Sri Lanka’s Women’s team currently in the Caribbean for the ICC women’s T20 world cup 2010 put up with a sterling performance to beat West Indies ladies team by 38 runs and have squared the two match one day series at St Kites.
The women’s national team led by Chamani Seneviratne in preparation for the forthcoming ICC T20 World cup left for the Caribbean on the 14th of April well ahead of the World cup, to play two one day internationals and three T20 matches against host West Indies.
The Sri Lankan women lost the first game by two wickets; however the ladies turned things around in the second game to register a comprehensive win. National Coach Harsha De Silva who has worked hard with the girls will be mighty pleased the way the ladies rallied round and responded to the call of the hour.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Sri Lanka were bowled out in the 50th over for 198. Openers LDVV Silva and AC Jayangani laid a solid foundation by scoring 68 runs for the first wicket. Skipper Chamani Seneviratne and HASD Siriwardena also steadied the innings with a 48 run partnership for the 4th wicket. MADD Surangika batting lower down the order added value to Sri Lanka’s total with an unbeaten 26. AC Jayangani who opened the innings top scored with a well compiled 38, while skipper Seneviratne made 33.
The West Indian ladies will be disappointed with their bowling effort. They conceded 15 wides and 3 no balls to give away 27 extras to the visitors. PY Lavine bowled best for the host by scalping 4 wickets for 17 runs in 7.5 overs. SR Taylor and A Mohammed chipped in with a couple of wickets each.
The home team in pursuit of 199 for victory was never in the hunt. They lost wickets at regular intervals. The home team was also guilty yet again with their running between wickets. Similar to the first ODI they had 3 run outs in this game as well. If the Caribbean batswomen consolidated in the middle and established two good partnerships they would have been competitive. Credit to the Sri Lankan’s who bowled in the right areas and were consistent with their line and length.
SP de Alwis was outstanding with her left arm orthodox spin which enabled her to pocket three West Indian scalps while skipper Seneviratne not only bowled well but also marshaled her fielders by introducing the correct bowling changers to help bowl out the hosts in the 48th over for 160 runs.
Skipper Chamani Seneviratne was adjudicated as the player of the match. The one area the ladies need to address is the wide deliveries that are being bowled. They conceded 14 wides in this game which must be looked into before the big games.
SRI LANKA 198 ALL OUT IN 49.5 OVERS
LDVV SILVA 19
AC JAYANGANI 38
HASD SIRIWARDENA 20
CHAMANI SENEVIRATNE 33
SR TAYLOR 2 FOR 34
A MOHAMMED 2 FOR 33
PY LAVINE 4 FOR 17
WEST INDIES 160 ALL OUT IN 47.3 OVERS
SR TAYLOR 36
A MOHAMMED 23 NOT OUT
SF DALEY 28
SHAMAIN DE ALWIS 3 FOR 33