Johannesburg – The South African women's cricket team suffered their first defeat against Sri Lanka, going down by 20 runs in the second Twenty20 (T20) international at Senwes Park Stadium in Potchefstroom on Saturday.
The Sri Lankan women levelled the series one-all after the Proteas enjoyed a 2-0 series win in the 50-over format.
“You can’t expect anything more than this on your birthday. It’s our first win in the series and I’m very happy,” Sri Lanka's coach Jeevantha Kulathunga said on his 40th birthday.
“It’s really good for the team to experience winning so that they can want to win even more. To be the best, you have to beat the best and now they know what it’s like.”
Sri Lanka posted a competitive 138/5 at the end of their innings after they were asked to bat first.
The top order finally showed signs of life, with Chamari Atapatthu (39) sharing a 71-run opening stand with Lasanthi Madushani (30).
Yasoda Mendis (22) and captain, Shashikala Siriwardena (30), added a 50 partnership for the third wicket to get to the competitive score.
Marizanne Kapp was the leading wicket taker with 3/18 in her four overs.
South Africa’s reply lacked aggression and only three batters could manage more than 20 runs.
Dané van Niekerk top-scored with 26 off 27 balls as the team were restricted to 118/8.
“It was a difficult loss for us today, Sri Lanka played really well and outplayed us,” Van Niekerk said.
“We know where we went wrong and we’re looking forward to correcting those mistakes and redeeming ourselves in the final.” – Sapa