The Momentum Proteas women recovered well from their loss against Australia at the ICC World Twenty20 when they beat Ireland by 86 runs at Sylhet in Bangladesh on Saturday. Bowlers Shabnim Ismail and Dané van Niekerk returned outstanding figures of 3/5 and 3/10 respectively to lead their side to a commanding win.
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The Proteas posted 165/5 at the end of their innings after winning the toss and opting to bat first. Openers, Lizelle Lee (43 off 40 balls) and van Niekerk (25 off 35 balls), provided a solid foundation with their 57-run partnership.
The Irish bowlers did well to stem the flow of runs, restricting Marizanne Kapp and Mignon du Preez to 18 and 14 respectively, but could do nothing to stop Chloe Tryon (35*) and Suné Luus’ (29*) unbeaten 63-run partnership to take their side to a strong finish.
In reply, Ireland could only manage 79 runs before they were bowled out at the start of the 16th over. Marcia Letsoalo claimed two more wickets to add to Ismail and Van Niekerk’s combined six, to put a stranglehold on Ireland for the win.
SA coach, Hilton Moreeng, was satisfied with the way the team performed. “It was wonderful to see such a good fight back from the team today,” he said.
“It’s always difficult to bounce back after a loss having played so well against a team like Australia. I’m very proud of their professionalism and character during this match, the batters did so well up front to set us up and our bowlers were just exceptional.”
South Africa will play their last Group A match against New Zealand on Monday, 31 March. They are back to third place on the log behind the White Ferns (New Zealand) in second in Group A’s log, led by Australia’s Southern Stars.
2014 ICC Women’s World T20 Results and Fixtures*: Sun 23 Mar: 1. Australia beat New Zealand by 7 runs (Group A) 2. South Africa beat Pakistan by 44 runs (Group A) Mon 24 Mar: 3. West Indies beat England by 9 runs (Group B) 4. Sri Lanka beat India by 22 runs (Group B) Tue 25 Mar: 5. New Zealand beat Ireland 42 runs (Group A) 6. Australia beat South Africa by 6 wickets (Group A) Wed 26 Mar: 7. West Indies beat Bangladesh by 36 runs (Group B) 8. England beat India by 5 wickets (Group B) Thu 27 Mar: 9. Australia beat Ireland by 78 runs (Group A) 10. New Zealand beat Pakistan by 59 runs (Group A) Fri 28 Mar: 11. England beat Bangladesh by 79 runs (Group B) 12. West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets (Group B) Sat 29 Mar: 13. South Africa beat Ireland by 86 runs (Group A) 14. Australia beat Pakistan by 94 runs (Group A) Sun 30 Mar: 15. 11:30, Group B – Bangladesh v India 16. 15:30, Group B – England v Sri Lanka Mon 31 Mar: 17. 11:30 17th Match, Group A – Ireland v Pakistan 18. 15:30 18th Match, Group A – South Africa v New Zealand Tue 1 Apr: 19. 11:30, Group A – Bangladesh v Sri Lanka 20. 15:30, Group A – India v West Indies Wed 2 Apr: 21. 11:30 WT20 2016 Qualification Play-Off – TBC v TBC (A3 v B4) 22. 15:30 WT20 2016 Qualification Play-Off – TBC v TBC (A4 v B3) Thu 3 Apr: 23. 10:30 1st Semi-Final – TBC v TBC (A1 v B2) (Shere Bangla National Stadium) 24. 11:30 9th place play-off – TBC v TBC (Loser playoff 1 v Loser playoff 2) 25. 15:30 7th place play-off – TBC v TBC (A5 v B5) Fri 4 Apr: 26. 10:30 2nd Semi-Final – TBC v TBC (A2 v B1) (Shere Bangla National Stadium) Sun 6 Apr: 27. 10:30 Final – TBC v TBC (Shere Bangla National Stadium) Sat 7 Apr: 27. 10:30 Final Reserve Day * All matches played at the Sylhet Stadium unless otherwise indicated Groups for the 2014 ICC Women’s World T20 in Bangladesh: Group A: Australia; New Zealand; Pakistan; South Africa Group B: England; India; Sri Lanka; West Indies Momentum Proteas ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Team *: Mignon du Preez (C) (Northerns) @MdpMinx22 Trisha Chetty (VC) (KZN Coastal) @trisha_chetty Chloe Tryon (KZN Coastal) @chloetryon25 Dané van Niekerk (Eastern Province) @danev81 Lizelle Lee (North West) @zella15j Marcia Matshipi Letsoalo (Northerns) Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province) @kappie777 Moseline Daniels (Western Province) Nadine Moodley (KZN Coastal) Shabnim Ismail (Western Province) Shandré Fritz (Western Province) @fritzysa Suné Luus (Northerns) @SuneLuus Sunette Loubser (Boland) Yolandi van der Westhuizen (Boland)
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Photo 1 caption: Dane van Niekerk celebrates the key wicket of Isobel Joyce, during the Momentum Proteas’ 86-run win over Ireland at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 match against Ireland at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, on Saturday, 29 March, 2014, in Sylhet, Bangladesh. The South Africans compiled 165 in their 20 overs, before bowling out Ireland for 79 runs. Photo: Pal Pillai-IDI/IDI/Getty Images
Photo 2 caption: Chloe Tryon’s unbeaten 35 off 12 balls helped to set up a defendable 165 for the Momentum Proteas. Photo: Pal Pillai-IDI/IDI/Getty Images
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