Sri Lanka rode on a half-century from opener Chamari Atapattu and a disciplined bowling performance to defeat South Africa by 10 runs in a women's World Twenty20 Group A clash at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday (March 28).
Choosing to bat first on winning the toss, the Sri Lanka women were restricted to a lowish total of 114 for 7 in their 20 overs. The South African bowlers put in quite an economical effort overall with Marizanne Kapp (2 for 17) and Suné Luus (2 for 20) the most successful among them.
Chamari was the only Lankan who was able to tackle the South African bowling. The right-hander anchored the innings with a superb knock of 52 runs off 49 deliveries which contained five boundaries and a six.
Prasadani Weerakkody (15) and Eshani Lokusuriyage (12 n.o.) were the only other Lankans to reach double figures.
The South African chase was off to a steady start with openers Dane van Niekerk (24 off 31) and Trisha Chetty (26 off 25) putting 50 runs on the board in nine overs.
But Dane's dismissal in the 10th over triggered a batting collapse and the South Africans could only manage 104 for 7 in 20 overs.
Left-arm pacer Udeshika Prabodhani (2 for 13) and left-arm spinner Sugandika Kumari (2 for 24) picked up a couple of wickets each while Chamari (1 for 12) and Eshani Lokusuriyage (1 for 16) were also quite economical.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka: 114 for 7 in 20 overs (Chamari Atapattu 52; Marizanne Kapp 2 for 17), Suné Luus 2 for 20) vs South Africa 104 for 7 in 20 overs (Trisha Chetty 26, Dane van Niekerk 24; Udeshika Prabodhani 2 for 13, Sugandika Kumari 2 for 24)