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Shashikala Siriwardene help Sri Lanka Women end losing streak

Shashikala Siriwardene (right) claimed four wickets in the game
Shashikala Siriwardene (right) claimed four wickets in the game

Sri Lanka Women 73-3 (Vandort 19no) beat
Pakistan Women 72 (Siriwardene 4-9) by seven wickets
Second Twenty20 International in Colombo

Shashikala Siriwardene bowled splendid figures of 9 for four as Sri Lanka Women managed to remain alive in the series following a seven-wicket win over Pakistan Women in the second Twenty20 International in Colombo.

This is also Sri Lanka's first victory of the season after losing the ODI series 3-0 to Pakistan and also the first T20I.

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first. After a cautious start of 11 for naught in the first three overs, Oshadi Ranasinghe (1-22) accounted for Sidra Ameen (10) and the innings sunk further when Siriwardene (4-9) dismissed Nahida Khan (5), Bismah Maroof (20) and Javeria Khan (3).

The troubles mounted for the visitors as Nida Dar (4) and Kainat Imtiaz (1) were run out and eventually Pakistan were bowled out for 72 in 18.4 overs.

In the chase, Anushka Sanjeewani (20), Chamari Athapaththu (13), Imalka Mendis (11) and Rebeca Vandort (19 not out) all contributed as Sri Lanka completed the chase in the 15th over with seven wickets in hand.

The series now levelled at 1-1 with the final game to be played at Sinhalese Sports Club on Saturday.

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