Sri Lanka led by the reliable Tharjini Sivalingam, won their match 74-61 in the 1st encounter of the Cup category against home team Singapore in the ‘11th Asian Netball Championship 2018’ at the OCBC Arena, Singapore.
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Coming off a dominant performance in the group stages, beating Chinese Taipei 137-5 and India 101-29, Sri Lanka showed no signs of slowing down in the tournament, taking on a strong Singapore team.
The hosts had the better of the first few couple of exchanges, going into a 7-4 lead within the opening 5 minutes of the game. However, thanks largely to Tharjini Sivalingam’s impeccable shooting, the visitors clawed their way back to claim an 18-12 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.
Sri Lanka carried the momentum into the 2nd quarter, racing to a 28-18 lead. The visitors’ Goal Attack Hasitha Mendis hardly got a shot at goal as the passes to Sivalingam rained in. The Lankan legend hardly put a foot wrong, putting up a characteristically accurate display.
Singapore fought back during the latter part of the half, as Sindhu Nair replaced Chen Lili at Goal Keeper, scoring a few back-to-back goals. But Sri Lanka kept a hold on the lead at half time, with the scores on 37-28 (19-16).
Half Time – Sri Lanka 37 – 28 Singapore
Singapore wrung the changes in the 3rd quarter but it made no difference to the game as Sri Lanka continued to extent the lead. Despite taking a considerable lead during the 1st half, there was no holding back for the visitors as they went into the break before the final quarter leading 58-42 (21-14).
The 11th Asian Netball Championships will commence at the OCBC Arena at Singapore Sports Hub, Singapore on the 1st of September…
Singapore fought back to win the 4th quarter 16-19, a morale booster after losing the first three quarters. For Singapore Charmaine Soh played a brilliant game who shot from distance with almost perfect execution.
Full Time – Sri Lanka 74 – 61 Singapore