It was all about the Proteas today. Not only they were good with the bat with Lizelle Lee (101) notching her maiden T20I century and Sune Luus carrying her bat to an unbeaten 61 till the end, but they were also too good with the ball as well. Shabnim Ismail (3/8) and Sune Luus (3/15) picked up three wickets each to break the backbone of Thailand batting line-up to win by 113 runs. However, the only area of concern for South Africa was their fielding dropping four catches. With this win, South Africa rise to the top of Group B with four points from two games while Thailand remain at the bottom with no points from three games.
Thailand captain Sornnarin Tippoch: Credit to Lizelle Lee. She hit the ball really hard. It's something to learn for us. It was a big score on the board. We tried to go out there and back ourselves play with courage.
South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: To be honest, no (I'm not happy). The box we wanted to tick was to take the win. But I have to give credit to Lizelle for that century and Sune who accelerated at the back end with Chloe. But I think our fielding let us down today. We always want to be at our best no matter who we play and when we play and whatever the circumstances are and I don't think we were at our 100 percent best today. It definitely is a worry. We speak about it a lot. I thought we took our chances against England but we can't be inconsistent.
Player of the Match Lizelle Lee: "It was just one of those days where things paid off for me. We struggled in the powerplay and didn't get as much as we wanted but Sune and I had a good partnership and that set us up. She did extremely well hitting a fifty as well. Well, it hasn't paid off in the last two games. Luckily it went great today and it's amazing. We are taking every game as semifinals and looking forward to the next games.
Thailand 82 all out in 19.1 overs
Shabnim Ismail picks up the last Thailand wicket in the first ball of the last over to give South Africa a huge 113-run win.
Thailand 46/6 in 12.3 overs, need 151 runs
South Africa skipper Dane van Niekerk comes to the party as she lures Nattaya Boochatham down the crease only the Thai batter to miss it and Trisha Chetty whips the bails in motion.
Thailand 35/4 in 10 overs, need 161 runs
Onnicha Kamchomphu hits a couple of boundaries off Ayabonga Khaka to ease down the pressure. Its been a pretty unforgettable day for Thailand -- first with the ball and now with the bat. It's highly unlikely for Thailand to win the match but they will definitely try to bat full overs as they have done in their previous two matches.
Thailand 16/4 in 7 overs, need 180 runs
Sornnarin Tippoch departs. The Thai captain slices a drive in the air at covers of the bowling off Nonkululeku Mlaba only for Laura Wolvaardt to dive full length to her right and pluck it in the right hand just above the turf. Absolute blinder. Contender for the catch of the tournament. It is also Mlaba's maiden T20I wicket.
Earlier, Mlaba and Ismail bowled a maiden overs each. Brilliant stuff from the South Africans.
Thailand 15/3 in 4 overs, need 181 runs
What an over for Shabnim Ismail. w.w.w.0.1.0.
After Trisha Chetty sends back Nattakam Chantam with her brilliant direct hit on the first ball of the over, Koncharoenkai and Chaiwai were clean bowled in the next two by Ismail. Both the balls were pitched good length, came angled in from wide of the crease and completely deceiving both the batters with pace.
Earlier Natayya Boochatham was dropped by Nadine de Klerk at cover off Shabnim Ismail.
Thailand 2/0 in 1 over, need 194 runs
Shabnim Ismail drops Nattakam Chantam on the first ball of the innings bowled by Nonkululeu Mlaba. Chantam gets on the backfoot and pulls in the air to deep mid-wicket but Ismail spills it.
Sune Luus: Probably five minutes before the toss I found out that I was batting at 3. It was a crucial game, aiming to get confidence out of here and take it into the next games. We had watched them play against England. It’s never easy especially when there are slower bowlers. We need another win to get into semis, hopefully, get the win and take it from there.
South Africa 195/3 in 20 overs.
A wicket and eight runs in the last over to finish the South African innings. It is also the highest total by any team in T20 World Cups and South Africa's second-highest in T20Is.
South Africa 161/2 in 17.1 overs
Fourth T20I fifty for Sune Luus. And what a way to bring her half-century as she hits a Nattaya Boochatham full toss for a six over square leg.
South Africa 144/2 in 16 overs
Maiden T20I century for Lizelle Lee. What a moment for her and that too in the T20 World Cup. A boundary over the short fine leg off Suleeporn Laomi and she pumps her fist into the air. But she departs on the next ball giving a simple return catch to Laomi. Anyway the damage has been done already.
Earlier, England's Heather Knight scored the first century of the tournament, and that too against the same opponent.
South Africa 110/1 in 13 overs
What a day Lizelle Lee is having. She just hammers all around the park to take 17 runs of a Nattaya Boochatham over to bring up 100 runs for South Africa. Lee is just 26 runs away from her maiden T20I century. Can she make it?
South Africa 80/1 in 10 overs
And that's it. Lizelle Lee brings up her first half-century of the tournament with a brilliant straight six off Chanida Suttiriang. It was also her 12th T20I fifty.
Earlier Lee was dropped by Onnicha Kamchompu of her own bowling in the previous over. Might prove too costly for Thailand.
South Africa 51/1 in 8 overs
5o up for South Africa. Lizelle Lee hits a glorious drive through the mid-wicket off Chanida Sutthiruang to bring 50 runs for South Africa. Looks like the Proteas are heading towards a big score, much like Australia did against Bangladesh yesterday.
South Africa in 37/1 overs 6 overs
After the cheap dismissal of Dane van Niekerk early on, Lizelle Lee and Sune Luus are going on a steady pace. While Lee has been most dominant on the off-side for her unbeaten 26, Luus has hit only a boundary so far in her 7 not out.
FACT: Thailand have picked up five wickets in the power plays in this tournament.
South Africa 13/1 in 2.4 overs
Dane van Niekerk departs for just two. A juicy full toss from Ratanaporn Padunglerd and the South African skipper ends up giving a simple catch to mid-wicket to Nattakam Chantam.
South Africa 8/0 in 1 over
Good start by the Proteas as Lizelle Lee hits Nattaya Boochatham for a couple of boundaries in the first over. South Africa would like to make the most use of the power play and score as many runs as possible.
The pitch looks good to bat on and more so after Australia scored 189 runs the previous day against Bangladesh. The shortest boundary is just 52 meters. But it would be a tough task for the bowlers as they need to find their line and length early on and variations are the key to restrict the opposition batters.
South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: We haven't played Thailand before. It looks like a beautiful surface. Just want to put some runs on board and defend that. Unfortunately, Marizanne Kapp just pulled out but we've got Nadine de Klerk coming in. It's not an injury it's just illness and it's precaution with a quick turn around to the next game.
Thailand captain Sornnarin Tippoch: We wanted to bowl first actually. We are confident with our bowling side. We are good with our bowling and fielding but want to show our batting side too today.
South Africa have won the toss and will bat first. Just one change for the Proteas as Marizanne Kapp makes way for Nadine de Klerk. Thailand are unchanged.
South Africa: Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Dane van Niekerk (c), Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Sune Luus, Trisha Chetty (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba.
Thailand: Nattaya Boochatham, Nattakan Chantam, Nannapat Koncharoenkai (wk), Naruemol Chaiwai, Chanida Sutthiruang, Sornnarin Tippoch (c), Wongpaka Liengprasert, Onnicha Kamchomphu, Ratanaporn Padunglerd, Suleeporn Laomi, Soraya Lateh.
Hello and welcome everyone to the match No.11 of the T20 World Cup between South Africa and Thailand. The Proteas have played only one game so far in the tournament and registered an emphatic win against England. For Thailand, the tournament debutants were been beaten comprehensively in both the games they have played so far in the competition.
It's a double header today with Pakistan squaring off against England in another Group B clash later in the day.
Blistering Lee's ton, Luus' allround effort sink ThailandSouth Africa continued their winning momentum going, comprehensively beating Thailand by a whopping margin of 113 runs at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday (February 28) in the T20 World Cup. This emphatic victory by Proteas was also the biggest in terms of runs in T20 World Cups. It was a record-breaking day led by Lizelle Lee who scored her maiden ton (101) off just 59 balls. Lee bludgeoned Thailand’s bowlers to all parts of the ground and scored 82 off those runs in boundaries (16) and sixes (3). The swashbuckling opener set the Manuka Oval on fire with her…
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