Galle, Sept 26 (IBNS) South Africa hardly broke sweat as it cruised past Sri Lanka in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012 opener at Galle on Wednesday. Set a target of 80 runs, South Africa achieved victory in 17.2 overs with six wickets to spare.
Wicketkeeper-batter Trisha Chetty (33) and Shandre Fritz (14) blazed away at the top, taking full advantage of the powerplay overs, even as Sri Lanka introduced spin as early as the third over to halt the South Africa side.
Sri Lanka used as many as five bowlers in the first six overs, and Inoka Ranaweera picked up two wickets, while Deepika Rasangika, the leg-spinner, took one.
Earlier, South Africa captain Mignon du Preez´s decision to bowl came as no real surprise, given that there was a hint of early morning drizzle. The South Africa bowlers vindicated that decision almost immediately as Sri Lanka slipped to 17 for four by the eighth over. Hopes were pinned on Shashikala Siriwardena, Sri Lanka´s captain, easily the side´s best batter. Once she was dismissed for seven, it was always going to be a tough task.