Australia Survive Scare To Beat South Africa

Jess Cameron hits out for Australia
Jess Cameron helped Australia home with an unbeaten 27
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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)

New Zealand 2 2 0 +1.225 4
South Africa 2 1 1 +0.872 2
Australia 2 1 1 -0.054 2
Ireland 1 0 1 -2.1 0
Pakistan 1 0 1 -2.2 0

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.

Coverage in association with Clarus XC

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Group A: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa

Group B: Bangladesh, England, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies

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