The Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket Team lost their first match at the Women’s T20 World Cup as they went down to the New Zealand Women’s Cricket team by 7 wickets today at WACA Ground in Perth. New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine guided her side th victory by scoring a brilliant half century.
After being put into bat first by the New Zealand Women skipper Sophie Devine, the Sri Lankan opening pair Hasini Perera and Chamari Athapatthu got off to a great start, putting 60 runs in 7.4 overs. Left-handed Perera made 20 runs off 28 balls with 2 fours while skipper Athapatthu, who enjoys batting against Australia, once again top scored with the bat, scoring 41 runs off 30 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 136.67.
However, Sri Lankan innings fell apart their dismissals as they posted only 127 runs for 7 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Harshitha Madavi also chipped in with 27 runs off 26 balls with a four and six. Left-arm seamer Hayley Jensen was the pick of the bowlers for the Kiwis as she grabbed 3 scalps for 16 runs. In addition to this, the 19-year old leg spinner did well with the ball, picking up 2 wickets for 21 runs.
Chasing a modest target of 128 runs to win, the New Zealand Women got off to a shaky start, losing opening batswoman Rachel Priest for just 6 runs in the 5th over. However, skipper Sophie Devine stroked a brilliant 75 runs off 55 balls, guiding her side to victory in the 18th over.
Kavisha Dilhari and skipper Chamari Athapatthu picked up a wicket each. The Sri Lanka Women will face the hosts Australia Women in their next game on the 24th of February at the same venue. Keep logged on to ThePapare.com for all the live updates, match reports and information on ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
Sri Lanka Women – 127/7 (20) Chamari Athapatthu 41, Harshitha Madavi 27*, Hasini Perera 20, Hayley Jensen 3/16, Amelia Kerr 2/21
New Zealand Women – 131/3 (17.4) Sophie Devine 75*, Maddy Green 29, Kavisha Dilhari 1/19, Chamari Athapatthu 1/26
Result – New Zealand Women won by 7 wickets