Athapaththu hits half-century for Sri Lanka in Women’s T20 World Cup opener against S.Africa


South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp (L) celebrates after the dismissal of Chamari Athapaththu (2nd L) during the Group A T20 Women’s World Cup match in Cape Town. AFP

Sri Lankan captain Chamari Athapaththu made a hard-hit half-century against South Africa in the opening match of the Women’s T20 World Cup at Newlands in Cape Town.

Athapaththu’s 68 enabled Sri Lanka to make 129 for four after they were sent in to bat by the host nation.

The left-handed Sri Lankan veteran hit 12 fours and shared a second-wicket partnership of 86 with 17-year-old Vishmi Gunarathne, who made 35.

Both batters fell to good fielding off successive balls in the 18th over, preventing a late burst of scoring.

ChamariAthapaththu Chamari Athapaththu plays a shot during the Group A T20 women’s World Cup match. AFP

Gunarathne was run out by a direct hit by Tazmin Brits and Athapaththu fell to a diving catch in the deep by Nadine de Klerk off Marizanne Kapp.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka 129-4 in 20 overs (C Athapaththu 68, V Gunarathne 35)

Toss: South Africa

Match situation: South Africa need 130 to win

Agence France-Presse


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