All-Round South Africa Clinch ODI Series Victory
South Africa 274-3 (du Preez 79no) beat
Sri Lanka 207-8 (Ismail 3-34) by 67 runs
Second One-Day International, Potchefstroom
South Africa Women secured the ODI series over Sri Lanka Women with a match still to play as they triumphed comfortably by 67 runs in Potchefstroom.
A strong performance from their top-order led them to an imposing 274 for three from their 50 overs after they had been asked to bat. Three of their batters - Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez and Marizanne Kapp - passed 50. By contrast, only one Sri Lankan reached 50, their captain Shashikala Siriwardene, as they were restricted to 207 for eight by some disciplined Proteas bowling. Shabnim Ismail and Sunette Lobser took three wickets apiece.
South Africa were in control of the match right from the start as openers Lizelle Lee and Trisha Chetty added 72 in 18 overs. Chetty was trapped in front by Siriwardene’s off-spin when on 37, but Lee found further support from her captain Mignon du Preez.
The pair put on a further 69 in 63 balls before Lee became Siriwardene’s second victim not long after reaching her third half-century in just five games. She had brought up her fifty off 86 balls and hit three sixes in all, with du Preez bringing up her fifty a little later off 72 balls.
Du Preez and Kapp almost doubled their side’s total during a third-wicket partnership of 123 in fewer than 20 overs. Kapp scored at over a run a ball in making 72 off 67 balls and was only dismissed shortly before the end by Sripali Weerakkody. Du Preez ended not out on 79 off 87 balls and was named player of the match.
Sri Lanka’s run chase was hit by the loss of both openers in Shabnim Ismail’s third over. Chamari Atapattu was first to go with the score on 21, with Yasoda Mendis following four balls later for 16. Weerakkody laboured in making 10 off 33 balls before becoming third woman dismissed, with Lasanthi Madushani retiring hurt the following over to make it effectively 53 for four.
Siriwardene and Chamani Seneviratna (40 off 69 balls) helped add some respectability to the total with a fourth-wicket stand of 95. However, it was always likely to be in vain with the required run rate climbing. Siriwardene completed her half-century off 69 balls but became a third wicket for Ismail (3-34) without adding too many more.
Wicket-keeper Dilani Manodara chipped in with an unbeaten 24, but Loubser helped wrap up the tail by dismissing Maduri Samuddika (9), debutant Niluka Karunaratne (13) and Udeshika Pradbodhani (0) en route to figures of three for 51.
Besides Loubser and Ismail, the other wicket-takers for the hosts were Marizanne Kapp (1-42) and Marcia Letsoalo (1-19).
The final ODI will take place on Monday, with the first of three Twenty20 Internationals then following three days later.
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