Women WT20: SA beat SL by 6 wickets in opener

GALLE – South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the opening game of the ICC T20 Women’s WC 2012 from Group B at Galle today (26).

South Africa who elected to bowl first chased the victory target of 80 runs losing only four wickets with player-of-the-match Trisha Chetty top scoring with a fluent 33 off 40 balls.

Put into bat first, five run outs pushed Sri Lanka Women down to 79 all out with Dilani Manodara emerging as the top scorer with 24 runs.

Sri Lanka lost their top four wickets to Susan Benade and Dane van Niekerk who claimed two wickets each.

Manodara top hit a 35-ball 24 before falling victim to Marizanne Kapp while the rest of the local lasses were run out, pushin the home team to a meagre total.

The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 kicks off on Wednesday (today) in Galle at Galle International Cricket Stadium.

The teams are divided into two groups, with Pakistan and England joining Australia and India in Group A, and Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand and West Indies making up Group B. All the group games will be played in Galle, with the semis and final scheduled for the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo as part of a double-header with the equivalent match in the men’s event.

This Group B fixture will be followed by what is expected to be a cracker of a match between the previous event`s losing finalist New Zealand and pre-tournament favourite the West Indies.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals, which will be played on the same day and at the same venue as the men’s semi-finals in Colombo on 4 and 5 October, with the final to be played ahead of the men’s final at R.Premadasa Stadium on 7 October.

The semi-finalists from this event will qualify for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 to be held in Bangladesh in 2014. These four sides will be joined by the winners of the two play-off matches between the bottom four teams, which will be played at NCC and Moors Cricket Ground, respectively, in Colombo on Wednesday 3 October.

With Bangladesh also qualifying for the 2014 event as the host country, the final place in the eight-team event will be decided in qualifying tournament to be played next year. The entry to women’s matches in Galle is free of charge. (Agencies)