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Sri Lanka and South Africa Women have faced each other on 13 occasions in the shorter format. The Proteas women have won 10 matches while Sri Lanka have been victorious only thrice. The hosts South Africa are coming off a tri-series triumph while Sri Lanka Women haven't had T20 action in four months. We predict South Africa Women to win this match on Friday.
South Africa Women: Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus (c), Chloe Tryon, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine de Klerk, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba
Sri Lanka Women: Chamari Athapaththu (c), Harshitha Madavi, Vishmi Gunaratne, Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Nilakshi de Silva, Ama Kanchana, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Kavisha Dilhari, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandika Kumari, Achini Kulasuriya
The eighth edition of the Women's T20 World Cup is all set to get underway in South Africa from February 10th. A total of 10 teams split into two groups will compete in 20 group matches, with top two sides from each group going through to the semifinals.
It will be South Africa Women and Sri Lanka Women kickstarting the tournament with a Group A clash at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday.
The Protea Women played a tri-nation series against India and West Indies in the lead up to this ICC tournament. They won both matches against the Windies in the group stage and lost one to India women. In the final, however, they came out triumphant by five wickets.
Nonkululeko Mlaba bagged 2 for 16 off her four overs while India batters didn't show much intent either. Chasing 110, South Africa found themselves in trouble with half the side down for 66 runs. It was Chloe Tryon who got them over the line with a blistering 57 not-out in 32 balls.
Sri Lanka women last played international T20s in October last year, where they reached the final by edging out Pakistan by just one run. They then only scored 65/9 in the final as India thrashed them by eight wickets.
South Africa have a pretty settled line-up with only a couple of spots being uncertain. Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits form a solid opening pair, followed by Lara Goodall and Sune Luus. Chloe Tryon, and Marizanne Kapp add the firepower to the side. The pace bowling attack is in good hands with Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka and Kapp all quality bowlers. Nonkululeko Mlaba and captain Luus handle the spin department.
Sri Lanka Women, led by Chamari Athapaththu, will have Harshitha Madavi and Vishmi Gunaratne in the top order alongside the skipper, Anushka Sanjeewani, Nilakshi de Silva and Ama Kanchana are key players in the middle order with plenty of experience. Sri Lanka have plenty of options in the bowling department with Oshadi Ranasinghe, Kavisha Dilhari, Inoka Ranaweera and Achini Kulasuriya most certain to play.
Chloe Tryon has been a big asset for South Africa, providing power in the middle order. She has 957 runs in T20 internationals at an average of 21 while striking at 141. Tryon followed her 32-ball 57* in the tri-series final with 65 off just 23 versus England in the first warm-up game.
Inoka Ranaweera has been a key player for Sri Lanka over the years. She has taken 68 wickets in T20I cricket from 62 games at an economy of 5.76, including best figures of 4 for 7. The left arm spinner was excellent in the warm-up game against Ireland, picking 3 for 26 in four overs.
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