Proteas beat hosts in women's opener
Hosts Sri Lanka lost the opening game of the Women’s World Twenty20 to South Africa by six wickets.
Shashikala Siriwardene’s side were dismissed for 79 in 20 overs and Trisha Chetty’s 33 aided victory with 16 balls to spare at Galle where all the women’s group matches are being held.
The Proteas capitalised on winning the toss as two wickets each for Susan Benade and Dane van Niekerk plus two run-outs left Sri Lanka 34 for six in the 12th over.
Dilani Manodara and Chamani Seneviratna responded by adding 31 for the seventh wicket, with 24 and 14 respectively, but the last four wickets fell for 14 runs and included three run-outs. Benade returned 2-7 and van Niekerk 2-9, both from four overs.
Chetty and opening partner Shandre Fritz smoothly put on 29 until Inoka Ranaweera bowled the latter for 14. Although Benade and captain Mignon du Preez fell cheaply, Chetty took South Africa within 10 of their target before becoming Ranaweera’s second victim. Van Niekerk’s unbeaten 15 cemented the win.
In today’s other match, also in Group B, Deandra Dottin’s rapid 58 not out saw West Indies to a seven-wicket defeat of New Zealand with 12 deliveries left.
Dottin came to the crease with the Windies five for two in pursuit of 118 and shared a restorative stand of 82 with opener Stafanie Taylor before being joined by skipper Merissa Aguilleira.
Erin Bermingham had snared Tremayne Smartt and Shanel Daley for ducks to boost the White Ferns, but Taylor held firm until Sophie Devine trapped her lbw for 35. Dottin’s 42-ball innings, including six fours and two sixes, proved decisive.
Having been put in, the Proteas began well through cameos from Amy Satterthwaite and Sophie Devine while captain Suzie Bates compiled a steady 32 from the top of the order.
However, from 66 for two in 11th over they could make only 117 for nine as the trio of Taylor, Anisa Mohammed and Shemaine Campbelle each struck twice.