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Sri Lanka bow out with heart-breaking loss

ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023

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POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 24: Rashmi Nethranjalee of Sri Lanka cuts a dejected figure following the ICC Women's U19 T20 World Cup 2023 Super 6 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at North-West University Oval on January 24, 2023 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. (Photo by Nathan Stirk-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

The Sri Lanka U19s bowed out of the T20 World Cup with a heartbreaking 1-run loss against hosts South Africa in their final Super 6 game in Potchefstroom.

The visitors were already out of contention for the semi-finals of the competition at the beginning of the game, but that didn’t see them drop any intensity. In fact, the game saw perhaps Sri Lanka’s best effort in the field in the whole tournament, with a number of brilliant outfield catches being taken.

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It was the spin twins Vidushika Perera and Dewmi Vihanga who once again shone with the ball, picking up 5 wickets between them in slow conditions. Among the highlights of Sri Lanka’s fielding efforts were catches by Dulanga Dissanayake, Rashmi Nethranjali and Umaya Rathnayake in the deep.

Sri Lanka’s chase started off sedately, but once she got going, Nethmi Senarathna was a treat to watch, with some spectacular shots on the off. The slow start did put some pressure on the middle order, but Sri Lanka stayed in the game thanks to a 42-run partnership between Senarathna and Vihanga.

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At 90/3 in 16 overs, Sri Lanka were in with a big chance of causing an upset, but the wicket of Vihanga in the 18th over was a big blow to the visitors. The late middle order kept trying, bringing the equation down to 6 off the last 3 deliveries. A run-out and a stumping followed, leaving the new batter, No. 10 Nethranjali needing 5 off the last delivery. She swung hard but could only manage a 4, leaving Sri Lanka.

Result


South Africa Women U19
134/7 (20)

Sri Lanka Women U19
133/8 (20)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Miane Smit st Sumudu Nisansala b Dewmi Vihanga 8 8 1 0 100.00
Simone Lourens b Dewmi Vihanga 14 14 2 0 100.00
Kayla Reyneke c Dulanga Dissanayke b Vidushika Perera 43 49 2 0 87.76
Madison Landsman c Rashmi Nethranjali b Harini Perera 21 12 4 0 175.00
Jenna Evans c Umaya Rathnayake b Vihara Sewwandi 22 15 3 0 146.67
Karabo Meso c Rashmi Nethranjali b Vidushika Perera 12 14 1 0 85.71
Oluhle Siyo st Sumudu Nisansala b Vidushika Perera 3 5 0 0 60.00
Anica Swart not out 7 3 1 0 233.33


Extras 4 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 3, pen 0)
Total 134/7 (20 Overs, RR: 6.7)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Rashmi Nethranjali 3 0 30 0 10.00
Dewmi Vihanga 4 0 22 2 5.50
Vidushika Perera 4 0 25 3 6.25
Harini Perera 2 0 17 1 8.50
Vihara Sewwandi 4 0 24 1 6.00
Dulanga Dissanayke 3 0 15 0 5.00


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Nethmi Senarathna st Karabo Meso b Kayla Reyneke 36 49 3 1 73.47
Sumudu Nisansala run out (Monalisa Legodi) 5 10 1 0 50.00
Vishmi Gunarathne c Simone Lourens b Madison Landsman 12 17 1 0 70.59
Dewmi Vihanga c Jenna Evans b Kayla Reyneke 37 23 3 3 160.87
Manudi Nanayakkara c Madison Landsman b Refilwe Moncho 17 9 2 1 188.89
Vidushika Perera run out (Jenna Evans) 6 4 0 0 150.00
Dulanga Dissanayke st Karabo Meso b Miane Smit 6 6 0 0 100.00
Vihara Sewwandi run out (Ayanda Hlubi) 1 1 0 0 100.00
Umaya Rathnayake not out 0 0 0 0 0.00
Rashmi Nethranjali not out 4 1 1 0 400.00


Extras 9 (b 0 , lb 4 , nb 0, w 5, pen 0)
Total 133/8 (20 Overs, RR: 6.65)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Miane Smit 4 1 13 1 3.25
Refilwe Moncho 4 0 33 1 8.25
Seshnie Naidu 4 0 31 0 7.75
Kayla Reyneke 4 0 16 2 4.00
Madison Landsman 2 0 21 1 10.50
Monalisa Legodi 2 0 15 0 7.50