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Chamari guides Sri Lanka to easy win

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Chamari Atapttu  plays a shot
Chamari Atapttu plays a shot

Skipper Chamari Atapattu was in fine form once again stroking 57 in 29 balls and guided Sri Lanka to record an easy nine-wicket victory over Kenya in their Commonwealth qualifier women’s cricket tournament fixture played at Kinrara Academy Oval grounds in Malaysia yesterday.

Kenyan women put into bat first were managed to get only 87 for 6 wickets in their 20 overs while Sri Lankan lasses reached their target in 9.3 overs with nine wickets in hand. The only two players Queenter Abel (33) and Sarah Wetoto (29) were able to reach double figures while Sri Lankan bowlers made good performance from the beginning.

Chamari Atapattu and young Vishmi Gunaratne made a solid start to reach their winning target while they were adding 83 runs in 8.4 overs. The left hander Atapattu played an anchor role in making her second consecutive fifty of the tournament which included eight fours and three sixes also maintained a 196.55 strike rate. The 16-year-old Vishmi made an unbeaten 26 in the equal number of balls striking three fours. Chamari was named Player of the Match for the second consecutive time yesterday. The debutant Tharika Sewwandi was replaced in the Sri Lanka side for the experienced Udeshika Prabodhani the pace bowler who rested yesterday.

Both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh won their two matches and obtained four points each while Sri Lanka is on top with the highest run rate of 5.186 while Bangladesh had a 4.007 run rate. The five teams Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Scotland, and Malaysia are taking part in this tournament while the top team on the points table will qualify for the next Commonwealth Games. Meanwhile, the next Sri Lanka match against Malaysia is scheduled to be played tomorrow (22) at the same venue.

Chief scores

Kenya Women’s 87 for 6 wickets in 20 overs Queentor Abel 33, Sarah Wetoto 29, Inoka Ranaweera 1/15, Sachin I Nisansala 1/25, Kavisha Dilhari 1/11, Chamari Atapattu 1/10

Sri Lanka Women’s 89 for1 wicket in 9.3 overs Vishmi Gunaratne 26n.o, Chamari Atapattu 57, Esther Wachira 1/4. (D.R)

Friday, January 21, 2022 – 01:00

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