Sri Lanka Women Avoid Series Whitewash

Sri Lanka Women Avoid Series Whitewash
Sri Lanka Women Avoid Series Whitewash
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Sri Lanka Women 102-6 beat
West Indies Women 101 by 4 wickets
Fourth Twenty20 International, Colombo

Sri Lanka Women recorded a consolation win in the fourth Twenty20 International against the West Indies. With the series already won by the visitors, Sri Lanka’s bowlers combined to dismiss their opponents for just 101 and then knocked off the runs, not without a few alarms, to win by four wickets.

Udeshika Prabodhani and Eshani Kaushalya did the early damage, with the former trapping Natasha McLean leg before in her first over and running out debutant June Ogle, and the latter removing the dangerous Deandra Dottin.

Stafanie Taylor was the only West Indies batter to prosper, hitting 40 off 33 balls, to hold her side’s innings together. The middle-order all fell to either Chandima Gunaratne (1-24) or skipper Shashikala Siriwardene (3-19). West Indies were finally all out for 101 in the final over of their innings as Kaushalya returned to remove Subrina Munroe.

Sri Lanka’s batting effort was more of a team effort. No single player managed even half of what Taylor had scored for the tourists, but four of them did reach double figures. Prasadani Weerakkody made 16 and added 32 for the second-wicket with Nipuni Hansika (17) to lay the foundations for what would prove to be a successful run chase. Siriwardene and Deepika Rasangika then chipped in with 19 apiece to take Sri Lanka close to their target. 

A couple of wickets did fall near the end as Taylor picked up her second to end with two for 22, but Rasangika and Chamani Seneviratna saw their side home.

The final match in the series is tomorrow, again at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium.

© Cricket World 2013

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