Momentum Proteas beat Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup Warm Up

by | Feb 16, 2020

The Momentum Proteas beat Sri Lanka by 41 runs in a T20 World Cup warm up match in Adelaide today.

Sri Lanka won the toss and put South Africa in to bat. It was the worst start possible for the Proteas with both openers, Lizelle Lee and captain Dane van Niekerk out without scoring.

The seasoned pair of Marizanne Kapp and Mignon du Preez put on 50 for third wicket before du Preez was dismissed for 28 off 27 deliveries including three fours.

Two overs later, Kapp departed for a run a ball 44 with three fours and one six to leave South Africa on 80/4 with six overs left.

Laura Wolvaardt and Sune Luus then got together and tried to build momentum but when Luus was dismissed for 7 with the score on 102/5 in the 18th over, it looked like SA were heading for a sub par score.

Up stepped big hitting Chloe Tryon and together with Wolvaardt, smashed three sixes and four fours off the remaining deliveries to take SA to a competitive 146/5 in their allotted 20 overs.

Wolvaardt played an impressive hand, scoring 38 off 24 balls including five fours and one six while Tryon was belligerent, striking the ball at 255.55 to finish on 23 off 9 balls with one four and two sixes.

Udeshika Prabodhani was the top bowler for Sri Lanka with 2/8 from four overs while Chamari Atapattu took 2/28.

With runs on the board, South Africa would have been bullish about defending the total and the bowlers did not disappoint.

Sune Luus starred with the ball, bagging 4/20 in her four overs, as Sri Lanka lost wickets regularly and eventually ended their innings on 105/8 to hand South Africa victory. Nonkululeko Mlaba, Ayabonga Khaka and Dane van Niekerk took a wicket a piece.

Ama Kanchana top scored for Sri Lanka with 24 off 15 deliveries.

South Africa have a final warm up match on Tuesday before playing England in their opening T20 World Cup match on Sunday, 23 February.

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