South Africa Women Claim T20 Series

Mignon du Preez
Mignon du Preez played a match-winning knock for South Africa against Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI
©International Cricket Council

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.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

24th October: 1st ODI, Potchefstroom
RSA 139-3 beat SRI 136 by 7 wickets
26th October: 2nd ODI, Potchefstroom
RSA 274-3 beat SRI 207-8 by 67 runs
28th October: 3rd ODI, Potchefstroom
SRI 164 v RSA 2-0 - no result, rain
31st October: 1st T20I, Potchefstroom
RSA 123-3 beat SRI 119-4 by 7 wickets
2nd November: 2nd T20I, Potchefstroom
SRI 138-5 beat RSA 118-8 by 20 runs