Sri Lanka Too Good For India

Chamari Atapattu sweeps
Chamari Atapattu top-scored for Sri Lanka Women with 43.
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Sri Lanka celebrate
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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Group A: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa Group B: Bangladesh, England, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies Fixtures & Results
23rd March: Australia v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 128-8 (Perkins 31) beat
Australia Women 121 (Blackwell 31) by 7 runs
23rd March: Pakistan v South Africa
South Africa Women 163-0 (van Niekerk 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 119-9 (Kapp 3-16) by 44 runs
24th March: England v West Indies
West Indies Women 133-7 (Taylor 56) beat
England Women 124-9 (Dottin 4-12) by 9 runs
24th March: India v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Women 128-8 (Atapattu 43) beat
India Women 106-9 (Prabodhani 2-9) by 22 runs
25th March: Ireland v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 171-3 (Bates 68) beat
Ireland Women 129-4 (C Joyce 41no) by 41 runs
25th March: Australia v South Africa
Australia Women 116-4 (Perry 41no) beat
South Africa Women 115-9 by six wickets
26th March: Bangladesh v West Indies
West Indies Women 115 (Dottin 34) beat
Bangladesh Women 79 (Quintyne 3-5) by 36 runs
26th March: England v India
England Women 98-5 (Taylor 28) beat
India Women 95-9 (Raj 57) by five wickets
27th March: Australia v Ireland
Australia Women 191-4 (Lanning 126) beat
Ireland Women 113-7 (Perry 2-17) by 78 runs
27th March: New Zealand v Pakistan
New Zealand Women 167-3 (Bates 94no) beat
Pakistan Women 108-7 by 59 runs
28th March: Bangladesh v England
England Women 137-5 (Edwards 80) beat
Bangladesh Women 58-9 (Hazell 3-4) by 79 runs
28th March: Sri Lanka v West Indies
West Indies Women 87-2 (Taylor 56no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 84 (Daley 4-15) by 8 wickets
29th March: Ireland v South Africa
South Africa Women 165-5 (Lee 43) beat
Ireland Women 79 (Ismail 3-5) by 86 runs
29th March: Australia v Pakistan
Australia Women 185-2 (Villani 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 91-9 (Perry 3-12) by 94 runs
30th March: Bangladesh v India
India Women 151-4 (Kaur 77, Raj 41) beat
Bangladesh Women 72-8 by 79 runs
30th March: England v Sri Lanka
England Women 86-3 (Taylor 36) beat
Sri Lanka Women 85-9 by seven wickets
31st March: Ireland v Pakistan
Pakistan Women 119-6 (Bismah Maroof 48no) beat
Ireland Women 105 (A Iqbal 3-18) by 14 runs
31st March: New Zealand v South Africa
South Africa Women 116-5 (du Preez 51) beat
New Zealand Women 114-9 by 5 wickets
1st April: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Bangladesh Women 115-9 (R Ahmed 41) beat
Sri Lanka Women 112-9 by three runs
1st April: India v West Indies
India Women 121-1 (Raut 56, Raj 55no) beat
West Indies 117-7 (Dottin 57) by nine wickets
3rd April: Semi-Final
Australia Women 140-5 (Villani 35) beat
West Indies Women 132-4 by 8 runs
4th April: Semi-Final
England Women 102-1 (Taylor 44no) beat
South Africa Women 101 by nine wickets
6th April: Final - Australia v England
Australia Women 106-4 (Lanning 44) beat
England Women 105-8 (Coyte 3-16) by 6 wickets