Sri Lanka ease to convincing win
Sri Lanka Women 195 for 8 (Dolawatte 41, Khadiza Tul Kubra 3-34) beat Bangladesh Women 131 for 8 (Prabodhani 3-19) by 64 runs
Sri Lanka Women started their preparations for the upcoming ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh with a convincing win against the hosts in the first of two matches. Sri Lanka's lower order made handy contributions to get them to 195 for 8 in 50 overs, and they then took early wickets to end the match as a contest. Bangladesh ended up crawling to 131 for 8 in their chase.
Sri Lanka were put in and both their openers got starts. Sandamali Dolawatte came in and anchored the innings, scoring 41 off 102 balls. But the run-rate was slow and when Eshani Kaushalya was run out in the 38th over, Sri Lanka were 117 for 6. The lower order gave the innings the final push it needed and 56 were taken off the last eight overs. No. 9 Chamani Seneviratna hit 28 off 24 balls and No. 10 Sripali Weerakkody hit two fours in the six balls she faced. Bangladesh offspinner Khadiza Tul Kubra took 3 for 34 in her 10 overs. Bangladesh's bowlers were generous and gave away 35 extras including 22 wides.
Udeshika Prabodhani scuppered the chase with three early wickets that reduced Bangladesh to 31 for 3. Runs came in a trickle after that and spinner Suwini de Alwis bowled her 10 overs for just 15 runs. Bangladesh's captain Salma Khatun scored 34 but Bangladesh were never in the chase and fell well short of the target.