South Africa take the lead over Sri Lanka Women

2019-02-12 at 04:31

A maiden career century by Dané van Niekerk laid the foundation for the South African Women to make a strong start to their three-match One-Day International Series against Sri Lanka with a narrow seven-run win yesterday.

The South Africa captain struck 102 as the hosts posted 225 for seven after losing the toss and being put in to bat.

There was also an impressive 75 from Andrie Steyn, before Van Niekerk nabbed two critical wickets to help restrict the tourists to 218/9 in 48 overs – two overs being lost at the start for both sides due to rain.

The South Africans lost early wickets after Udeshika Prabodhani landed an early double blow but Van Niekerk and Steyn rebuilt brilliantly however with a 117-run third wicket stand.

Sri Lanka progressed well thanks to Prasadani Weerakkody’s 47, a top score of 49 from Shashikala Siriwardene and an unbeaten 39 by Nilakshi de Silva.

However, they ended just short as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the series. The second match takes place at the same venue on Thursday.