Sri Lanka Women tour of South Africa 2024 – Series Digest


Laura Wolvaardt (102 off 63 bals) smashed her first century in T20Is as South Africa crushed Sri Lanka by 79 runs in the opening game of the three-match series at Willowmoore Park, Benoni on Wednesday (March 27). Put into bat on a good batting surface, South Africa’s innings hit top gear from the outset. Tazbin Brits’ stay at the crease was brief but Marizanne Kapp (60 off 40 balls) along with Wolvaardt stitched a rollicking 116-run stand that came off just 79 deliveries. The South African captain continued her recently-acquired avatar of the aggressor as she took apart the Lankan bowling that lacked penetration.

Wolvaardt struck 12 fours and three sixes in her emphatic knock, overshadowing Kapp’s power game as the duo put the visitors to the sword. In the process, South Africa also registered their second highest team total in the format. Chasing a mammoth target of 199, Sri Lanka understandably needed their biggest matchwinner in skipper Chamari Athapaththu to come good but the opener fell to Kapp in the first over of the chase to virtually kill any minor chance that the Lankans might have had.

Harshitha Samarawickrama (38 off 33) and Hasini Perera (30 off 18) produced some crisp strokes but the target was well beyond their reach. With a big total to defend, South Africa’s bowlers kept the pressure up on Sri Lanka’s batters who caved in rather meekly to make it a one-sided contest.

Brief scores: South Africa198/5 in 20 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 102, Marizanne Kapp 60; Achini Kulasuriya 2-39) beat Sri Lanka 119 in 18.2 overs (Harshitha Samarawickrama 38, Hasini Perera 30; Annerie Dercksen 2-15, Tumi Sekhukhune 2-25) by 79 runs

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