Only pride at stake as Sri Lanka take on South Africa – Cricbuzz

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Languishing in the middle of the points table, both Sri Lanka and South Africa will be fighting for a consolation win when the two teams clash in their last league game of the 2016 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Monday (March 28).

South Africa’s 7-wicket loss to New Zealand on Saturday not only knocked them out of contention for a berth in the semfinals, but also cleared the path for Australia, rendering their final group match against Sri Lanka a dead rubber. Pride will be at stake for both the teams who have a solitary win from their three games so far, against minnows Ireland.

Sri Lanka were jolted by the hamstring injury to their captain Shashikala Siriwardene which threw their campaign off track. The batters stepped up after a disappointing bilateral series against India in the lead up to the tournament but the performances in the bowling and the fielding department dropped considerably making them an inconsistent bunch on the field.

Unlike Sri Lanka, the batting, especially the middle-order, let South Africa down. Despite giving top-class teams like West Indies and England a run for their money in the lead up to the tournament, South Africa failed to carry forward that consistent form and momentum which resulted in a rather unsatisfactory campaign and an early exit.

However, ahead of their final match this World T20, both the captains have asserted that they want to finish the tournament on a high. While experience gives the South African unit an upper hand, they would be vary of Sri Lanka’s ability to stage remarkable upsets as seen in the previous editions.

When: South African Women vs Sri Lanka Women, Group A – March 28 at 15:30 IST
Where: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
What to expect: A high of 36 degrees in the afternoon, otherwise clear skies with no prediction of rain

Team News

Sri Lanka: There is no news of an injury in the Sri Lankan camp. Captain Chamari Atapattu twisted her foot during one of the fielding drills on the eve of the game but brushed aside any concerns.

South Africa: Having played a game on Saturday, the South African team skipped their practice session.

What they said

“Our batters did very well in the powerplay overs. We’ve scored about a 120 runs on an average, which is a positive sign for us. We’ve lost quite a lot of wickets in death, and that is something we want to improve on. There were lot of fielding errors and bowling lapses too, which we need to work on,” Sri Lanka’s stand-in skipper Chamari Atapattu on lessons learnt from their World T20 campaign

“Our biggest area of concern has been playing good cricket in patches and not being as consistent as we would have liked. I don’t think it is about the skills, it more about our execution and maybe little better planning. So, that is one of areas we need to focus on a lot. Then, I don’t think we fielded well enough. Our bowlers have done pretty well to try and defend the low totals. I’d like to think it is one of the best bowling units in the world but it is not going to be easy if there are not enough runs on the board,” Mignon du Preez, South African captain, on her team’s shortcomings this season

Did you know?

South Africa lead Sri Lanka 5-2 head-to-head in T20Is. Their only meeting in a World T20 was at Galle in 2012, when South Africa romped home by 6 wickets

Sri Lanka have lost ten out of their last 11 T20Is. South Africa have a 5-6 win-loss record in theirs with no two consecutive wins or losses

The 75-run partnership for the second wicket between Chamari Atapattu and Dilani Mandori in Sri Lanka’s last match against Australia is their highest for any wicket in T20Is

Sune Luus of South Africa Women has taken the only five wicket haul of this World T20 5 for 8 against Ireland. It is also the only five-for by a South African player in Women’s T20Is


Sri Lanka: Nilakshi de Silva, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusuriyage, Harshitha Madavi, Udeshika Prabodhani, Inoka Ranaweera, Prasadani Weerakkody, Chamari Atapattu (C),Nipuni Hansika, Hansima Karunaratne, Sugandika Kumari, Yasoda Mendis, Oshadi Ranasinghe,Dilani Manodara, Anushka Sanjeewani

South Africa: Mignon du Preez (C), Moseline Daniels, Yolani Fourie, Marizanne Kapp, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus,Dane van Niekerk, Trisha Chetty, Dinesha Devnarain, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka,Masabata Klaas, Marcia Letsoalo, Chloe Tryon, Odine Kirsten

Only pride at stake as Sri Lanka take on South Africa – Cricbuzz