2018 WOMEN’S ASIA CUP:
Sri Lanka Women lost their decisive match against India who were stretched to the penultimate over in reaching a 107-run target with 7 balls to spare in the 2018 Women’s Asia Cup at the Royal Selangor Club Grounds, Kuala Lampur on Thursday.
The Lankan lasses, who made a late rally to stretch India down to the wire, would be ruing some rash batting that precluded a substantial score of 140-plus. Two successive runs outs of M. Shehani for 1 with the total on 69 for 3 wickets and skipper Sashikala Siriwardene for 2 at 74 for 4 proved costly. Also the dismissal of both openers Nipuni Hansika for 2 and Yasoda Mendis for 27 when looking well set with the total on 50 to stumpings had its toll. One drop batsman Hashini Perera resisted for a fighting unbeaten 46 off 43 balls inclusive of 4 boundaries but lacked the much needed support to carry the innings. The rot saw the next six batters fail to reach double figures.
India Women were pegged by some disciplined bowling by the Sri Lanka Women losing the first wicket for 21 in 5.2 overs and the second at 55 in 11.2 overs, and when a third that of H. Kaur (24) fell in the third ball of the 14th over it raised hope in the Lankan camp with the reigning champions needing a further 37 in 6.3 overs. But V. Krishnamurthy 29 off 23 and Anuja Patil 19 off 16 took their side home with Krishnamurthy striking a boundary off the fifth ball of the penultimate over.
Patil was adjudged the Player of the Match.
With this defeat Sri Lanka Women’s chances of staying in the tournament receded slipping to 4th in the points table next to Bangladesh with India, with this win, retaking the lead from Pakistan.
Sri Lanka Women 107/7 (20 Overs) Run Rate 5.35
(B.Y.A. Mendis 27, M.D.N. Hansika n.o. 46, E. Bisht 2/20)
India Women 110/7 (18.5 Overs) Run Rate 5.84
(V. Krishnamurthy n.o. 29, H. Kaur 24, M. Raj 23, A.A. Patil n.o. 19)
Player of the Match: Anuja Patil
By Srian Obeyesekere
-The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sri Lanka Cricket-