Aus­tralia sur­vive bat­ting hic­cup to beat South Africa

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - GE­ORGE­TOWN, GUYANA (CMC):

Three-time cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia flexed their mus­cle with a 46-run vic­tory over South Africa, as they warmed up for their Women’s Twenty20 World Cup cam­paign with a strong per­for­mance on Tues­day.

Play­ing at the Guyana Na­tional Sta­dium, Aus­tralia gath­ered 130 for four off their 20 overs, with cap­tain Meg Lan­ning hit­ting an un­beaten 65 off 51 de­liv­er­ies.

Opt­ing to bat, the 2016 los­ing fi­nal­ists were in tur­moil at eight for three in the third over be­fore Lan­ning ar­rived to an­chor a 92-run fifth-wicket stand with Rachael Haynes who hit an un­beaten 29 off 27 balls.

In re­ply, South Africa slumped to 84 for nine of their al­lot­ted overs as left-arm spin­ner Jess Jonassen claimed three for 11, while seam­ers Tayla Vlaem­inck (2-10) and Ni­cola Carey (2-12) ended with two wick­ets apiece.

Only three bats­men reached dou­ble fig­ures but none passed 14 as South Africa lost their se­cond of­fi­cial ICC warm-up match on the bounce.

Lan­ning said the pitch had been dif­fi­cult to score on but backed her bat­ting unit to al­ways adapt.

“[We had] pretty chal­leng­ing times with the bat. Ini­tially [the pitch] was skiddy, you had to be pa­tient, it was more than a nor­mal T20 game,” she said.

“For our team, it was a very good learn­ing curve for what we need to do. We know our bat­ting line-up is strong and even if we lose early wick­ets we have peo­ple who will come and do the job for us.”

The Aussies open their pre­lim­i­nary-round cam­paign against Pak­istan at the same venue to­mor­row, in the se­cond match of a triple-header.

Pol­lard

Meg Lan­ning

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