Women's World T20 2018: Sri Lanka, West Indies Clinch Win to Stay Alive

Women's World T20 2018: Sri Lanka, West Indies Clinch Win to Stay Alive

Day Six of the Women’s World T20 saw Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh and West Indies clinch victory over South Africa. Both matches in Group A were low key affairs, with ball dominating bat, and neither produced a close contest, which will be a disappointment to tournament organisers.

In the first match Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 25 runs in a low scoring game in St. Lucia. Put into bat, Sri Lanka struggled to score, and were hugely reliant on their middle order to reach any semblance of a decent score with Sashikala Siriwardena top scoring with 31, which included a six and two fours. A late cameo by Nilakshi de Silva which included a six added some gloss to the score, but their final total of 97/7 should have been eminently gettable by the Bangladeshi women.

However, they never got over losing two wickets in the first over bowled by Udeshika Prabodni, and, despite 20 from Nigar Sultana Joty, they never mounted a sustained challenge. The last woman to fall was Rita Moni and, had it not been for her late contribution, the Bangladesh total would have been even less than the paltry 76 all out that they managed.

West Indies meanwhile assumed leadership in the Women’s World T20 Group A from England with a 31 run victory over South Africa in Gros Islet. Put into bat, the West Indies were struggling at 29/4 in the eighth over, but Kydia Knight and Natasha McLean compiled a 5th wicket partnership of 45, and, after McLean departed for 28, Knight batted until the penultimate over until she fell for 32. Together the pair helped guide their side to 107 -7, which, on the face of it, was not a tough target for the Proteas to chase. For South Africa, Shabnim Ismail took 3 for 12, whilst Dane van Niekerk finished with 2 for 8.

Despite the early loss of opener Laura Wolvardt, South Africa were well-placed in their reply at 48 -1, with Lizelle Lee and Marianne Kapp at the crease. However, when Lee fell in the 11th over for 24, that precipitated a collapse, and the last 9 wickets fell for just 28 runs. Kapp scored 26, but all the other batsmen failed, although their cause was not helped by no fewer than 3 run-outs. West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor claimed a career-best 4 for 12, as the tourists were bowled out for just 76.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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