Sri Lanka women beat West Indies women with 15 overs to spare

Saturday, 15 June 2024 - 18:11

Sri Lanka Women 198 for 4 (Samarawickrama 44*, Hasini 43, Gunaratne 40, Athapaththu 38, Alleyne 2-22, Fletcher 2-31) beat West Indies Women 195 (Matthews 38, Taylor 33, Kumari 3-30, Dilhari 3-41) by six wickets

Three-wicket hauls from Sugandika Kumari and Kavisha Dilhari set Sri Lanka up for their first women's ODI win over West Indies since 2015, the hosts going 1-0 up in the three-match series in Hambantota on Saturday.

Since that last win in 2015, Sri Lanka had lost their last six ODIs against West Indies going into this match.

Sent in, West Indies made a strong start, getting to 75 for 1 courtesy a 68-run second-wicket stand between Hayley Matthews and Shemaine Campbelle. They lost steam after left-arm spinner Kumari broke that partnership in the 19th over, losing their last eight wickets for 120 runs. Matthews (38) apart, only Stafanie Taylor (33) got past 30, as the spinners, led by Kumari and Dilhari, chipped away.

Sri Lanka's top five managed the chase perfectly, with four of them getting past 35. Captain Chamari Athapaththu (38) and Vishmi Gunaratne (40) got them off to a solid start, putting on 88 in 13.2 overs, before Sri Lanka stumbled briefly, losing three wickets for 13 runs, with two of them falling to the medium-pace of Aaliyah Alleyne.

Harshitha Samarawickrama (44*) and Hasini Perera (43), however, ensured there wouldn't be any more major hiccups, putting on 63 for the fourth wicket to all but seal victory, before Afy Fletcher picked up a consolation wicket late in the game.

First Innings: West Indies Women
West Indies Women were bowled out for 195 in 47.1 overs. The batting innings was anchored by Hayley Matthews, who scored a solid 38 off 53 balls, and Stafanie Taylor, contributing 33 off 56 balls. Despite their efforts, the team struggled to build substantial partnerships and succumbed to a disciplined bowling attack by Sri Lanka.

Sugandika Kumari was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka, delivering an impressive spell with figures of 9-30-3. Kavisha Dilhari also made significant inroads into the West Indies batting lineup, finishing with 3 wickets for 41 runs in 9.1 overs.

West Indies Women Batting Performance:
Hayley Matthews: 38 (53)
Stafanie Taylor: 33 (56)

Sri Lanka Women Bowling Performance:
Sugandika Kumari: 9-0-30-3
Kavisha Dilhari: 9.1-0-41-3

Second Innings: Sri Lanka Women
Chasing a target of 196, Sri Lanka Women showcased a commanding performance with the bat, reaching 198 for 4 in just 34.1 overs. Harshitha Madavi led the charge with a fluent 44 off 53 balls, well-supported by Hasini Perera, who scored 43 off 59 balls. Their solid start laid the foundation for a comfortable chase.

Aaliyah Alleyne and Afy Fletcher tried to halt the Sri Lankan advance, picking up 2 wickets each. However, their efforts were not enough to prevent Sri Lanka from clinching victory.

Sri Lanka Women Batting Performance:
Harshitha Madavi: 44 (53)
Hasini Perera: 43 (59)

West Indies Women Bowling Performance:
Aaliyah Alleyne: 6-0-22-2
Afy Fletcher: 5.1-0-31-2

Sri Lanka Women's cricket team showcased an excellent all-round performance, with both their bowlers and batters contributing significantly to the win. This match highlighted the depth and talent within the team, marking a memorable victory in their cricketing journey.

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