Sri Lanka register first win as Bangladesh lose third straight

Friday, November 16, 2018

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GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC) – Sri Lanka condemned Bangladesh to elimination from the ICC Women's Twenty20 World Cup as they picked up their first win of the tournament with a 25-run verdict here Wednesday.

In a low-scoring Group A affair at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka successfully defended a paltry 97 for seven to earn full points and go second in the group on three points behind leaders England.

Sent in, Sri Lanka were carried by a top score of 31 from Shashikala Siriwardana but no other batsman passed 20 in a disappointing outing.

She faced 33 balls and struck two fours and a six, posting 31 for the sixth wicket with Nilakshi Damayanthi (12) in what was the best stand of the innings.

Outstanding seamer Jahanara Alam was once again the spearhead of Bangladesh's attack, claiming three for 21 – including the wicket of Siriwardana, yorked off-stump in the final over.

In reply, Bangladesh were never in the hunt once they lost two wickets in the opening over without a run on the board.

Left-arm seamer Udeshika Prabodani (2-6) trapped Sanjida Islam lbw off the first ball of the innings and sent back Fargana Hoque Pinky three balls later, also lbw without scoring.

Nigar Sultana Joty resisted with 20 off 41 balls with two fours but seamer Chamari Athapaththu hurt the innings with three for 17 while Siriwardana returned with her off-spin to pick up two for 10, as Bangladesh folded without so much as a whimper.

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