Women's Twenty20 World Cup underway

As men's tournament gets a well earned rest, the women's Twenty20 event kicks off with an early defeat for the hosts.

    Women's Twenty20 World Cup underway
    Sri Lanka captains Lasith Malinga and Shashikala Siriwardena pose with Twenty20 trophies [Reuters]

    The men have been at it for over a week but on Wednesday the women's Twenty20 World Cup got underway.

    Sri Lanka are hosting the third ICC women's tournament, with the group stage matches taking place in Galle before the semi-finals are played in Colombo alongside the men's event.  

    The final of the men and women's competition take place on October 7th.  

    In the opening game, Trisha Chetty spent a productive day on either side of the stumps as South Africa kicked off their campaign with a comfortable six-wicket victory over hosts Sri Lanka.

    New Zealand face the West Indies in the later match of the day. 

    South Africa captain Mignon du Preez put Sri Lanka in after winning the toss and had every reason to feel vindicated as the home side slumped to 34 for six wickets inside 12 overs.

    Pace bowler Susan Benade (2-7) and leg-spinner Dane van Neikerk (2-9) wrecked the Sri Lankan top order before South Africa's sharp fielding was rewarded with five runs outs as Sri Lanka were dismissed for just 79 runs in 20 overs.

    Only two Sri Lankans - Dilani Manodara (24) and Chamani Seneviratna (14) - reached double figures in the match played at the Galle International Stadium.

    Wicket-keeper Chetty was involved in six of the dismissals, including four runs outs, one catch and a stumping.

    She returned to hit a 40-ball 33 as South Africa chased down the target in 17.2 overs, losing four wickets in the process.

    South Africa play New Zealand in their next pool match on Friday at Galle while Sri Lanka play West Indies in the
    double-header on the same day.

    GROUPS:

    Group A:
    Australia
    India
    England
    Pakistan

    Group B:
    New Zealand
    West Indies
    Sri Lanka
    South Africa

    UPCOMING FIXTURES:

    September
    26 Sri Lanka v South Africa (04:00 GMT)
    26 New Zealand v West Indies (08:00)
    27 England v Pakistan (04:00)
    27 Australia v India (08:00)
    28 New Zealand v South Africa (04:00)
    28 Sri Lanka v West Indies (08:00)
    29 Australia v Pakistan (04:00)
    29 India v England (08:00)
    30 West Indies v South Africa (04:00)
    30 Sri Lanka v New Zealand (08:00)

    October
    1 India v Pakistan (04:00)
    1 Australia v England (08:00)

    SOURCE: Reuters


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