There were comfortable wins for South Africa Women and West Indies Women as the ICC Women's Twenty20 got underway in Galle today.
The South Africans bowled the home side Sri Lanka out for just 79 from their 20 overs in the first match in Group B, with Susan Benade and Dane van Niekerk taking two wickets each. Scorecard
The home side never got going in their innings after being put into bat as all of their top five batters failed to reach double figures, with only wicket-keeper Dilani Surangika (24 off 35 balls) and Chamani Seneviratna (14 off 15) achieving that milestone.
In reply, South Africa's opening pair of Shandre Fritz and Trisha Chetty put on 29 to ensure that Sri Lanka never stood a chance, with Chetty making 33 before being caught off Inoka Ranaweera with the score on 70 to be named player of the match.
In the second match, also in Group B, West Indies unexpectedly thrashed New Zealand by seven wickets with two overs to spare. Scorecard
The Black Caps' total of 117 for nine looked like being enough at one stage as Erin Bermingham took two early wickets, but Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin put on 82 off 67 balls for the third-wicket to set up the successful run chase. Dottin was the aggressor and ended on 58 not out off only 42 balls, hitting two sixes, while Taylor was out for 35 off 43 balls with the job almost done. Captain Merissa Aguilleira partnered Dottin through to the end and ended on 10 not out.
Earlier, Stafanie Taylor, Anisa Mohammed and Shemaine Campbelle had each taken a brace of wickets, while Shanel Daley (none for 17) bowled tidily after taking the new ball to restrict New Zealand. They got off to a good start courtesy of skipper Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite, reaching 63 for one in the 10th over, but the middle-order couldn't provide support for Bates, who was out for 32 off 34 balls in the 16th over, and they stumbled badly.
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