South Africa Women vs Sri Lanka Women 2019, 1st ODI
South Africa Women vs Sri Lanka Women 2019, 1st ODI


The South African women certainly crushed the Sri Lankan women in the T20 series and won it 3-0. There was just one match that was close and is tough to envision the ODI series between the Southern African women and Sri Lankan women being any different.

The gulf between the two teams was very clear to see in terms of the abilities as well as the fitness. It seems like the South African girls have understood that they need to step up their video game to stay at precisely the exact same level as teams like Australia, India, and England and are willing to do what’s required.

We don’t expect any mercy in the South African women in the longer arrangement either.


Anything under a clean sweep would be considered a missed chance for the South African women within this sequence. They won the T20 series 3-0 and that was possibly where the Sri Lankan women had the best chance of having an upset.

The difference between sides becomes more apparent when the length of the match increases and the prospect of an upset decrease.

Dane van Niekerk scored 142 runs in the past series and will be the batter to be on the lookout for. She’s bringing some superb type with her to the show and is a rock in the middle order of the South African side. Before, she has been guilty of enjoying a little too low down the order to truly have an impact but hopefully, that won’t be the case here.

Lizelle Lee was dropped out of the T20’s due to poor fitness standards and is going to have a point to prove in the ODI’s. She’s still one of the most dangerous batters going around and also has a lot left .

We believe she could feast on the underwhelming Sri Lankan girls bowling attack.

With players such as Wolvaardt, Kapp, du Preez, along with other competent batters too, the Southern African women must discover ways of testing themselves since they might not have enough of a struggle against the Sri Lankan bowlers.

It looks like that the Sri Lankan girls are almost always full of possibility before entering a game or a series but that is never translated into actual performance. Within this show, Jayangani and Siriwardene will be the two players who are being discussed.

There is no doubt they have ability and are effective at getting the huge scores in but they still have to prove whether they have the character to be successful at this level always.

Jayangani got an aggressive 43 off 36 balls in the last T20 and kept Sri Lanka in the hunt during a steep chase. There was a time in that game where it seemed like the Sri Lankan girls would have the ability to pull off a success when both Jayangani and Siriwardene were batting together.

The Sri Lanka batting does not have sufficient ability to back up these two however. Perera, Madavi, and Mendis have been unsatisfactory and we do not believe they have shown any signs of turning it around.

It’ll be very hard for the Sri Lankan to compete against the South African women if they’re unable to find some runs fast. Their existing style of attack appears to be to go hard at the top and attempt to maximize the powerplay overs but with a long tail, we think it could be really better for them to take their time ahead.

The bowling for the Sri Lankan side has not been up to indicate. It appears likely that Ranweera and Ranasinghe will be the two bowlers to lead the attack against the South Africans in the ODI’s as well. There’s no speed from the Sri Lankan bowling line and it will be a tide of a single spinner after the other.

Sri Lanka depends on the batters which makes the errors to pick up the wickets instead of inducing them. In the fifty more format which may be harder because the batters have sufficient time to wait out the bowlers.

South Africa Women

Wicketkeeper: Faye Tunnicliffe

Batswomen: Lara Goodall, M du Preez, Laura Wolvaardt, Andries Steyn

All-rounder: Dane van Niekerk(c), Marizanne Kapp

Bowlers: Shabnam Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Zintle Mali, T Sekhukhune (D: Sarah Smith)

Sri Lanka Women

Wicketkeeper: Anushka Sanjeewani

Batswomen: Nilakshi de Silva, Hasini Perera, Imalka Mendis

All-rounder: Chamari Attapatu (c), Shashikala Siriwardene

Bowlers: O Ranasinghe, I Ranaweera, K Dilhari, Achini Kulasuriya


South Africa Women –

Dané van Niekerk (captain), Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Saarah Smith, Tumi Sekhukhune, Zintle Mali, Faye Tunnicliffe (wicketkeeper), Masabata Klaas, Andrie Steyn

Sri Lanka Women – Chamari Athapaththu(c), Harshitha Madavi, Udeshika Prabodhani, Shashikala Siriwardene, Prasadani Weerakkody, Tharika Sewwandi, Hasini Perera, Imalka Mendis, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Achini Kulasuriya,  Inoka Ranaweera, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Umesha Thimashini.