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Van Niekerk Seals Series For South Africa

Dane van Nieker
Dane van Niekerk scored 70 not out for South Africa
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South Africa Women 136-1 (van Niekerk 70no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 132-6 by nine wickets
Third Twenty20 International, Colombo

Dane van Niekerk scored an unbeaten half-century as South Africa Women clinched a last-over nine-wicket over Sri Lanka Women in the decisive third Twenty20 International in Colombo.

Niekerk hit 70 not out as South Africa chased down a target of 133 by closing on 136 for one with a ball to spare.

Prasadani Weerakkody had earlier top scored for Sri Lanka with 48 in 45 balls as they posted 132 for six.

Marcia Letsaolo and Shabnim Ismail both took two wickets.

Van Niekerk, whose all-round performance inspired a seven-wicket win which levelled the series in the second game, then hit 70 not out and Trisha Chetty made 39 to help the South Africans claim a 2-1 series win.

Chetty helped van Niekerk add 94 for the first wicket before Lizelle Lee crashed 22 not out in 12 balls for the tourists.

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