Athapaththu Century Overshadows Mithali Raj Ton as Sri Lanka Women Earn Consolation Win

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Chamari Athapaththu’s fourth One-Day Worldwide century overshadowed Mithali Raj’s stylish ton as Sri Lanka Ladies lastly opened their account within the ICC Ladies’s Championship with a three-wicket win over India Ladies within the third and ultimate 50-over encounter on the FTZ Sports activities Advanced in Katunayake on Sunday (September 16). Regardless of the loss, India took the collection 2-1.India are presently positioned fourth within the 2017–20 ICC Ladies’s Championship desk with eight factors, and regardless of the victory, Sri Lanka stay on the backside (eighth) with simply two factors. The highest three groups within the desk, together with hosts New Zealand, will mechanically qualify for the 2021 World Cup.

Requested to bat, a 143-ball 125 from Raj and 62-ball 51 from Smriti Mandhana led India to 253 for five in 50 overs. In reply, Athapaththu (115) gave Sri Lanka a strong platform earlier than their lower-order someway managed to get the job completed with a ball to spare. The house workforce completed on 257 for 7 in 49.5 overs.

Hasini Perera and Athapaththu added 101 runs for the opening wicket to offer Sri Lanka a strong begin. Whereas Perera took a sedate method, Athapaththu was barely extra aggressive. Poonam Yadav (1 for 50) lastly gave India the primary breakthrough within the 24th over when the legspinner outfoxed Perera for 70-ball 45, studded with 4 fours and two sixes. Wicketkeeper-batter Anushka Sanjeewani (22) caught for some time earlier than getting knocked over by Jhulan Goswami (2 for 39).

It was Dayalan Hemalatha who introduced an finish to Athapaththu’s 133-ball knock, embellished with 13 fours and 4 maximums. Earlier than the mud had settled, Imalka Mendis (12) and Nilakshi de Silva (15 off 9) too perished shortly, leaving Sri Lanka with 31 runs to get in final 5 overs.

Nonetheless, Sripali Weerakkody (14*) and Kavisha Dilhari (12*) held their nerves and all of it boiled down to 6 off six deliveries. Dilhari then blasted Deepti Sharma for 4 within the penultimate ball to assist her workforce recover from the road.

Earlier, India misplaced Jemimah Rodrigues (nought) within the very first over however a 102-run partnership between Mandhana and Raj propelled the visiting aspect to a robust place. Each batters operated at respectable strike charges, with Mandhana smashing six fours throughout her keep within the center. The stand was lastly damaged within the 23rd over when Athapaththu removed Mandhana.

Harmanpreet Kaur (17) and Hemalatha (6) did not contribute a lot however Raj stored going and going and going on the different finish. She discovered an ready ally in Deepti Sharma as the 2 placed on 92 runs for the fifth wicket. Within the course of, Raj introduced up her seventh ODI century and likewise went previous her earlier highest ODI rating of 114 not out (v Eire in 1999).

Deepti acquired out for a 44-ball 38 within the ultimate over however Jhulan Goswami smoked a six within the penultimate supply to take India previous the 250-run mark. For Sri Lanka, Udeshika Prabodhani, de Silva, Shashikala Siriwardene, Athapaththu and Kavisha Dilhari took a wicket apiece.

The 2 groups will now be concerned in a five-match Twenty20 collection, ranging from Wednesday.

First Revealed: September 16, 2018, 5:55 PM IST


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