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by Alastair Symondson Tuesday 21 October 2014
South Africa Women 141-5 (Chetty 59) beatSri Lanka Women 137 by five wicketsFourth One-Day International, Colombo
South Africa Women beat Sri Lanka Women by five wickets in the fourth and final One-Day International in Colombo to seal a 2-1 series success.
Trisha Chetty top scored for South Africa with 59 as they reached 141 for five in 34.5 overs having earlier bowled Sri Lanka out for 137.
South Africa had won the opening match before Sri Lanka hit back to win the third after the second was abandoned due to bad weather.
Batting first, Sri Lanka struggled as Shabnim Ismail (2-15), Marizanne Kapp (2-17), Yolani Fourie (2-19) and Marcia Letsoalo (2-30) all took two wickets.
Eshani Kaushalya top scored with 46 after Chamari Atapattu had made 26 at the top of the order.
Faced with a modest target, South Africa made a good start, Lizelle Lee hitting 18 in as many balls as she and Chetty set up the run chase.
However, Sri Lanka fought back through Maduri Samuddhika (2-28) removing Lee and Andrie Steyn (3).
And when Inoka Ranaweera removed Mignon du Preez for 12 and Kapp for 11, a comeback might have been on the cards.
It was not to be the case, though, as Chetty combined with Dane van Niekerk, to take the tourists to within 11 runs of victory before falling to Ama Kanchana.
Van Niekerk then finished off the game with an unbeaten 29 in 54 balls.
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