhune||1||1|
|Achini Kulasuriya||not out||2||3|
|Udeshika Prabodhani||b M Kapp||0||3|
|Inoka Ranaweera||c & b S Luus||1||3|
|Dane van Niekerk||3||0||17||0||5.67|
South Africa Women’s Innings
|Dane van Niekerk||c & b A Kulasuriya||33||19|
|Tazmin Brits||lbw by S Siriwardene||10||15|
|Marizanne Kapp||lbw by I Ranaweera||7||13|
|Lara Goodall||c I Mendis b S Siriwardene||17||22|
|Sune Luus||c N de Silva b I Ranaweera||4||7|
|Nadine de Klerk||not out||15||18|
|Saarah Smith||c N de Silva b C Athapatthu||4||13|
|Faye Tunnicliffe||(runout) A Kulasuriya||9||7|
|Shabnim Ismail||st A Sanjeewani b C Athapatthu||0||1|
|Masabata Klaas||not out||2||4|