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by John Pennington Thursday 23 October 2014
Sri Lanka Women 101-7 (Siriwardene 28) beatSouth Africa Women 94-6 (Lee 41) by seven runsFirst Twenty20 International, Colombo
Sri Lanka Women won the first Twenty20 International against South Africa Women by seven runs after the match was reduced to 13 overs per side in Colombo.
Shashikala Siriwardene top scored for Sri Lanka with 28 as they posted 101 for seven from their 13 overs and South Africa managed 94 for six in reply.
Lizelle Lee's 41 had looked to be putting the tourists on course for victory only for them to lose three wickets in eight balls towards the end of their run chase.
Sri Lanka were able to close out victory with Eshani Kaushalya and Inoka Ranaweera claiming a brace of wickets apiece.
Siriwardene hit 28 in 25 balls, Chamari Atapattu 20 in 15, Kaushalya 13 in 13 and Hasini Perera 16 in 12, all making useful contributions for the home side.
Marizanne Kapp was the pick of the South African bowlers with two for 16 as Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka and Yolani Fourie, making her T20I debut, took one apiece.
South Africa lost openers Dane van Niekerk (15) and Trisha Chetty (7) before Lee's 41 in 30 balls, swung the game in their favour.
However, she fell, caught and bowled by Ranaweera to make the score 75 for three and the dismissals of Mignon du Preez (20), Kapp (2) and Chloe Tryon (2) saw Sri Lanka wrest back control.
Du Preez was run out, Kapp bowled by Siriwardene and Tryon caught by Ama Kanchana off Kaushalya.
The collapse from 85 for three to 89 for six left them needing 13 to win in five balls and Kaushalya prevented them from getting close.
The second game in the three-match series is on Saturday 25th October.
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