The Proteas got their 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 campaign off to a winning start when they beat Sri Lanka by an emphatic seven wickets at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia on Monday.
Chimara Atapattu and her charges were restricted to 99/8 at the end of their allotted overs after South Africa won the toss and elected to field first. Shashikala Siriwardene (21) and wicketkeeper Dilani Surangika (20) were the only batters to reach 20 runs or more.
Shabnim Ismail was the pick of the bowlers, returning outstanding figures of 3/10 at the end of her four-over spell. She and Marizanne Kapp (1/13) performed an opening bowling master class as they took a combined four wickets for 23 runs, bowling 37 dot balls while they were at it in their eight overs.
The rest of the attack returned a scalp each, captain Dané van Niekerk the most economical with her 1/7 in three. The bowlers will be disappointed by the 24 runs in extras conceded as they look to make quick improvements ahead of their next match against defending champions and hosts, West Indies on Wednesday.
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