Southern Stars cruise past South Africa

26 Mar 2014

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The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars recorded a six-wicket win over South Africa in their second group match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Sylhet.

South Africa set a total of 9-115 from their 20 overs, which the Australian side chased down with eight balls to spare, finishing 4-116. Ellyse Perry’s unbeaten 41 runs earned her the player-of-the-match award.

After winning the toss and electing to bat South Africa inched their way to a total of 9-115, with Trisha Chetty (30) the main-stayer of the innings. It looked unlikely that they would be able to push their total beyond 100 before Sane Luus (19*) let lose hitting three fours and a six off the last four balls of the innings. Julie Hunter played her first match of the tournament and had a big impact with the ball finishing 2-13 from her four overs. Rene Farrell (2-19) and Erin Osborne (2-20) also picked up multiple wickets.

The Australian run chase got off to a shaky start, losing Alyssa Healy (0) in the first over and Meg Lanning (6) in the third. Alex Blackwell (24) helped to steady the innings before she was run out in the 12th over. Ellyse Perry (41*) and Jess Cameron (27*) put on an unbeaten 60-run partnership to sure up the game.