Sri Lanka go down fighting against Wales

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Sri Lanka go down fighting against Wales - Netball World Cup 2023
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 30: Phillipa Yarranton of Wales in action during the Netball World Cup 2023 Pool C match between Wales and Sri Lanka at Cape Town International Convention Centre Court 2 on July 30, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Netball World Cup 2023)

Sri Lanka pushed world rank 9 Wales but eventually lost 68-56 in their 3rd and final Pool C game in the Netball World Cup 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.

It was a close game at the beginning of the 1st quarter with Wales taking a 3-1 lead, but Sri Lanka equalized at 6-6 with Thishala Algama scoring back-to-back goals. At one time it was 10-9 but towards the end of the quarter Wales went on two 3-0 runs and closed the quarter 17-11.

Sri Lanka started off the 2nd quarter 2-4 run closing the gap to 19-15. But there on Wales went 11-7 to go into halftime 30-22 (13-11), with an 8-goal lead. Sri Lanka’s general play turnovers gave the advantage to the opposition. Around the 7th minute, Dulangi Wannithilake was subbed out due to an injury.

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Head Coach Thilaka Jinadasa brought in Tharjini Sivalingam to replace Algama and Wannithilake also returned for the 3rd quarter. The move seemed to have worked as Sri Lanka brought the gap down to just 5 goals at 41-36 in the 10th minute. But once again Wales closed the quarter on a high (9-4) to build a 10-goal lead at 50-40 (18-20).

Within 4 minutes in the last quarter Shanika Perera replaced Gayani Dissanayake and Malmi Hettiarachchi replaced Bhashini De Silva. Wales had a great start to the quarter (12-4) making it 62-44 and extending the lead to 18 goals. Sri Lanka did fight back thereafter with a 6-12 run it was not enough as the quarter ended 68-56 (18-16).

Sri Lanka shot 56/63 at 88.9% while Wales had 68/76 at 89.5%. Sri Lanka had 27 turnovers to Wales’ 18 which proved to be a vital statistic.

Tharjini Sivalingam scored 33/35 at 94.3% while Thishala Algama scored 16/21 at 76.2% while Semini Alwis shot 100% from 7/7 for Sri Lanka. For Wales, the 6’ 5’’ Georgia Rowe was almost perfect with 49/50 at 98% and Philipa Yarranton had 10/16 at 62.5%

Scorers

Wales – Georgia Rowe 49/50, Philipa Yarranton 10/16, Sarie Watkins 7/8 & Zoe Matthewman 2/2

Sri Lanka – Tharjini Sivalingam 33/35, Thishala Algama 16/21 & Semini Alwis 7/7

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