Sri Lanka Win Despite Brilliant Campbelle Century

Sri Lanka Win Despite Brilliant Campbelle Century
Sri Lanka Win Despite Brilliant Campbelle Century
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Sri Lanka Women 184-6 (Rasangika 55) beat
West Indies Women 180-8 by four wickets
Second One-Day International, Dambulla
Report by John Pennington

Shemaine Campbelle hit a record-breaking century but her efforts were in vain as Sri Lanka Women won the second One-Day International against West Indies in Dambulla.

Campbelle's 105 in 138 balls was part of one of the most remarkable rescue acts ever seen in women's cricket and it helped West Indies post 180 for eight after being reduced to 23 for five.

However, Sri Lanka, thanks to Deepika Rasangika's 55, reached their victory target to level the series in 45.3 overs and ensure Tuesday's final match is a decider.

A devastating opening spell from Udeshika Prabodhani (3-35), Eshani Kaushalya (1-27) and Chamini Seneviratne (1-22) left the West Indies reeling before Campbelle came to the rescue.

In reaching three figures she became only the second West Indian woman to score an ODI century. Stafanie Taylor, the other, was watching having been bowled by Prabodhani for a golden duck.

No other West Indian woman has scored a century from number seven in the order, it ended as the highest score from number seven and she is the first Guyanese woman to reach three figures.

Her innings included eight fours and four sixes and helping her take the tourists to a competitive score were Deandra Dottin, who made 35 in 57 deliveries and Shakera Selman (12).

The West Indies innings was all about Campbelle, however, and she scored almost 59% of her team's runs.

"It feels great to get my first hundred after I played so well today," she said. "I did a lot of good things out there today – I was patient in the early stages and when the time came to attack I picked the right balls to hit and made it count. The coach always told me he knew I had it in me to play this well, and I’m happy I was able to repay that faith with a big innings."

West Indies also had some joy with the new ball as Shabina Munroe dismissed Chamari Polgampola without scoring before Chamari Atapattu (26) and Rasangika steadied the ship.

A double strike left the score 40 for three before Shasikala Siriwardene fell for 20 to leave the match in the balance, but Rasangika registered her second ODI half-century to calm the home team's nerves, adding 50 for the fifth wicket with Dilani Manodara (38 not out).

Kaushalya was caught and bowled by Taylor for seven but Sripali Weerakkody's unbeaten 21 ensured there would be no further slip ups and Sri Lanka kept their hopes of winning the series alive with just their fourth win against West Indies in their ODI history.

© Cricket World 2013

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