Sunday 23 March 2014 

Openers Set Up South Africa Victory

Dane van Niekerk, Lizelle Lee
Dane van Niekerk (left) and Lizelle Lee batted through the innings as South Africa scored 163 without loss
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South Africa Women 163-0 (van Niekerk 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 119-9 (Kapp 3-16) by 44 runs
ICC Women's World T20 2014 Group A, Sylhet

South African openers Dane van Niekerk and Lizelle Lee put on an unbroken 163-run partnership to set up a 44-run win over Pakistan in their ICC Women's World Twenty20 clash in Sylhet.

The pair batted through South Africa's entire 20 overs and their bowlers then followed up by restricting Pakistan to 119 for nine in reply.

It was a dominant performance from the Proteas and just their third ever win at the ICC World Twenty20.

Attacking from the start, van Niekerk led the way with 90 not out in 66 balls, hitting 13 fours and a six while Lee struke 67 in 55 deliveries including eight fours and a six.

Pakistan captain Sana Mir turned to six bowlers with no avail and only Sumaiya Siddiqui (0-21) conceded less than six runs an over.

Mir herself leaked 35 in three overs and Qanita Jalil (0-27 in three) also came in for some heavy punishment.

Pakistan attempted to force the pace during their run chase but could never find the sort of fluency that had characterised South Africa's innings.

Nida Dar made 32 in 26 balls and Nain Abidi 28 in 33 but they quickly lost wickets, losing momentum and finding themselves unable to accelerate to get back into the game.

Marizanne Kapp (3-16), Shabnim Ismail (2-20), Suné Luus (2-18) and Sunette Loubser (1-23) all took wickets while Mignon du Preez ran out Nahida Khan.

© Cricket World 2014

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Fixtures & Results
23rd March: Australia v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 128-8 (Perkins 31) beat
Australia Women 121 (Blackwell 31) by 7 runs
23rd March: Pakistan v South Africa
South Africa Women 163-0 (van Niekerk 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 119-9 (Kapp 3-16) by 44 runs
24th March: England v West Indies
West Indies Women 133-7 (Taylor 56) beat
England Women 124-9 (Dottin 4-12) by 9 runs
24th March: India v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Women 128-8 (Atapattu 43) beat
India Women 106-9 (Prabodhani 2-9) by 22 runs
25th March: Ireland v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 171-3 (Bates 68) beat
Ireland Women 129-4 (C Joyce 41no) by 41 runs
25th March: Australia v South Africa
Australia Women 116-4 (Perry 41no) beat
South Africa Women 115-9 by six wickets
26th March: Bangladesh v West Indies
West Indies Women 115 (Dottin 34) beat
Bangladesh Women 79 (Quintyne 3-5) by 36 runs
26th March: England v India
England Women 98-5 (Taylor 28) beat
India Women 95-9 (Raj 57) by five wickets
27th March: Australia v Ireland
Australia Women 191-4 (Lanning 126) beat
Ireland Women 113-7 (Perry 2-17) by 78 runs
27th March: New Zealand v Pakistan
New Zealand Women 167-3 (Bates 94no) beat
Pakistan Women 108-7 by 59 runs
28th March: Bangladesh v England
England Women 137-5 (Edwards 80) beat
Bangladesh Women 58-9 (Hazell 3-4) by 79 runs
28th March: Sri Lanka v West Indies
West Indies Women 87-2 (Taylor 56no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 84 (Daley 4-15) by 8 wickets
29th March: Ireland v South Africa
South Africa Women 165-5 (Lee 43) beat
Ireland Women 79 (Ismail 3-5) by 86 runs
29th March: Australia v Pakistan
Australia Women 185-2 (Villani 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 91-9 (Perry 3-12) by 94 runs
30th March: Bangladesh v India
India Women 151-4 (Kaur 77, Raj 41) beat
Bangladesh Women 72-8 by 79 runs
30th March: England v Sri Lanka
England Women 86-3 (Taylor 36) beat
Sri Lanka Women 85-9 by seven wickets
31st March: Ireland v Pakistan
Pakistan Women 119-6 (Bismah Maroof 48no) beat
Ireland Women 105 (A Iqbal 3-18) by 14 runs
31st March: New Zealand v South Africa
South Africa Women 116-5 (du Preez 51) beat
New Zealand Women 114-9 by 5 wickets
1st April: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Bangladesh Women 115-9 (R Ahmed 41) beat
Sri Lanka Women 112-9 by three runs
1st April: India v West Indies
India Women 121-1 (Raut 56, Raj 55no) beat
West Indies 117-7 (Dottin 57) by nine wickets
3rd April: Semi-Final
Australia Women 140-5 (Villani 35) beat
West Indies Women 132-4 by 8 runs
4th April: Semi-Final
England Women 102-1 (Taylor 44no) beat
South Africa Women 101 by nine wickets
6th April: Final - Australia v England
Australia Women 106-4 (Lanning 44) beat
England Women 105-8 (Coyte 3-16) by 6 wickets