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Sri Lanka Too Good For India

Chamari Atapattu sweeps
Chamari Atapattu top-scored for Sri Lanka Women with 43.
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Inoka Ranaweera (left) celebrates one of her two wickets.
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Sri Lanka Women 128-8 (Atapattu 43) beat
India Women 106-9 (Prabodhani 2-9) by 22 runs
ICC Women’s World T20 2014 Group B, Sylhet

Sri Lanka Women made it two teams recording slightly surprising wins on the opening day of matches in Group B of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 by beating India Women in Sylhet.

Chamari Atapattu and Eshani Lokusuriyage both made useful contributions as they posted 128 for eight after electing to bat. Udeshika Prabodhani then starred with two for nine from her four overs as India were held to 106 for nine in their run chase. Earlier in the day, West Indies Women had beaten many people’s favourites for the tournament, England Women, by nine runs.

Sri Lanka’s innings didn’t get off to a particularly brilliant start as they lost Yasoda Mendis (13) in left-arm spinner Gouher Sultana’s opening over, with new batter Deepika Rasangika (3) then falling to seamer Soniya Dabir to make it 23 for two.

Atappattu and skipper Shashikala Siriwardene then built a handy third-wicket stand of 29 inside four overs, with Atapattu by far the aggressor. Siriwardene had contributed just five before being caught and bowled by Shikha Pandey.

Atapattu was then joined by Lokusuriyage, the two Sri Lankans who would play the crucial innings, and the pair added 31 - the highest partnership of the match - before Atapattu was finally bowled by Harmanpreet Kaur for 43 off 44 balls, having hit five boundaries. Lokusuriayge would stay until the final over and make 34 off 29 balls, while Chamari Polgampola hit a couple of boundaries in a late cameo of 13 off nine balls.

Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav ended as the pick of the Indian bowlers with two for 20 from three overs, with off-spinner Archana Das (3-0-20-1) joining Pandey (1-0-5-1), Kaur (2-0-12-1), Sultana (4-0-25-1) and Dabir (4-0-18-1) as the other wicket-takers.

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India’s run chase floundered after a relatively solid start as spinners Inoka Ranaweera and Maduri Sammudika, as well as Prabodhani, each took a brace of wickets. Mithali Raj and Poonam Raut had advanced the score to 33 for one after the early loss of Smriti Mandhana for nine to a run-out. However, Raut fell to Sammudika for nine from the final ball of the powerplay, with Raj falling just four runs later for 16 to leave the score reading 37 for three.

Jhulan Goswami, Kaur and Pandey all did their best and all reached double figures, but the required run rate slowly increased and wickets began to fall with increasing regularity. Goswami (11) and Pandey (22) were Ranaweera’s two victims, with Sammudika taking her second wicket when dismissing Kaur for 17.

It was then over to player of the match Prabodhani to wrap up the win by dismissing Dabir (3) and Das (1) in successive overs to leave the Indian tail-enders with far too much to do.

India’s next game is against Group B’s other vanquished team, England, on Wednesday, while Sri Lanka don’t play again until Friday when they take on the West Indies.

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