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Sri Lanka to lock horns with South Africa in ICC Women’s Championship on Wednesday

On a head to head, South Africa leads Sri Lanka by 7-3

Sri Lanka to lock horns with South Africa in ICC Women’s Championship on Wednesday - Cricket News
South Africa Vice Captain Trisha Chetty and Sri Lanka Captain Chamari Athapaththu pictured ahead of the start of the ICC Women’s Championship.
Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu: “It’s a great opportunity for women cricketers to play regular One-Day Internationals, with each match counting towards the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017”
 
South Africa captain Mignon du Preez: “It provides us players with an opportunity to play a lot more cricket on a regular basis, especially those teams ranked outside the top four. It will surely give women's cricket more visibility”

Sri Lanka will host South Africa in the final series of the opening round of the ICC Women’s Championship with the three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) to be played in Colombo this week.

The historic Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) will be the venue of the first two ODIs to be played on 15 and 17 October, before the final match of the ICC Women’s Championship is played at Nondescripts Cricket Ground, which will also stage the fourth and final ODI of the tour on 21 October.

The ICC Women’s Championship is a qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s World Cup with the top four sides progressing to the 2017 event to be staged in England. The bottom four sides will get a final chance of qualification through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in 2017.
 
The tournament structure will see each team will play each other in one home or away series that will include three ODIs over a two and a half year period. As such, each side is guaranteed at least 21 ODIs over the tournament period.
 
With the world’s top eight ranked sides participating in the tournament, three series of three ODIs each have been played in the first round, with Australia and West Indies sweeping side Pakistan and New Zealand respectively, and England beating India by 2-0 with one match washed-out.

Wednesday’s ODI will mark the first time that fifth-ranked Sri Lanka will host sixth-ranked South Africa and in 11 meetings to date, South Africa leads Sri Lanka by 7-3, with one match in Potchefstroom being washed-out.
 
South Africa has been one of the most consistent sides since the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013, having won eight out of 10 ODIs with one against Sri Lanka in Potchefstroom being washed-out. In contrast, Sri Lanka has won only one of its nine ODIs since finishing at an impressive fifth position in the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013.
 
In the ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings, none of the batters from either side feature inside the top 10, though Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp and Trisha Chetty are inside the top 20. Imalka Mendis is Sri Lanka’s highest-ranked batter in 27th position.
 
South Africa’s 10th placed Shibnam Ismail is the highest-ranked bowler in either squad. She will be aiming to climb the ladder and aiming to move ahead of Australia’s Erin Osborne whom she trails by 16 ratings points.
 
Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu was excited with the concept of the event, when she said: “It’s a great opportunity for women cricketers to play regular One-Day Internationals with each match counting towards the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
 
“From the Sri Lanka women’s cricketers’ point of view, it’s a great chance to play against the top countries and perform as a group. It will provide all of us the experience and exposure, which will help a long way in performing to high standards at the international level.”
 
South Africa captain Mignon du Preez, looking forward to the series against Sri Lanka, said: “I am extremely excited about the ICC Women’s Championship, as it will see the top eight sides in the world play each other in three One-Day Internationals leading up to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.
 
“I think it is a wonderful initiative from the ICC. It provides us players, with an opportunity to play a lot more cricket on a regular basis, especially those teams ranked outside the top four. It will surely give women's cricket more visibility.
 
“It is bound to create a platform for 'rising stars' within less known teams to shine and become role models, motivating young girls to take up cricket as a sport. The opportunity to play against some of the most experienced teams in the world is priceless. It can only help to improve the level of competitiveness all round and enhance the commercial value of women's cricket in the world."

Sri Lanka (from): Chamari Athapaththu (captain), Sanduni Abeywickrama, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusuriya, Imalka Mendis, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodani, Inoka Ranaweera, Madhuri Samuddhika, Anushka Sanjeewani (wkt), Nilakshi Silva, Shashikala Siriwardane, Prasadini Weerakkody, Sripali Weerakkody

South Africa (from): Mignon Du Preez (captain), Berdnadine Bezuidenhout, Trisha Chetty (wkt), Moseline Daniels, Yolani Fourie, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Lizelle Lee, Marcia Letsoalo, Nadine Moodley, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Dane Van Niekerk

Fixtures:

Sri Lanka v South Africa

15 Oct – First ODI, Colombo
17 Oct – Second ODI, Colombo
19 Oct – Third ODI, Colombo
*21 Oct – Fourth ODI, Colombo
 
*Denotes match that will not count towards the ICC Women’s Championship
 
Points table:
 
Teams P W L N/R Points NRR
West Indies 3 3 0 0 6 +1.712
Australia 3 3 0 0 6 +1.357
England 3 2 0 1 5 +0.686
India 3 0 2 1 1 -0.686
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sri Lanka 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pakistan 3 0 3 0 0 -1.357
New Zealand 3 0 3 0 0 -1.712
 
Note – two points for a win, no point for a loss and one point for a no-result
ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings:
 
The ICC Women's Championship is being contested by the following eight teams who have been seeded according to their rankings following the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013:
1.     Australia
2.     West Indies
3.     England
4.     New Zealand
5.     Sri Lanka
6.     South Africa
7.     India
8.     Pakistan
 
Following the completion of the round-robin matches, the final standings of the points table will represent each team’s final event ranking, and the top four teams will automatically qualify for the ICC WCWC 2017.

Reliance ICC Women’s Player Rankings on ODIs (as on 13 October, before the start of Sri Lanka-South Africa series):  
Batting
 
Rank          Player                        Team     Points                  Average               Highest Ranking
   1            Mithali Raj                     Ind         735                     50.05                  839 v Aus at Baroda Vadodar 2004
   2            C. Edwards                      Eng        723!                    38.07                  723 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
   3            Sarah Taylor                   Eng        707                     39.71                  803 v Aus at Chelmsford 2009
   4            Stafanie Taylor               WI          697                     43.50                  765 v Ind at St Kitts (WP) 2012
   5            Suzie Bates                     NZ          651                     37.20                  734 v WI at Kingston 2013
   6            H. Kaur                           Ind          640*                   35.06                  673 v SL at Visakhapatnam 2014
   7=          J. Cameron                      Aus         635                     38.53                  660 v Pak at Brisbane 2014
                 Meg Lanning                  Aus         635*                   39.22                  673 v Eng at Hove 2013
   9            Deandra Dottin                WI          626                     27.44                  650 v NZ at Kingston 2013
  10          Alex Blackwell                Aus         602                     33.79                  683 v Ind at Canberra 2008
 
Selected Others:
 
Rank    Player               Team     Points                  Average               Highest Ranking
  16        M. du Preez         SA         506                     33.28                  540 v SL at Potchefstroom 2013
  17        M. Kapp               SA        497*                   30.56                  509 v Ire at Doha 2014
  18        Trisha Chetty       SA         488                     30.09                  531 v SL at Potchefstroom 2013
  24        Shandre Fritz       SA         421                     21.31                  433 v SL at Cuttack 2013
  25        D. van Niekerk    SA         415*                    26.78                 431 v SL at Potchefstroom 2013
  27        A. Mendis            SL          408*                   20.47                 420 v Ind at Visakhapatnam 2014
  36        E. Kaushalya       SL          386                     15.09                  482 v Ind at Mumbai 2013
  38        S. Siriwardene     SL          376                     19.94                  497 v Pak at Canberra 2009
  41        D. Rasangika       SL          353*                   18.19                 439 v WI at Dambulla 2013
 
Bowling
 
Rank     Player                  Team     Points               Average   Economy              Highest Ranking
 
   1         Stafanie Taylor    WI          723                     17.16       3.00       768 v NZ at Kingston 2013
   2         A. Mohammed    WI           696!                    16.67      3.16      696 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
   3         Jenny Gunn          Eng        693!                    27.00       3.73      693 v Ind at Scarborough 2014
   4         Jhulan Goswami  Ind          671                     21.36       3.20      796 v Eng at Chennai 2007
   5         Shanel Daley       WI          664*!                  21.56       3.26      664 v NZ at St Kitts (WP) 2014
   6         Katherine Brunt   Eng         653                     21.52      3.29      796 v Ind at Mumbai 2013
   7         Sana Mir              Pak         590                     23.84       3.46      598 v Aus at Brisbane 2014
   8         Sunette Loubser  SA          568*!                   17.53      3.04      568 v Pak at Doha 2014
   9         Erin Osborne       Aus         567*                    26.56       3.95       581 v Eng at Melbourne 2014
  10        Shibnam Ismail   SA          551*                    20.20      3.51      557 v Ire at Doha 2014
 
  Selected Others:
 
  14        D. van Niekerk    SA         520*!                  14.68        3.22      520 v Pak at Doha 2014
  18        S. Siriwardene    SL          493                     23.24        3.67      535 v Eng at Colombo (NCC) 2010 
  24        Marizanne Kapp  SA         455*!                  26.65       3.51       455 v Pak at Doha 2014
  33        Marcia Letsoalo  SA         400*!                  32.46        3.24      400 v Pak at Doha 2014
  37        S. Weerakkody    SL          367*                   34.63       3.64      397 v SA at Potchefstroom 2013
  44        E. Kaushalya       SL          318*                   28.44        4.18      377 v WI at Dambulla 2013
  45        U. Prabodhani      SL          317*                   40.40       3.68      326 v SA at Potchefstroom 2013
 
All-rounders
 
Rank     Player                  Team     Points           Highest Ranking
   1         Stafanie Taylor    WI         504                 560 v NZ at Kingston 2013
   2         Shanel Daley       WI         264/*               273 v Aus at Mumbai 2013
   3         Ellyse Perry         Aus        243                    286 v Eng at Hobart 2014
   4         Jenny Gunn          Eng        232                   348 v Aus at Melbourne 2008
   5         Marizanne Kapp  SA         226*/*               227 v Ire at Doha 2014
 

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