Australia Women 116-4 (Perry 41no) beat
South Africa Women 115-9 by six wickets
ICC Women's World Twenty20 Group A, Sylhet
Group A Table (updated following this game)
Reigning champions Australia survived a huge scare to beat South Africa and claim their first victory of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Sylhet.
After South Africa had smashed 19 from the final over of their innings to reach a score of 115 for nine, Australia were struggling when they were reduced to 34 for three and 56 for four in reply.
However, Ellyse Perry led them home with eight balls to spare by hitting an unbeaten 41 in 29 balls, leaving both teams with the same record of having won and lost a game apiece so far in the tournament.
South Africa made the worst possible start to the game when Lizelle Lee was caught by Jess Cameron off Rene Farrell from the very first ball.
Dane van Niekerk (12), Trisha Chetty (30), Mignon du Preez (14) and Marizanne Kapp (20) then helped them recover although Australia kept the run scoring in check with regular wickets.
Farrell would finish with two for 19, Erin Osborne two for 20 and Julie Hunter two for 13 while Jess Jonassen took one for 30.
However, there was a sting in the tail from South Africa as Suné Luus hit 19 not out in seven balls with three fours and a six, and 19 runs coming from the final over hauled South Africa past the 100-run mark and up to a score which they almost defended.
Shabnim Ismail also hit 13 in 10 balls as South Africa finished their innings strongly.
Like South Africa, one of Australia's openers - Alyssa Healy - also fell to a golden duck when she was run out by Sunette Loubser.
Ismail then bowled Meg Lanning for six , Loubser struck to bowl Delissa Kimmince for 17 and when Alex Blackwell was run out by Kapp for 24, Australia were under pressure and needing more than a run per ball to get home.
Fortunately for them, Perry held her nerve, hitting six fours during her innings and putting on an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 60 with Cameron, who was unbeaten on 27 in 24 deliveries.
Both Australia and South Africa now trail New Zealand, who have made the perfect start to Group A with two wins out of two.
Australia play Ireland on Thursday (27th March) and South Africa are in action again when they meet Ireland two days afterwards.
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