Women's T20 WC: Lizelle lets loose as SA thrash Thailand

Canberra, Feb 28 (IANS): Lizelle Lee was at her brutal best as her century saw South Africa to a tournament record total and a 113-run win over Thailand in their Group B game at the Manuka Oval in the ongoing Women's T20 World Cup on Friday.

Lee took the Thai attack apart with the T20 World Cup's fifth ton and 88 of her 101 runs came from boundaries as the Proteas posted 195/3, the highest team total in the tournament's history.

With Sornarrin Tippoch's debutants slipping to 82 all out, South Africa strengthened their grip on Group B as they face Pakistan on Sunday with the semi-finals in sight.

Thailand have a knack of taking early wickets and were gifted one when Dane van Niekerk (2) patted Ratanporn Padunglerd's full toss to mid-on.

Lee, tenth in the ICC T20I Batting Rankings, dominated the scoring and slog-swept Onnicha Kamchomphu for a 75-metre six.

Thailand used seven different bowlers inside nine overs but none could withstand Lee's assault as she reached 50 from 35 balls with a straight six.

Sune Luus, featuring in her fourth T20 World Cup, batted on the undercard but still swung Chanida Sutthiruang's full toss for six over the fine-leg boundary.

Lee had come in without a half-century in nine international innings but glided towards a century in 59 balls, showing her touch with a late cut for four before bringing up a ton fittingly with a four.

No sooner had she raised her bat to salute a jubilant South Africa dugout than she chipped a catch back to Suleeporn Laomi to end the partnership on 131.

Luus ticked to her fourth T20I fifty and Chloe Tryon carted Tippoch over the leg-side fence twice in a penultimate over that cost 20, lifting her side to a record total.

In the chase, it didn't take long for Thailand to lose their first wicket as Natthakan Chantam was run out by a fine throw from keeper Trisha Chetty.

Ismail tore the Thai order asunder, beating Nannapat Khoncharoenkai and then Naruemol Chaiwai for sheer pace in successive balls to complete a team hat-trick.

Tippoch and Nattaya Boochatham played out two maidens before a world-class catch from Laura Wolvaardt at mid-wicket accounted for the Thailand captain.

Kamchomphu led a lone resistance, taking Ayabonga Khaka for back-to-back boundaries and striking Thailand's first six at the Women's T20 World Cup off Van Niekerk.

Kamchomphu (26) nicked Luus behind in the 12th over, Chetty whipped off Boochatham's bails to end her 31-ball vigil and also stumped Wongpaka Liengprasert (6) for the seventh wicket.

Chanida Sutthiruang was given out lbw on review off Nadine de Klerk, Laomi looped a catch to Van Niekerk and Ismail castled Padunglerd to complete a comprehensive win.

Brief Scores: South Africa 195-3 (Lizelle Lee 101, Sune Luus 6*, Ratanporn Padunglerd 1/19); Thailand 82 all out, 19.1 overs (Onnicha Kamchomphu 26, Shabnim Ismail 3/8)




Title : Women's T20 WC: Lizelle lets loose as SA thrash Thailand


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