South Africa v Sri Lanka, Women's World Cup 2013, Cuttack February 13, 2013

Massive win for South Africa

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South Africa 227 for 8 (Fritz 64, Brits 52, Seneviratna 3-44) beat Sri Lanka 117 (Atapattu 63, van Niekerk 4-18) by 110 runs

Sri Lanka continued their inconsistent run in this World Cup, losing to South Africa by a massive 110-run margin in their last Super Six game in Cuttack on Wednesday. Set a target of 228 for victory, Sri Lanka folded for a paltry 117 with just two batsmen reaching double-figure scores. Sri Lanka will play South Africa again on Friday for fifth place.

Opener Chamari Atapattu scored 63 of her team's 117 runs, the only batsman to offer any resistance to the South African bowling that was led by legspinner Dane van Niekerk. Atapattu's 61-run, fourth-wicket partnership with Sandamali Dolawatte took Sri Lanka past 100 and the duo looked good to build a platform for Sri Lanka's chase. However, Atapattu's run-out triggered a batting collapse as Sri Lanka lost six wickets for 13 runs.

Earlier, South Africa, who were put in to bat, recovered from a top-order stutter to score 224 runs. Sri Lanka dismissed openers Yolandi Potgieter and Trisha Chetty for 24 runs before the middle order, led captain Mignon du Preez, steadied the innings. Cri-zelda Brits and Shandre Fritz added 70 runs for the fourth wicket, while Fritz added another 71 runs with van Niekerk. Medium pacer Chamani Seneviratne took three wickets for Sri Lanka.

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  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    I guess lack of mental strength is the reason that why SL girls lost recent games.

  • Mihil on February 14, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    we don't have a good bowling attack!! we can't rely on Spinners every day. And Our batsmen could use some experience..

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    I really cannot fathom the performance of the Lanka team. They beat the champs in the very first game crash to WI and then crush India and in super six get crushed in all three games. Surely something is missing in the puzzle. After all English are better than SA, Kiwis and even keel with Kangaroos. So what went wrong. It is my perception that it has nothing to do with cricket but something with the mind set. Gone was the assurance with which they played the group matches. What has plagued their minds? Also the management I believe tried to ride on group success without strategy, not doing SWOT for each game, doing the strategic and tactical plans etc. Kaushalya who destroyed opposition in group games was hardly visible. The management must learn to nurture the stars and wild cats who are the exception to the rule. I believe both men and women teams need management who can plan strategy, work on the inside out process and not just outside in process and build the influence.

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Atleast we reached the Super Sixes, a great effort. India with 1 billion people couldn't manage that..

  • Madu on February 13, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    @SK5983.I think ur still upset that india cudnt make it to the super 6s bcoz of the SL ladies.And they were never 'big talking'.They were just happy with their progress and so was the nation.SL fans always support their teams no matter what happens.U shud learn to acknowledge other teams' achievements also.All the best to our ladies and keep aiming higher.BTW,congrats to the windy ladies for reaching the finals.JAYA SRI.

  • Sachin on February 13, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    SL crashed outside the world without winning single match in super six, actually they only come here on there luck, but in super sixes there luck eluded and big talking SL girls were simply outplayed.

  • gurinder on February 13, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    good win for sa . i thought sl fans were hoping for repeat of 1996 wc win, they must be devasted by this loss , hope sl team prepare better next time

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Good for Dane van Niekerk. Can she get to Newlands in time for the test tomorrow?

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