Sri Lanka once again showed its superiority with an 8 wicket victory over hosts Ireland.
Ireland batting first in the T20I, lost early wickets and were languishing on 3 runs for 5 wickets as Shillington (1), Isobel Joyce (1) who received her 100 cap and sister Cecelia Joyce (0) all fell. Kim Garth who scored 12 runs attempted to make the total look respectful. The Sri Lankan bowlers once again looked strong as Sripali Weerakkody and captain Shashikala Siriwardene both took two wickets a piece; as well three run outs by Sri Lanka. Elena Tice (14) down the order hit 2 fours and Ireland finished on 62 runs for 9 wickets in its 20 overs.
Sri Lanka’s reply was steady as openers Jayangani (10) and Mendis (20) including 3 fours, put on a solid start, before Jayangani was out, bowled Garth and caught behind by Waldron. Mendis was next to fall as Joyce trapped her lbw, leaving Sri Lanka on 39 runs for 2 wickets.
Deepika Rasangika (22) and captain Siriwardene (8) wrapped up victory in impressive style in 14.5 overs. Sri Lanka topped Group B and Ireland came second with both teams qualifying for the Trophy semi finals.
Sri Lanka captain Siriwardene said, ‘We are very happy to finish top of the table in Group B and a special mention to the bowlers who performed really well. Looking forward to our next match, we must keep the same level of performance to be in with a chance of qualifying for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.’
Isobel Joyce, Ireland captain looked forward to the next game, ‘We need to see what improvements can be made ahead of the Pakistan match, we have played them a lot and need to bounce back strong for the next match.’
Points table after round three:
Scores in brief:
Ireland 62 for 9, 20 overs (Tice 14, Garth 12; Weerakkody 2-10)
Sri Lanka 63 for 2, 14.5 overs (Rasangika 22*, Mendis 20; I Joyce 1-7)
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
Player of the Match: S Weerakkody (Sri Lanka)