South Africa v Sri Lanka, Women's World T20, Group A, Bangalore March 28, 2016

Atapattu, Prabodhani hold off SA Women

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Sri Lanka Women 114 for 7 (Atapattu 52, Kapp 2-17, Luus 2-20) beat South Africa Women 104 for 7 (Chetty 26, Prabodhani 2-13, Kumari 2-24) by 10 runs
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Chamari Atapattu profited from slog sweeps during her first T20 international fifty © IDI/Getty Images

Sri Lanka Women captain Chamari Atapattu willed and rallied her side to a 10-run victory over South Africa Women in Bangalore, in the last league match of the Women's World T20.

Atapattu first stroked her maiden T20 international fifty, which contained five fours and one six, even as her partners floundered. Atapattu then brought herself into the attack in the defence of 114 and her second over resulted in two wickets. She ran to her right from her follow through, collected a wristy push from Trisha Chetty and flung a throw to the keeper to catch Dane van Niekerk short for 24 off 31 balls. Three balls later, Atapattu pinned her opposite number Mignon du Preez plumb in front for a duck, a wicket the Sri Lanka captain identified as the "turning point" at the post match-presentation.

Left-arm spinner Sugandika Kumari and left-arm pacer Udeshika Prabodhani backed Atapattu to squeeze South Africa's middle order. From 50 for 0, South Africa slumped to 102 for 7. Du Preez said: "We had a good start and we lost it in the middle order. We have been struggling with it in the whole tournament. It was also poor execution from us. This is something we need to work on and come back stronger."

Prabodhani speared in full balls and defended 12 off the last over, including taking the wicket of Chloe Tryon for 11 off 10 balls. Though it was just a dead rubber, Sri Lanka toasted the win, and got into a huddle only after wicketkeeper-batsman Dilani Manodara had joined the team from the dug out; Prasadani Weerakkody had taken the gloves in the absence of Manodara.

Manodara was pinged on the grille of the helmet when she missed a scoop off her first ball. She scratched around for 4 off 9 balls, before she was bowled by seamer Marcia Letsoalo. Manodara was later sent to the hospital for a scan and it was found that she had no major injuries.

Sri Lanka's middle order folded as well and they managed only 34 for 4 in their last five overs. Atapattu, however, had lifted Sri Lanka with a bevy of muscled slog sweeps. She hit 52 off 49 balls before she was run out by Marizanna Kapp, who was featuring in her 50th T20 international. She picked up two wickets and was complemented by legspinner Suné Luus, who also scalped two wickets. But Attapattu's act would prove to be too much for South Africa.

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  • Mark on March 29, 2016, 20:00 GMT

    Sri Lanka on the improve but South Africa appear to have gone back a bit??

  •   Chaminda Wickremasuriya on March 29, 2016, 10:23 GMT

    Glad that you girls are making us proud. I think you are improving your game day by day while your male counterparts are made to take Cricket in Sri Lanka to woods.

  • Monoz on March 29, 2016, 8:31 GMT

    Chamari is better than Thirimana. SL should consider replacing him with her.

  • mohd on March 29, 2016, 5:26 GMT

    Congratulations Team Srilanka

  • Raman on March 29, 2016, 5:21 GMT

    Girls have done what the boys couldn't do. That is some solace for grim Sri Lankan fans,

  • Pradeep on March 29, 2016, 4:53 GMT

    You girls were just brilliant. Proud of the way the captain led from the front. Be careful there can be some selectors who would be eyeing to bring down the success you have achieved. Fast unto death if they tries to include Thirimanne, Shanaka Jayasuriya and Kapugedera Lol.

  • Danil on March 29, 2016, 3:52 GMT

    Well done ladies. Proud of you. Chamari you were great yesterday as our captain. You girls keep our flag flying high. Chamari you should give some batting lessons to Thirimanna and Kapugedara how to combat spin bowling. Well done again girls.

  • Lalith on March 29, 2016, 1:38 GMT

    Well done girls, your much more better than our men! Keep it up and enjoy the tournament. Good luck!

  • Aalee on March 28, 2016, 22:20 GMT

    Great result for the SL Ladies on global TV. Well done. Not sure about ICC's Ladies televised match choices. 13 Matches in the group stages were televised. India Ladies had all matches televised, Australia had three and even Cellar Dwellers Bangladesh had two beamed LIVE around the world. Group A leaders NZ, whose long suffering fans are furthest away, had only the one televised match . Go figure ?

  • Erantha on March 28, 2016, 21:34 GMT

    Great performance. Chamari and team well done, we are proud of you.

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