The Sri Lanka U19s bowed out of the T20 World Cup with a heartbreaking 1-run loss against hosts South Africa in their final Super 6 game in Potchefstroom.
The visitors were already out of contention for the semi-finals of the competition at the beginning of the game, but that didn’t see them drop any intensity. In fact, the game saw perhaps Sri Lanka’s best effort in the field in the whole tournament, with a number of brilliant outfield catches being taken.
It was the spin twins Vidushika Perera and Dewmi Vihanga who once again shone with the ball, picking up 5 wickets between them in slow conditions. Among the highlights of Sri Lanka’s fielding efforts were catches by Dulanga Dissanayake, Rashmi Nethranjali and Umaya Rathnayake in the deep.
Sri Lanka’s chase started off sedately, but once she got going, Nethmi Senarathna was a treat to watch, with some spectacular shots on the off. The slow start did put some pressure on the middle order, but Sri Lanka stayed in the game thanks to a 42-run partnership between Senarathna and Vihanga.
At 90/3 in 16 overs, Sri Lanka were in with a big chance of causing an upset, but the wicket of Vihanga in the 18th over was a big blow to the visitors. The late middle order kept trying, bringing the equation down to 6 off the last 3 deliveries. A run-out and a stumping followed, leaving the new batter, No. 10 Nethranjali needing 5 off the last delivery. She swung hard but could only manage a 4, leaving Sri Lanka.
|Miane Smit||st Sumudu Nisansala b Dewmi Vihanga||8||8||1||0||100.00|
|Simone Lourens||b Dewmi Vihanga||14||14||2||0||100.00|
|Kayla Reyneke||c Dulanga Dissanayke b Vidushika Perera||43||49||2||0||87.76|
|Madison Landsman||c Rashmi Nethranjali b Harini Perera||21||12||4||0||175.00|
|Jenna Evans||c Umaya Rathnayake b Vihara Sewwandi||22||15||3||0||146.67|
|Karabo Meso||c Rashmi Nethranjali b Vidushika Perera||12||14||1||0||85.71|
|Oluhle Siyo||st Sumudu Nisansala b Vidushika Perera||3||5||0||0||60.00|
|Anica Swart||not out||7||3||1||0||233.33|
|Extras||4 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 3, pen 0)|
|Total||134/7 (20 Overs, RR: 6.7)|
|Nethmi Senarathna||st Karabo Meso b Kayla Reyneke||36||49||3||1||73.47|
|Sumudu Nisansala||run out (Monalisa Legodi)||5||10||1||0||50.00|
|Vishmi Gunarathne||c Simone Lourens b Madison Landsman||12||17||1||0||70.59|
|Dewmi Vihanga||c Jenna Evans b Kayla Reyneke||37||23||3||3||160.87|
|Manudi Nanayakkara||c Madison Landsman b Refilwe Moncho||17||9||2||1||188.89|
|Vidushika Perera||run out (Jenna Evans)||6||4||0||0||150.00|
|Dulanga Dissanayke||st Karabo Meso b Miane Smit||6||6||0||0||100.00|
|Vihara Sewwandi||run out (Ayanda Hlubi)||1||1||0||0||100.00|
|Umaya Rathnayake||not out||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Rashmi Nethranjali||not out||4||1||1||0||400.00|
|Extras||9 (b 0 , lb 4 , nb 0, w 5, pen 0)|
|Total||133/8 (20 Overs, RR: 6.65)|