India v Sri Lanka, Women's World Cup 2013, Mumbai

Sri Lanka in Super Six after another historic win

The Report by Abhishek Purohit in Mumbai

February 5, 2013

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Sri Lanka 282 for 5 (Rasangika 84, Siriwardene 59, Kaushalya 56*, Mendis 55) beat India 144 (Malhotra 38, Seneviratna 2-10) by 138 runs
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Sri Lanka's Eshani Kaushalya scored a quick 56, India v Sri Lanka, Women's World Cup 2013, Group A, Mumbai, February 5, 2013.
Eshani Kaushalya smashed 56 off 31 deliveries to push Sri Lanka to 282 © ICC/Solaris Images

Less than a week ago, few Sri Lankans apart from the players' families and board officials knew the country had a women's cricket team, according to the captain Shashikala Siriwardene. On February 1, a shock last-ball win against England, for the first time ever, led to the team manager Mr Aroos being besieged by phone calls from Sri Lankan media until midnight. If Aroos manages to get any sleep tonight, he'll be lucky.

After accounting for England, his band of girls has knocked hosts India out of the Women's World Cup, beating another big side for the first time. Not only do they qualify for the Super Sixes, they carry with them two points, after their victory against England who have also qualified for the next stage. While it may be too early to compare them to Arjuna Ranatunga's world beaters of 1996, the temptation could become harder to resist if Siriwardene and Co continue in the same uninhibited vein.

To beat India convincingly two days after a 209-run walloping at the hands of West Indies needed an uninhibited display alright, from cricketers who had achieved little in their careers so far. Deepika Rasangika, with a batting average of 12, swung her way to a brisk 84 at No. 3. Eshani Kaushalya, she of all those brawny boundaries against England and still having an average of 15, blasted her second frenetic 56 in five days. Yasoda Mendis and Siriwardene were there as solid bulwarks once again. In the chase, Kaushalya and Udeshika Prabodhani gave little width, unlike the India bowlers, and Mithali Raj and Co fell apart without any fight. They needed 283 to win, 251 to make the Super Six ahead of West Indies, and they folded up for 144.

Sri Lanka lost Chamari Atapattu, the trailblazer against England, to the fifth ball of the game after choosing to bat. Rasangika and Mendis responded with a century stand at five runs an over. Rasangika didn't seem to have too many strokes, she needed little more than the cut and the slap through covers. India, especially Jhulan Goswami, kept providing her width, and she kept hitting fours. Mendis wasn't differentiated against, and she didn't let width go unpunished either. India looked nowhere close to breaking through at any stage of the innings, their fielding soon ceased to be of much help in stemming the run flow.

Mendis' departure in the 25th over to a steepling mishit to mid-on with the score on 121 brought in Siriwardene, and after profiting from more width outside off, she started lofting boundaries elegantly over extra cover. A half-century stand followed which ended when Rasangika mishit to extra cover in the 40th over. Sri Lanka were 188 for 3 at that stage, already on the way to a stiff total.

Kaushalya was to put it further out of India's reach, helping Sri Lanka take 92 off the last nine overs. Her hitting range was mostly straight, including three sixes, the last of which came off the final ball of the innings. Gouher Sultana leaked 17 runs in that last over as Kaushalya kept battering the straight boundary.

India's chase never was as Sri Lanka gave them next to nothing to hit out against. Prabodhini, a left-armer bowling loopy inswingers with a short trundle, settled on a testing good length. Kaushalya caught Poonam Raut on the pads with one that nipped in sharply under the lights.

Raj had to fire if India were to make anything of the match. She did time a few beautiful drives through the off side but Prabodhini took her out, trapped in front pushing outside the line to an inswinger. Harmanpreet Kaur, defiant centurion against England, cut her second ball from Chamani Seneviratna to backward point. Thirush Kamini, unable to beat the infield in her 49-ball stay, edged Sripali Weerakkody awkwardly to the wicketkeeper. At 50 for 4 in the 18th over, India's World Cup was already all but over.

When Seneviratna trapped No. 11 Shubhlakshmi Sharma in front in the 43rd over, Sri Lanka's initial reaction said it all. They just walked smilingly towards each other, revelling silently in confirmation of their progression to the Super Six and having consigned India to the seventh-place playoff against Pakistan.

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Posted by Sinhaya on (February 8, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

@gnanzcupid, absolutely wrong. Umpires never helped us win the 3rd ODI at all. You might have watched some live club match for sure. We lost wickets all because of our hurry to finish off the game. Our tail showed perfect resistance in the MCG ODI in Nov 2010 when Angelo and Malinga posted the record 9th wicket ODI stand of 133. Are you new to cricket not to be aware of tail fightbacks by Sri Lanka???

You have no identity nor a team. You are just a born hater of Sri Lanka. Grow up dude you know nothing about cricket. Thirimanne is great too and no one can deny that.

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 8, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

@gnanzcupid.For your comment about chandimal. He has scored over 1000 runs outside Sub-continent with an average of over 50. He only failed in the subcontinent wickets. Otherwise he would be having 40+ average in ODIs. We have no need overate him. His stats shows everything. If he is overated then can you show me a youngster from subcontinent who has a better record than chandimal in outside the subcontinent.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (February 7, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

@sinhaya lankans won the 3rd odi just by 4 wickets,not a 10.Lankans dint get out trying to get to the target soon.The pitch was really good for bowling.the aussies messed up with few run outs,some umpiring errors(though i dont blame the umpires) and lankans just managed to scrape through. Aussies could have been right back into the game had they chipped in with an extra wicket,that would have exposed the tail and would have created big pressure.Aussies are traditionally known for not letting the tails of weaker teams can understand basic cricket only by trying to think logically and not being a fanatic. The people in this forum can read this forum and understand who the real troll is. haha grow up dude. Lanka is really an overrated team. Chandimal and thirimanne are being overrated before they had proved themselves.

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 7, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

@gnanzcupid, ah lucky to win after getting Aussies all out for 74?? Haha did umpires help us win? Prove where we were lucky. We wanted to finish off the chase quickly and aggressive shots meant we threw wickets away. No one can deny we won except a troll like you who will have a cool excuse rather than accepting we won.

I know about our test record and that is an area we must improve.

Chandimal and Thirimanne are very good players except for trolls like you. Chandimal is perfectly upto test standard. We can survive PERFECTLY SANS Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan and Herath. Angelo Mathews is all ready indeed. Kushal Perera is already looking even better than Mahela. Even Thisara Perera has perfectly cemented his place. Karunaratne will soon join the ODI team and will make a big difference. Our future is bright and contrary to your wish and will.

Posted by Indiana_jones99 on (February 7, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

England scored their required 103 runs in 35 overs. Only an incredible 1.4 slower than scored by WI. That is an incredible run rate of 2.94 runs per over. It is not as if they suffered an early setback. The first wicket did not fall until 66, 37 ru

England scoring the required runs in 20 overs WI net RR would have been -0.23 If it was 25 overs then net RR -0.05. This would have meant India requiring another 27 runs (20 overs) or 53 runs (25 overs). Instead of a target of 251 it would have been 171 (20 overs) or 197 runs (25 overs).

If this is deliberate go slow tactic by England then it may backfire on England at supersix stage. England could have had net RRs of +1.21 (20 over win against WI) +1.0 (25 overs ). Currently they are in 4th place with net RR of +0.64 behind WI (+1.66) and NZ (+0.97) which would have placed them in 2nd place with 4 teams on 2 points this could have crucial effect. Because WI net RR would have dropped to +1.2 (20 overs), +1.05 (25 overs). Time will tell

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