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Kapp and Lee power SA to victory

An all-round performance from Marizanne Kapp led South Africa Women to a 53-run win over Sri Lanka Women

Kapp and Lee power SA to victory - Cricket News
South Africa Women reached 225 for 8 in 50 overs.
An adept all-round performance from South Africa Women helped it to a 53-run win over Sri Lanka Women in the tenth match of the ICC Women's Championship, played at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo on Wednesday (October 15).
 
Opting to bat, half-centuries from Lizelle Lee and Marizanne Kapp led South Africa to 225 for 8 in 50 overs. Starting the chase on the wrong note after losing a wicket without a run on the board, Sri Lanka finished on 172 for 9 despite a fighting half-century from Eshani Kaushalya.
 
Lee, the opener, anchored the innings after South Africa lost early wickets. With Mignon du Preez, Lee stitched an important 51-run stand to stabilise the innings after it was reduced to 17 for 2 by the eighth over. She then shared another 50-plus-run stand with Kapp on the way to her half-century before falling for 72.
 
With none of the Sri Lanka bowlers able to contain the South Africa batters, Kapp took charge and led South Africa to a strong total, remaining unbeaten on 89 off 90 balls herself.
 
Kapp continued to weave her magic as she dented Sri Lanka’s chase from the outset. She had Shashikala Siriwardene, the opener, caught behind in the second over with no runs on the board. Shabnim Ismail came back three overs later to reduce Sri Lanka to 6 for 2 in the fifth over.
 
Prasadani Weerakkody shared a 41-run stand for the third wicket with Chamari Atapattu before she was dismissed hit wicket for 17. With half the side back in the shed by the 26th over, Kaushalya did major chunk of the scoring, on the way to a very timely half-century, to take her team close to victory. But too much was left to be done. Once she fell for 59 off 55 in the 45th over, it was all over.
 
The two teams face off at the same venue again on Friday (October 17).

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