Sri Lanka joined Pakistan in the Trophy final and qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 with a victory over the Netherlands at YMCA by 33 runs (D/L Method).
The start of the match was delayed to due rain and reduced to 19 overs. Sri Lanka once again showed why it is in such great form this tournament, Jayangani (19) and Mendis (26) started off really well, Jayangani scoring 4 fours before she was run out by Braat, after confusion in the middle. Mendis tried to cut away a very straight delivery and was bowled by Bruning, with Sri Lanka on 79 runs for 2 wickets.
Rasangika was the star batter for Sri Lanka scoring 47 runs off 50 balls with 4 fours, playing some excellent shots. Kaushalya also chipped in with 33, taking the Sri Lanka totally up to 157 runs for 6 wickets in 19 overs.
More heavy rain fell between the innings and the YMCA ground staff did excellently to get play resumed; Duckworth Lewis came into play with Netherlands having 9 overs to achieve the new target of 85.
The openers started off promisingly, Veringmeier (14) and Rambaldo (22) tried to keep on the required run rate. Veringmeier was the first to go bowled by Gunaratne, followed by the incoming Siegers (1) bowled Siriwardene caught Rasangika. No other batter got into double figures and the game was then out of the Netherlands reach finishing on 51 runs for 4 wickets; losing by 33 runs (D/L Method). The Netherlands will play Ireland in the 3rd/4th Trophy play off.
Captain of Sri Lanka, Shashikala Siriwardene was delighted to have qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in 2014, ‘We were very disappointed with our performance in the last ICC World Twenty20, so am delighted we have now qualified as well with it being in the Asian region. Looking ahead to the Trophy Final we have played Pakistan quite a lot, so it will be a difficult match, but one we hope to win.’
Netherlands captain Denise Hannema was positive ahead of the Ireland match. ‘We are disappointed by today’s result, but we can take some positives out of the performance and bring that back on Wednesday, especially our positive batting. We can definitely sharpen our fielding up ahead of the next game and we are looking forward to it.’
Sri Lanka 157 for 6, 19 overs (Rasangika 47, Kaushalya 33*, Mendis 26; Bennett 2-34)
Netherlands 51 for 4, 9 overs (Rambaldo 22, Veringmeier 14; Gunaratne 1-10)
Sri Lanka won by 33 runs (D/L method)
Player of the Match: HMD Rasangika (Sri Lanka)
(Courtesy: International Cricket Council)