New Zealand Women defeated South African Women by 22 runs while Sri Lanka Women upstaged West Indies Women by five runs (D/L Method) during their World Twenty matches at Galle on Friday.
Put into bat first, Kiwis lost their opener - Suzie Bates (14) and Amy Satterthwaite (2) - early but Sophie Devine (59) and Frances Mackay (49) ensured they post a challenging total against the Proteas. Devine's maiden Twenty20 fifty inculed five boundaries and three sixes.
South Africans never got into the chase and lost wickets at regular intervals against a quality attack led by Nicola Browne (3-13) and Erin Bermingham (2-21). Devine came back to haunt the opponents and claimed two wickets.
Sri Lankan shocker
The home team pulled off an upset against favourites West Indies in a rain-shortened match at Galle. Lankans batting first were 50/3 in 10.3 overs when heavens opened up leaving West Indies chase a revised target of 48 runs from eight overs.
Windies got off to a horrific start losing Stafanie Taylor (3), Deandra Dottin (4) and Tremayne Smartt (8) with only 17 runs on board. Only Stacy-Ann King (12) managed double figures. Chamani Seneviratna picked up two wickets.