South Africa Women Claim T20 Series
South Africa Women 111-5 (du Preez 43no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 109-6 by five wickets
Third Twenty20 International, Potchefstroom
South Africa Women recovered from a position of 46 for five to win the third and final Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka Women by five wickets in Potchefstroom.
They were set 110 to win after Sri Lanka reached 109 for six but thanks to an unbroken partnership of 65 between Sunette Loubser (37 not out) and captain Mignon du Preez (43 not out) they were able to seal a 2-1 series win in the 19th over of their reply.
Sri Lanka had also found themselves in trouble during their innings when they collapsed to 13 for three and 34 for five.
Shashikala Siriwardene (25), Sripali Weerakkody (17) and Eshani Lokusiruyia (50 in 34 balls) then got them to a competitive score.
The wickets were shared among the South African bowlers - Loubser, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp and Moseline Daniels taking one apiece.
The Proteas then lost openers Liselle Lee (0) and Trisha Chetty (13) to Maduri Samuddika and Siriwardene respectively before Siriwardene struck three times to remove Kapp (7), Dane van Niekerk (6) and Chloe Tryon (1) to leave the home side in big trouble.
However, Loubser and du Preez came together and turned the match in South Africa's favour. The former hit 43 in 41 balls with five fours with du Preez contributing 37 in 30 balls with a four and two sixes.
Their 65-run partnership ensured that the winning runs, struck by du Preez, were hit with 10 balls to spare.
South Africa also won the three-match One-Day International series 3-0.
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