Manodara, Gunaratne stars in Sri Lanka's 15 run win over Pakistan

Dilani Manodara top scored for Sri Lanka
Dilani Manodara top scored for Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka Women 221-7 (Manodara 84) beat
Pakistan Women 206 (Gunaratne 4-41) by 15 runs
28th match, ICC Women's World Cup, Leicester

Dilani Manodara scored a vital 84 run knock to lift Sri Lanka to 221 for seven following which Chandima Gunaratne and Ama Kanchana played crucial roles with the ball to seal a 15 run win for their team against Pakistan in the 28th game of ICC Women's World Cup in Leicester.

Sri Lanka suffered early blows and were restricted to 82 for four after they decided to bat first on winning the toss. Manodara (84) kept their hopes alive but Prasadani Weerakkody (5) also perished at the other end as Sri Lanka lost half their side even before reaching a 100.

Eshani Lokusuriyage (28) and Kanchana (21 not out) provided the much needed support down the order to Manodara to ensure Sri Lanka had 221 for seven on the board in their 50 overs. Diana Baig (3-41) was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers.

In the chase, Pakistan were rocketed early by a double strike from Gunaratne (4-41) while Javeria Khan (24) and Nain Abidi (57) consolidated their innings a bit before both were run out.

Asmavia Iqbal (38 not out) tried to keep the hopes of Pakistan alive but Kanchana (2-31) and Gunaratne ensured Pakistan were bowled out for 206 runs in 46.4 overs as Sri Lanka bowed out of the tournament with a 15 run win.

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