ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: Sri Lanka Team Preview
Skipper Chamari Atapattu is the best Sri Lankan player by far and she would have to outshine the opponents for the team to make a mark in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020.
Skipper Chamari Atapattu is the top-scorer for Sri Lanka in T20Is in 2019 with 271 runs from 9 innings at an average of 30 and a strike rate of 105 +. She scored 354 runs and had the best of 113.
On the Sri Lanka Australia tour of Australia, the skipper was the top-scorer yet again with 219 runs from 6 innings at an average of close to 50 and a strike rate of 93.5. Harshita Madhavi was next with an average of 25.
Shashikala Siriwardene, Achini Kulasuriya and captain Atapattu picked up four wickets each on the tour.
Sri Lanka start their Group A campaign against New Zealand and Australia on February 22 and 24 respectively. The side will then proceed to Melbourne's Junction Oval to take on India and Bangladesh.
Sachini Nisansala, Prasadani Weerakkody, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Tharika Sewwandi and Inoka Ranaweera are the five players who just missed the cut but have been named stand-by.
Sathya Sandeepani is the only uncapped player in the squad, who has earned her maiden call-up after making an impact in October's Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup.
Young spinners Kavisha Dilhari and Umesha Thimashini have both been included in the squad. Hasini Perera has been included after a long lay-off from international cricket.
Oshadi Ranasinghe, Yashoda Mendis and Inoshi Priyadharshani, who were all part of the team's T20 embarrassment against Australia, have missed selection.
Squad: Chamari Atapattu (c), Harshitha Madavi (vc), Anushka Sanjeewani, Hansima Karunaratne, Shashikala Siriwardene, Nilakshi De Silva, Ama Kanchana, Kavisha Dilhari, Udeshika Probodhani, Achini Kulasuriya, Hasini Perera, Sathya Sandeepani, Umesha Thimashini, Sugandika Kumari, Dilani Manodara
Sri Lanka were last part of the South Asian games competition in December 2019 where they lost their first match to Bangladesh by 7 wickets but plundered a record 279 runs against Maldives and skittled them out for just 32, to win by 249 runs.
The team also beat Nepal by 41 runs to reach the final but lost against Bangladesh by a narrow margin of two runs. Prior to that, the Lankans had toured Australia for a three-match T20I series but suffered a whitewash there.
Record in T20 World Cups
Sri Lanka did host the 2012 edition of the Women's T20 World Cup but have been without a title till now. They perished in the inaugural edition, losing to South Africa in the seventh place playoff.
The team did not manage to make it to the knockouts in 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2016, Sri Lanka stepped up and won two and lost two of their four league encounters.
In the last edition of the Women's T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka could manage only one win from their four league matches and crashed out of the tournament.
Sri Lanka are placed at the 8th spot in the Women's T20I rankings with 4420 points and 2019 ratings. Among the teams participating in this event, only Bangladesh and Thailand are behind them.
Shashikala Siriwardene is the only Sri Lankan player to find a place in either of the batter, bowler or all-rounder T20I rankings. Siriwardene is placed at the 8th spot in the T20I all-rounder rankings.
Chamari Atapattu - "The first aim for us is making the semi-finals, getting in the top two in the group will get us there and we’re confident and happy with the preparations we’ve had to help get us there. We’ve never been beyond the first round and that’s a record we’re desperate to put right, especially having played in each of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cups so far.
"We have shown in previous tournaments – such as beating India in 2014 and South Africa in 2016 – that we are capable of putting in these big performances. For us now, the challenge is putting together multiple big games in the same tournament."
Prediction - Eliminated in Group stage
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