South Africa Win Opener By 53 Runs

Marizanne Kapp
Marizanne Kapp top scored for South Africa with 89
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South Africa Women 225-8 (Kapp 89, Lee 72) beat
Sri Lanka Women 172-9 by 53 runs
First One-Day International, Colombo

South Africa Women beat Sri Lanka Women by 53 runs in the first One-Day International in Colombo, scoring their first ICC Women's Championship points in the process.

Batting first, the tourists posted 225 for eight and then restricted Sri Lanka to 172 for nine in reply.

Opener Lizelle Lee hit 72 for South Africa, helping them recover from 17 for two early on before Marizanne Kapp hit 89 in 90 balls.

Sri Lanka then lost a wicket from the first ball of the run chase and were in even more trouble at six for two in the fifth over.

And despite a valiant Eshani Kaushalya half-century, scoring 59 in 55 balls, the home side closed well short.

South Africa and Sri Lanka are the last two teams to begin their ICC Women's Championship campaigns as the road to the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup gets underway.

The second game in the series is on Friday (17th October).

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