It is fair enough to state that our ladies were saved by the bell in their first World cup ICC T20 encounter against their Asian counter parts Pakistan. Winning the toss and electing to bat, the total accumulated by the Sri Lankan women was a paltry 108 all out, in their allotted 20 overs.
It is appalling to note, after sitting pretty on 66 for 1 wicket in the 11th over, the rest of the batting crumbled like a pack of cards to be bowled out for 108 is totally unacceptable. In other words, 9 wickets fell for 51 runs, and this will not please Harsha De Silva the women’s national coach, who is yeoman service as a professional coach.
Inoka Galegedara top scored with 25, inclusive of three boundaries, while Suvini de Alwis contributed to the cause with a run per ball 22. What happened to the rest of the batters? Two batswomen namely Silva and Dolawatte got into double figures of 12 runs each, but fell victim to the run out, a virus that had haunted the ladies even before the start of the series.
Credit must be given to Sri Lanka for winning this game by one run, but the crux of the matter is, it could have gone either way. Pakistani women will be kicking their heel and wondering how they could account for five run outs chasing such a mediocre total.
Sri Lanka bowled well, the fielding was sharp, and Pakistan women were guilty of not pacing their innings, and pressing panic buttons at the wrong time. With 2 balls to spare and five runs to win, Sri Lankan wicket keeper let go a bye which fetched 4 runs to the batting side. With two runs needed for a win off just final ball Batool Fatima was run out by Rasangika and that folly sealed a victory for the Lankan ladies.
The Sri Lankan women play the Kiwis in their second game tomorrow.
SRI LANKA WOMEN 108 ALL OUT IN 19.3 OVERS
INOKA GALAGEDERA 25
SUVINI DE ALWIS 22
SANA MIR 2 FOR 12
JAVERIA KHAN 2 FOR 24
PAKISTAN WOMEN 107 ALL OUT IN 20 OVERS
BISMAH MAROOF 42
LE KAUSHALYA 2 FOR 30