South Africa Women 165-5 (Lee 43) beat
Ireland Women 79 (Ismail 3-5) by 86 runs
ICC Women's World T20 2014 Group A, Sylhet
South Africa Women beat Ireland Women by 86 runs to stay in the hunt for a semi-final place at the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Sylhet.
South Africa started and ended their innings well to post 165 for five, their second highest total in Twenty20 cricket.
Shabnim Ismail and Dane van Niekerk then took three wickets each as Ireland were dismissed for just 79 in 15.1 overs.
They were missing Cecelia Joyce, who was unable to bat, but were nevertheless outclassed.
Lizelle Lee made 43 in 40 balls and van Niekerk 25 in 35 at the top of the order to give South Africa a solid platform before Ireland fought back.
Isobel Joyce bowled Lee and Eimear Richardson had van Niekerk caught by Kate Mckenna before Mignon du Preez (14) and Marizanne Kapp (18) fell cheaply, to Amy Kenealy and Elena Tice respectively.
However, just when Ireland were looking set to restrict South Africa to a modest-looking score, they were blown away in the final overs.
Superb hitting from Chloe Tryon (35 not out in 12 balls) and Suné Luus (29 in 10) helped them add 63 runs in the last three overs - effectively putting the game beyond Ireland's reach.
Ismail then took the first of her three wickets when Clare Shillington was bowled for one before Mary Waldron (33), Joyce (15) and Melissa Scott-Hayward (14) began to challenge South Africa.
However, once van Niekerk removed Joyce and Marcia Letsoalo dismissed the other two, Ireland collapsed spectacularly, going from 56 for two to 79 all out in just 5.2 overs.
Ismail returned three for five, van Niekerk three for 10, Letsoalo two for 23 and Kapp one for eight as Tice (4), Jennifer Gray (6), Richardson (0), Louise McCarthy (5) and McKenna (0) all departed.
By engineering such a collapse, South Africa have given their net run-rate a huge boost, which could come into play should they manage to beat New Zealand in their final game - assuming Australia beat Pakistan later today.
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