Sri Lanka women post close victory

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Sri Lanka women post close victory

Opting to bat first after turning lucky with the coin, Sri Lanka made a positive start with opener Chimera Jayangani scoring an aggressive 31 from only 23 deliveries including three boundaries.

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Published: Sat 17 Jan 2015, 12:44 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:47 PM

Sri Lankan lead the three T20I series 1-0. — Supplied photo

Sri Lankan lead the three T20I series 1-0. — Supplied photo

Dubai: Sri Lanka women registered a close eight-run victory over Pakistan in the first T20 International held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday. After having lost all the three ODI matches, this victory came as a refreshing change for the Sri Lankan team who lead the three T20I series 1-0.

Opting to bat first after turning lucky with the coin, Sri Lanka made a positive start with opener Chimera Jayangani scoring an aggressive 31 from only 23 deliveries including three boundaries.

She shared two small but crucial partnerships to set the ball rolling. Jayngani along with Prasadani Weerakkody (5) put on 29 runs for the first wicket and then added 19 runs for the second wicket with Hasini Perera (15). At 48 for two in 6 overs, Sri Lanka needed a strong show to keep the momentum going. Dilani Manodara provided the perfect answer scoring a fine unbeaten half century from only 40 deliveries including five hits to the boundary.

She milked a vital 47 runs for the fifth wicket with Eshani Kaushalya, who hit a quick 21-ball 27 studded with three boundaries as Sri Lanka reached a competitive 151 for five in 20 overs. Pakistan made a strong start with openers Marina Iqbal and Javeria Khan putting on a half century association. Javeria Khan was aggressive in her approach blasting a 28-ball 40 before Bismah Maroof carried over the good work to hammer a fine 50 not out from only 45 deliveries including five boundaries.

At 87 for three, Pakistan were well on their way to an easy victory before quick wickets including two run outs dented their progress.

Bismah Maroof fought hard but could only manage 143 for eight in 20 overs. Inoka Ranaweera and Ama Kanchana claimed two wickets each for Sri Lanka.



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