The third and last T20I of the tour ended in another loss as Sri Lanka suffered a 3-0 clean sweep at the hands of South Africa women, at Centurion.
The visitors won the toss and put the host to bat on a decent batting pitch in the hope of restricting them to a low total. But, Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu instantly realized it was a bad decision when South African Counterpart Dane van Niekerk went all guns blazing with her opening partner and wicket keeper-batter Brits to put 58 runs in the first 8 overs.
Brits departed early for a brisk 36 runs after hitting 4 boundaries and 1 six. All-rounder Marizanne Kapp then joined her captain to continue the charge before falling for 13-ball 19. A last over flourish was provided by exciting young talents, Lara Goodall and Sune Luus. Skipper Niekerk held one end of the wicket as she was the last one to depart for 38 runs in the final over.
South Africa set a target of 163 runs to win for the women from Sri Lanka at the loss of 5 wickets.
Sri Lankan opening partnership failed in their duties, once again, as wicket keeper-batter Prasadini Weerakkody went back to the dressing room in just two balls into their inning, off Marizanne Kapp’s furious pace. But unlike the previous two games, Sri Lanka’s batting rejuvenated to see them score more than at a run-a-ball in the middle over period. Captain Chamari Atapattu and the newest 1000 T20I runs club entrée, former captain Shashikala Siriwardene, were the stars with the bat for Sri Lanka with their knocks of 43 off 36 balls and 29 off 21 balls respectively.
But eventually, Sri Lanka had to satisfy with only 124 runs at the 20 over mark, 39 runs behind the original target for the loss of 8 wickets. 19-year-old Nadine De Klerk was able to record her career best figures of 3/27.
With this defeat South Africa completed the 3-0 victory over Sri Lanka women in the T20I series and the 3-match one-day series which is part of the ODI championship, scheduled to commence on the 11th of February at Potchefstroom.
South Africa Women
Sri Lanka Women
SAW won by 39 runs
South Africa Women’s Innings
|Dane van Niekerk||c A Kulasuriya b C Athapatthu||38||29|
|Tazmin Brits||c S Siriwardene b I Ranaweera||36||30|
|Marizanne Kapp||c I Mendis b O Ranasinghe||19||13|
|Lara Goodall||c C Athapatthu b K Dilhari||35||30|
|Sune Luus||(runout) Madavi||26||15|
|Nadine de Klerk||not out||1||1|
|Faye Tunnicliffe||not out||5||2|
Sri Lanka Women’s Innings
|Prasadini Weerakkody||b M Kapp||0||2|
|Chamari Athapatthu||b S Ismail||43||36|
|Hasini Perera||b N Klerk||13||24|
|Harshitha Madavi||c & b S Luus||11||13|
|Shashikala Siriwardena||c L Goodall b M Klaas||29||21|
|Imalka Mendis||b N Klerk||6||9|
|Nilakshi de Silva||c S Ismail b N Klerk||0||1|
|Kavisha Dilhari||c N Klerk b S Ismail||9||8|
|Oshadi Ranasinghe||not out||4||8|
|Nadine de Klerk||4||0||27||3||6.75|
|Dane van Niekerk||1||0||9||0||9.00|