South Africa Hammer Ireland

Lizelle Lee, Dane van Niekerk
Lizelle Lee (right) top scored for South Africa as they thrashed Ireland
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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.

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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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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