Centurion - The Proteas women secured a comfortable 39-run victory over
Sri Lanka to secure a series whitewash in their third and final T20
international fixture at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.
After being put in to bat first, the unchanged South African
side posted a hefty 163/5 at the end of their innings thanks to knocks of 38,
36 and 35 from captain Dané van Niekerk, Tazmin Brits and Lara Goodall,
Player of the match, Suné Luus posted 26 runs from 15
deliveries and took one wicket to help their side to their third consecutive
Nineteen year-old Nadine de Klerk was the pick of the
bowlers, returning figures of 3/27 in her four-over spell on a day that saw her
take her maiden T20 international wicket. She began with the big scalp of
Hasini Perera for 13 in the eighth over, followed by two in a row - Imalka
Mendis and Nilakshi de Silva for six and zero, respectively.
Sri Lanka were eventually restricted to 124/8, Shabnim
Ismail showing her class and returning figures of 2/11 in her four overs. The
second wicket falling off the final delivery of the match to remove Kavisha
Dilhari for nine.
The tour moves to Potchefstroom where the teams will meet in
a three-match One-Day International series starting this Monday, February 11.
South Africa will look to take their momentum into the next series as they
continue their mission to qualify for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup.
While the ODI series will not be televised, regular updates
will be available via the Cricket South Africa platforms on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cricketsouthafrica)
and Twitter (www.twitter.com/officialcsa).
South Africa squad:
Dané van Niekerk (captain,
Eastern Province), Tazmin Brits (North West), Sune Luus (Northerns), Lara
Goodall (Western Province), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern
Province), Saarah Smith (Western Province), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Faye
Tunnicliffe (wicket-keeper, Boland), Masabata Klaas (North West), Nadine de