Match Preview: Sri Lanka vs South Africa – Match 8
Date: November 12, 2018
Venue: Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia
Sri Lanka and South Africa will face off against each other for the eighth match of the Women’s World Twenty-20. Sri Lanka’s first match against England was abandoned due to rain, while this will be South Africa’s first match of the tournament. Both the teams lost their practice matches. While Sri Lanka did lose to New Zealand and Ireland, South Africa had a 90 run loss to Pakistan followed by a loss to favourites Australia.
Players to Watch Out for:
Lizelle Lee (South Africa)
Batting Stats: Runs- 1107; Average- 24.06; Strike Rate- 103.45; Best-69*
An experienced player, Lee will be vital to South Africa’s batting line-up and getting them off to a good start. Though she has struggled with form lately, she is a highly destructive batter who can blow away any bowling attack. This is just what her team will require off her in the tournament.
Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka)
Batting Stats: Runs- 1126; Average- 17.60; Strike Rate: 92.73; Best 52
Bowling Stats: Wickets-14; Average-31.92; Economy- 6.43
All eyes will be on the Sri Lankan skipper. She put herself in the limelight when she smashed an unbeaten 178 against Australia. The same will be expected of her throughout the tournament. With the ball as well, her off-spin will be much needed by her side.
Who Said What:
“We had some brilliant preparation for the World Cup. We had a month here, so we can’t complain about preparation.” – Dane van Niekerk
“We didn’t have nets or indoor nets, so we didn’t train much, but more in here, but our preparation is really good before the workup, so we trust our potential and our talent.” – Chamari Atapattu
There had been torrential rain in St. Lucia which resulted in the first match being abandoned. Both sides will be hoping the rain stays away and if it does, the wicket can be expected to be a scoring one.
South Africa: Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee (wk), Robyn Searle, Sune Luus, Mignon du Preez, Dane van Niekerk (c), Chloe Tryon, Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, Shabnim Ismail, Zintle Mali
Sri Lanka: Chamari Atapattu (c), Yashoda Mendis, Hasini Perera, Shashikala Siriwardena, Eshani Lokusuriyage, Nilakshi de Silva, Dilani Manodara (wk), Ama Kanchana, Sugandika Kumari, Udeshika Prabodhani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Kavisha Dilhari