Sri Lanka disappoint in 1st Women’s WT20 warm-up

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The Sri Lanka Women’s cricket team succumbed to a disappointing 6 wicket defeat against New Zealand in their 1st warm-up game ahead of the ICC Women’s World T20 that is scheduled to begin on the 11th of November.

Sri Lanka Women leave for Caribbean shores

The Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket team departed the island..

After winning the toss at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, Kiwi skipper Amy Satterthwaite opted to field first in the warm-up encounter. Familiar batting troubles plagued the Lankan lasses as they slumped to 34/4 at the end of the 1st 10 overs.

Coming into the tournament, Skipper Chamari Atapattu was expected to play a key role for the Lionesses but she was not able to deliver on this occasion falling to Amelia Kerr for 12. 18-year-old Kerr broke the back of Sri Lanka’s innings, claiming the wickets of Atapattu, the big-hitting Eshani Lokusooriya and Shashikala Siriwardene, to finish with figures of 4/13 in 3 overs.

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Sri Lanka made a slight recovery during the latter half of the innings, thanks in large to the knock by Siriwardene, who made 30 off 35 deliveries. With all the batters getting a run in the middle, Sri Lanka would be disappointed by the fact that they only managed 98 in their allotted overs.

A promising start for the Lankans in the field saw New Zealand reduced to 3/11 inside 3 overs thanks to the run-outs of Satterthwaite and opener Anna Peterson. However, Suzie Bates, who has really enjoyed the bowling of Sri Lanka in the past, and Maddy Green, anchored the innings to ensure that the Kiwis got home with 2 overs to spare.

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Udeshika Prabodini was economical, bowling 3 overs for 8 runs and claiming the wicket of Katey Martin but none of the other bowlers were able to threaten the batters as New Zealand ran out winners by 6 wickets.

Scores

Sri Lanka: 98 all out (20) – Shashikala Siriwardene 30, Hasini Perera 13, Amelia Kerr 4/13, Jess Watkin 2/15

New Zealand: 99/4 (18) – Maddy Green 36, Suzie Bates 34, Udeshika Prabodini 1/8, Shashikala Siriwardene 1/19

Result – New Zealand won by 6 wickets