Women's World Twenty20 2014: Ireland well beaten by South Africa

Mary Waldron
Women's World Twenty20 Group A, Sylhet:
South Africa 165-5 (20 overs) beat Ireland 79 (15.1 overs) by 86 runs - Scorecard
Australia 185-2 (20 overs) beat Pakistan 91-9 (20 overs) by 94 runs - Scorecard

Ireland women lost their third group game of the Women's World Twenty20 as they fell to a crushing 86-run defeat by South Africa.

Devastating hitting from Chloe Tyron and Sune Luus helped South Africa post 165-5 in Group A in Sylhet.

South Africa scored a remarkable 63 off the last three overs.

Despite Mary Waldron's 33, Ireland never threatened to reach a daunting target as they were bowled out for 79 with 4.5 overs unused.

South Africa pace bowler Shabnim Ismal exposed Ireland's technical deficiencies to finish with 3-5 off three overs.

Ireland were beaten by 42 runs in their first game against New Zealand, before losing to Australia by 78 runs.

In Saturday's other Group A game in Sylhet, Australia thrashed Pakistan by 94 runs.

Opener Elyse Villani hit an unbeaten 90 from 54 balls, adding 104 with skipper Meg Lanning (50) in the Southern Stars' 185-2.

Despite an opening stand of 57, Pakistan could muster only 91-9 as seamers Ellyse Perry claimed 3-12 and Sarah Coyte 3-14.

While Ireland and Pakistan battle for the wooden spoon on Monday, New Zealand face South Africa knowing a win will send them - and Australia - through, while a South Africa win would leave one of those three sides eliminated on net run-rate.

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