Cape City: Captain Chamari Atapattu’s excellent batting helped Sri Lanka register an exciting three-run victory over hosts South Africa within the opening match of the ICC Girls’s T20 World Cup. Atapattu led from the entrance with a 50-ball 68 studded with 12 fours, the best rating by a batsman for Sri Lanka within the Girls’s World Cup.
South Africa had been set a goal of 130 runs to win however the Sri Lankan spinners restricted them to 126 for 9. That is Sri Lanka’s first win over South Africa in T20 cricket since 2016. Sri Lanka acquired off to a gradual begin, scoring 4 runs within the first three overs, however Atapattu took the strain off Nkunkululeko Emalaba by hitting successive fours. Opener Harshita Samarawickrama was trapped by Nadine de Klerk at mid-wicket.
From the opposite finish, Atapattu hit the identical bowler for 5 fours in 9 balls. Seventeen-year-old Vishmi Gunatne took time to settle however she supported the captain properly, scoring 35 runs in 34 balls. The duo added 86 runs for the second wicket, which is Sri Lanka’s highest partnership for any wicket within the T20 World Cup. The wickets of each, nonetheless, stored Sri Lanka’s run charge in test as they fell on consecutive balls.
Shabnam Ismail dismissed Nilakshi de Silva within the nineteenth over whereas Marianne Kapp conceded solely 5 runs within the final over.
In response, South Africa acquired off to begin. Opener Tajmin Brits was hit on the helmet by the fifth ball after which she needed to endure a concussion take a look at twice. Off-spinner Oshadi Ranasighe utilized the strain within the penultimate over of the powerplay with 4 dot balls and in addition took the wicket of Brits.
Kaap additionally fell sufferer to Inoka Ranveera within the eighth over after scoring 11 runs. Ranveera additionally despatched Laura Wolvaardt (18) to the pavilion. Half of South Africa’s workforce was within the pavilion at a rating of 72. South Africa fell brief by three runs within the final minute when Sinalo Jafta and Ismail had been run out.
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