Shashikala, Eshani shine in Lankan victory
Sri Lanka women cricketers recorded a convincing 45 run victory over
Pakistan in their fourth appearance of the Women's Asia Cup Cricket
Tournament match which was worked off at the Welagedera Stadium in
This was their second win over Pakistan in this championship. The
visiting skipper Uoorj Mumtaz bowled a brilliant spell to take four
wickets for 31 runs to lead the Pakistani bowling attack to restrict Sri
Lanka to a modest total of 194.
Sri Lanka did not make a big impact in front of the Pakistani bowlers
after they were put into bat. Only Lankan skipper Shashikala Siriwardena
and Eshani Kaushalya were able to go big scores.
Shashikala scored 34 before she was caught by the Pakistani Keeper
and Eshani collected 44 before being run out in the 42nd over.
The Sri Lankan batting was not persuasive as it was in the previous
meeting with Pakistani women. Sri Lanka scored 225 for five at Dambulla
in their first meeting in this tournament.
Four players got out before they get to the two digit mark. Chamani
Seneviratne scored 18 while Deepika Rasangika was not out on 16. Sajjida
Shah captured two wickets for 29 for the Pakistani team while Asmavia
Iqbal and Almas Akram took a wicket each.
When the Pakistanis came into bat, they faced early disaster as both
their openers departed quickly for cheap scores. Bismah Maroof was the
first to go. Chamani Seneviratne had her LBW in the first over of the
innings when the total stood at 3. Maroof departed for just one run.
Tasqueen Qadeer too fallowed her to the dressing room after a short
while. She scored seven runs as she too was LBW and this time the bowler
being Chamari Polgampola.
After that, Sajjida Shah and Uoorj Mumtaz teamed up to build a
compelling partnership of 74 runs to lift their team to a secured stage.
Shah made 27 before she was run out off an excellent piece of field work
done by the Lankan skipper Shashikala.
The Pakistani captain Mumtaz continued with her good work as she
recorded her first half century in the tournament. But soon after she
was caught brilliantly at mid wicket by Rasangika at 57 with the total
From there onwards, the visitors did not look confident on what they
were on for. The rest of the batting collapsed with wickets falling at
regular intervals. They could add only 50 runs to their score.
Chamari Polgampola took four wickets for 26 runs for the Lanka team
while while Eshani Kaushalya captured 3 for 25 to lead the Lankan
Final at Welagedera as planned
Despite the rumours that the final of the ongoing tournament is going
to be played at the SSC or Rangiri Dambulla International stdium, the
SLC officials confirmed that it will take place at the Welagedera
Stadium as scheduled.
Earlier on, the Indian team management requested the SLC to shift the
venue of the final due to the ground facilities. But it was clear that
there were far more attraction of spectators at the Welagedera Stadium
than the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium. A considerable amount of spectators
were seen at Kurunegala throughout the tournament.
SRI LANKA INNINGS
Dedunu Silva lbw b Iqbal 16
Chamari Polgampola c Fatima b Akram 8
Shashikala Siriwardene c Fatima b Shah 34
Sewini de Alwis c Sana Mir b Sajjida Shah 5
Chamani Seneviratna lbw b Urooj Mumtaz 18
Eshani Kaushalya run out (Javeria Khan) 44
Dilani Maodara c Javeria Khan b Mumtaz 0
Shiromala Weerakkody c & b Urooj Mumtaz 13
Inoka Galagedara st Fatima b Mumtaz 7
Sandamali Dolawatte not out 5
Deepika Rasangika not out 16
Extras (b 2, lb 5, w 21) 28
Total (9 wickets; 50 overs) 194
Fall of wickets: 1-27 , 2-27, 3-57, 4-82, 5-113, 6-118, 7-153, 8-161, 9-174
Bowling: Asmavia Iqbal 1/37, Almas Akram 1/19.
Sajjida Shah 2/29, Urooj Mumtaz 4/31
Tasqeen Qadeer lbw b Kumarihami 7
Bismah Maroof lbw b Seneviratna 1
Sajjida Shah run out 27
Urooj Mumtaz c Rasangika b Kaushalya 57
Sana Javed c Siriwardene b Kaushalya 19
Nain Abidi c & b Polgampola 18
Almas Akram st Surangika b Kumarihami 1
Sana Mir not out 6
Asmavia Iqbal lbw b Kumarihami 1
Javeria Khan run out 3
Batool Fatima b Kaushalya 0
Extras (w 9) 9
Total (all out; 45 overs) 149
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-12, 3-86, 4-109, 5-133, 6-135, 7-139, 8-140, 9-145, 10-149
Bowling: Chamani Seneviratna 1/20, Chamari Polgampola 4/26, Eshani Kaushalya 3/25