Proteas Whip Sri Lanka for ODI Series Title

A clinical performance by the bowlers saw the Momentum Proteas women beat Sri Lanka by five wickets and win their four-match One-Day International (ODI) series, two-one after the second match was rained out.

(Click here to read the Cricinfo.com scorecard)

South Africa won the toss and elected to field, restricting the hosts to 137 all out 43.4 overs.

Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Yolani Fouri and Matshipi Marcia Letsoalo took 2/15, 2/17, 2/19 and 2/30 respectively to secure the meagre total, after Eshani Lokusuriyage (46) was the only one to score more than captain Chamari Atapattu’s 26 off 71 balls.

Proteas opening batsman/keeper Trisha Chetty celebrates reaching an eighth career half-century. Chetty was a mainstay in South Africa’s chase of the asking total, with four boundaries marking her innings of 59 runs, scored in 81 balls. Photo: Cricket SA on FacebookIn their reply, the Proteas’ wicket keeper and vice-captain, Trisha Chetty, along with Dané van Niekerk (29*) scored 59 off 81 balls, including four fours to lead their side to victory after several stops and starts that saw Lizell Lee (18), captain Mignon du Preez (12) and Kapp (11) depart cheaply.

The pair shared a 37-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Coach, Hilton Moreeng is delighted with the victory and is happy with the direction that the side is moving in.

“We’ve played really good cricket in Sri Lanka, with the exception of the last game that we lost,” he said. “The team have shown great intent and bouncebackability, and have put themselves on the line to achieve their objectives, and that makes me a proud coach.

“To win an ODI series in the subcontinent in conditions that we are not used to is a huge feat and one that we are proud of and will celebrate. Now we look forward to the T20 series and we hope to end this tour on an even higher note.”

The teams will meet in three T20 matches starting Thursday, 23 October at Colts Cricket Club in Colombo.

 

One-Day International (ODI) Series between Sri Lanka and South Africa:
15 Oct: Proteas beat Sri Lanka by 53 runs
17/18 Oct: No result (match abandoned for inclement weather)
19 Oct: Sri Lanka beat the Proteas by 4 wickets
21 Oct: Proteas beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets
 
Momentum Proteas Squad for the SA Women’s Tour of Sri Lanka, 2014/15:
Mignon du Preez
Bernadine Bezuidenhout
Trisha Chetty
Moseline Daniels
Yolani Fourie
Shabnim Ismail
Marizanne Kapp
Ayabonga Khaka
Lizelle Lee
Marcia Letsoalo
Nadine Moodley
Andrie Steyn
Chloe Tryon
Dane van Niekerk
 
Sri Lanka Squad:
Chamari Atapattu
Nilakshi de Silva
Ama Kanchana
Eshani Lokusuriyage
Chamari Polgampola
Sanduni Abeywickrema
Yasoda Mendis
Imalka Mendis
Hasini Perera
Udeshika Prabodhani
Inoka Ranaweera
Maduri Samuddika
Anushka Sanjeewani
Shashikala Siriwardene
Prasadani Weerakkody
Sripali Weerakkody
 

Photo 1 caption: The Momentum Proteas pictured before taking to the field in the final of four ODI’s against Sri Lanka. After winning the toss and electing to field first, SA bowled hosts Sri Lanka out for an underpar 138 before chasing down the total with 15 overs to spare, to win the 4-match ODI series 2-1. Photo: Cricket SA on Facebook

Photo 2 caption: Proteas opening batsman/keeper Trisha Chetty celebrates reaching an eighth career half-century. Chetty was a mainstay in South Africa’s chase of the asking total, with four boundaries marking her innings of 59 runs, scored in 81 balls. Photo: Cricket SA on Facebook

 

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