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Siriwardene guides Sri Lanka into final

In the tri-nation series in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Women has accrued 15 points and has ensured a place in the final. Pakistan Women have 5 points with a net run rate of -1.079. Bangladesh Women have nil points with a net run rate of -1.397. One of these two teams would clash against Sri Lanka Women in the final.

A captain’s knock

On 11th February 2009, Sri Lanka Women defeated Pakistan Women by 115 runs at Khulna Divisional Stadium. This match was restricted to 34 overs per side. Pakistan Women won the toss and opted to field first. Sri Lanka Women was quickly reduced to 3 for 15. Hiruka Fernando and Shashikala Siriwardene, the captain, struck a crucial partnership of 66 runs that was broken when Fernando was run out. She made 24 runs in 35 deliveries with the aid of 2 boundaries. Siriwardene was the only Sri Lankan batsman to hit a half century. She faced 72 deliveries and hit 66 runs inclusive of 1 sixer and 10 fours. There were useful contributions from Eshani Kaushalya and Dilani Manodara. The former scored 26 runs in 26 deliveries and the latter remained unbeaten on 25. There were 29 extras as Sri Lanka Women reached a total of 207 for 9 wickets in 34 overs.

Collapse after good start

The opening pair of Pakistan Women collected 35 runs in10.3 overs and this partnership was broken when Bismah Maroof was bowled by Hiruka Fernando for 18 in 35 balls. Pakistan Women lost wickets in quick succession and was bowled out for 92 in 33.3 overs. Fernando picked up 3 wickets in 5 overs, while conceding 14 runs. Suwini de Alwis bowled 7 overs, gave away 10 runs and made 3 dismissals.

Abhay burande
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