Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 SA-W vs SL-W: Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 3 runs

The host South Africa team has faced defeat in the very first match (SA-W vs SL-W) of the Women’s T20 World Cup. In this exciting match, they were defeated by the Sri Lankan team by 3 runs.

Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 SA-W vs SL-W: Match Highlights

The Women’s T20 World Cup started today in Cape Town, South Africa. The first match of this World Cup started today at the Newlands Stadium between the women’s teams of South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Today South Africa captain Russia won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Batting first, the Sri Lankan team scored 129 runs at the loss of five wickets, Sri Lankan captain Chamari Atapattu scored a brilliant century and scored 68 runs.

Chasing a target of 130 runs, none of the Northern South African team’s batters could not play a big innings and the South African team was 3 runs behind with an exciting finish. The South African team could only manage 126 runs for nine wickets in 20 overs.

SA-W vs SL-W: Player of the Match

Sri Lankan captain Chamari Atapattu was selected for the man of the match award for his brilliant batting. He played an inning of 68 runs in just 50 balls with the help of 12 fours.

SA-W vs SL-W: Full Match Highlights

SA-W vs SL-W: Sri Lanka Batting

Sri Lanka got off to bat first and got off to a good start. Opening batsman Harishita Madavi and captain Chamari Athapaththu did not allow the team to lose any wickets in the powerplay and playing with restraint, Sri Lanka scored only 24 runs in 6 overs of the powerplay.

SA-W vs SL-W: 1st Wicket- Their first wicket fell in the seventh over when Harshita Madavi was caught by ND Clarke on 28, she played an innings of 8 runs.

Vishmi Gunaratne, who came on the field after Madavi’s dismissal, scored quick runs with captain Atapattu and increased the team’s slow running rate rapidly.

Sri Lanka were 45 for 1 after 10 overs and Vishwami Gunaratne was batting on the field with captain Chamari Atapattu.

Sri Lanka got a boost in the 11th over when skipper Atapattu hit African bowler Ismail for three consecutive sixes. Similarly, Sri Lanka got 13 again in the 13th over. In this over, Gunaratne hit three consecutive fours and scored 13 runs.

SA-W vs SL-W: Attapattu’s Fifty- Captain Chamari Athapaththu completed his half-century in the 15th over. Batting fast, she completed her half-century in just 39 balls. She also hit nine brilliant fours in this half-century.

SA-W vs SL-W: 2nd Wicket- Vishmi Gunaratne was run out in the 18th over trying to take a quick single. She played a York ball from Marizanne Kapp towards point and ran, but was run out by a direct throw from Tazmin Brits. Gunaratne scored a brilliant 35 off 34 balls with the help of four fours.

Both the batters batted fast together and put the team in a strong position by sharing a partnership of 86 runs in just 63 balls.

SA-W vs SL-W: 3rd Wicket- Sri Lanka’s third wicket fell on the very next ball. Captain Atapattu pulled a slower short ball from Marizanne Kapp towards square leg, but could not control the shot and ND Clarke, standing at deep square leg, took a very beautiful catch, judging well.  Captain Atapattu scored 68 runs scoring a half century in just 50 balls. Atapattu also hit 12 brilliant fours in his innings.

SA-W vs SL-W: 4th Wicket- Sri Lanka’s fourth wicket fell in the form of Nilakshi de Silva, who was clean bowled by Shabnam Ismail. Nilakshi scored a total of 4 runs.

Sri Lanka scored 129 runs at the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs and set a target of 130 runs in front of South Africa.

SA-W vs SL-W: SA-W Bowling

For South Africa, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp and ND Clark took one wicket each.

SA-W vs SL-W: South Africa Batting

Chasing the target of 130 runs, South Africa got off to a good start. Both openers Tazmin Brits and Laura Wolvaardt took advantage of the power play to score quick runs and scored 28 runs in the first 4 overs.

South Africa’s first wicket fell in the fifth over.  Tazmin Brits was dismissed by O Ranasinghe on a individual score of 12 to get South Africa’s first wicket.

African batter played well in the powerplay South African batsmen lost only one wicket. In the first 6 overs, they scored 38 runs taking advantage of the powerplay.

South Africa’s second wicket fell in the eighth over as Marizanne Kapp was caught out by Lankan bowler Ranaweera. Kapp contributed 11 runs.

 Laura Wolvaardt was dismissed as the third wicket.  Ranaweera got her caught out in the 10th over. Laura contributed 18 runs.

 After 10 overs, South Africa’s score was 56 for the loss of 3 wickets.  South Africa had lost the wickets of their key players and now the African team was in a state of crisis.

Sugandhika Kumari got South Africa’s fourth wicket in the 13th over, dismissing Chloe Tryon. Tryon scored only 10 runs.

 Another wicket fell in the 13th over of South Africa. Anneka Bosch was dismissed for zero as the fifth wicket, she was clean bowled by Sugandhika.

 After 15 overs, the South Africa team’s score was 82 runs at the loss of 5 wickets. South Africa had lost five important wickets and now needed 45 more runs in 30 balls. Captain Luus was still on the wicket and his struggle continued.

 South Africa’s sixth wicket fell in the form of Andy Clerk in the 17th over. O Ranasinghe got her caught out by Nilakshi de Silva.

Captain Suni Luus also got out in the 19th over, he was dismissed by ranaweera. She was stumped by Ranaweera caught by wicket keeper Anushka Sanjeewani. Luus played a fighting innings of 28 runs.

 South African wicket-keeper batter Sinalo Jabta was also run out on the fifth ball of the same over, he was run out by Ranasinghe. Jafta added 15 runs in quick succession with the help of two fours.

 South Africa lost another wicket in the last over, Shabnim Ismail was run out by Sugandhika Kumari. She scored 7 runs.

South Africa’s team was able to score only 126 runs losing 9 wickets in 20 overs and lost the match by 3 runs.

SA-W vs SL-W: Sri Lanka Bowling

All the bowlers from Sri Lanka bowled well taking advantage of the pitch.  Inoka Ranaweera took three wickets, while O Ranasinghe and Sugandhika Kumari grabbed two wickets each.

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