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

Kaushalya sets up historic win for Sri Lanka

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

February 1, 2013

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Sri Lanka Women 244 for 9 (Atapattu 62, Kaushalya 56) beat England Women 238 for 8 (Gunn 52, Jones 41) by one wicket
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Eshani Kaushalya scored 56 off 41 deliveries, England v Sri Lanka, Women's World Cup 2013, Group A, Mumbai, February 1, 2013
Eshani Kaushalya smashed 56 off 41 deliveries to help Sri Lanka keep up with the required rate towards the end of the innings © ICC/Solaris Images

Until today, Sri Lanka Women had never beaten any of the big four sides - Australia, England, India, and New Zealand. They chose to start with the biggest scalp of them all, on the biggest stage of them all. There have been some huge upsets in men's World Cup history, but a defending champion going down first match against one of the weakest teams has to rank on par, if not above them.

The powerfully-built seam-bowling allrounder Eshani Kaushalya set up a nerve-shredder of a last-ball result with an unrelenting assault, her strong forearms responding to her unshakeable belief, and drilling boundary after boundary past, and over, helpless England fielders. The match had been Sri Lanka's to lose, when they needed 97 runs to win with nine wickets remaining. But England, having already fought back earlier with the bat, were up for another scrap.

They started striking, and Sri Lanka, known for losing steam after promising openings, started falling apart. Even as her team-mates kept coming and going, Kaushalya, strapping shoulders and arms to match, took Sri Lanka closer. The asking-rate was already more than a run a ball when she came in at No. 6 with 82 more required. And it wasn't until her 11th delivery that she found the boundary, when she swung Hally Colvin to the deep midwicket rope. She was on 3 off 10 before the shot. She was to take 53 off her next 31.

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  • Sri Lanka's win is their first in 29 completed ODIs against one of England, Australia, New Zealand or India. It's England's second World Cup defeat against a team other than Australia, New Zealand or India.
  • Sri Lanka won by one wicket off the last ball of the match - both are firsts in Women's World Cup.
  • Sri Lanka's total of 244 is the highest by any team batting second in the World Cup.
  • It's only the second successful run-chase of a target of 190 or more in 79 attempts in a World Cup game. The previous one was by New Zealand against India in 2009.
  • Sri Lanka struck five sixes, including the final hit of the match. It's the first time any side has struck more than four sixes in a World Cup game against England, and the second time in any ODI against them.

A couple of straight sixes against the spinners arrived, followed by consecutive fours to wide long-off against Arran Brindle. In the same over, the 46th, Brindle took out Sri Lanka's seventh wicket. In the 47th, and her last, Katherine Brunt, the premier England fast bowler, conceded just four. The asking-rate had touched ten when Kaushalya exploded, taking 16 off the 48th bowled by Jenny Gunn. Gunn had top-scored for England with 52, but had put down Kaushalya on 10 at wide long-on in the 43rd over.

Kaushalya made Gunn pay dearly for that drop and some low full tosses. A misfield at mid-on produced three, and got Kaushalya on strike. She cracked three of the next four deliveries for fours, targetting wide long-off and extra cover again. With 13 needed off the final two overs, Sri Lanka were now ahead.

But the defending champions didn't give up. Danielle Hazell gave just four in the 49th, and took a wicket, leaving Sri Lanka to get nine off the last over. Kaushalya came on strike second ball, and promptly dispatched Georgia Elwiss over the deep square-leg rope. Kaushalya jumped for joy, and the celebrations had started in the Sri Lanka camp.

On the third ball, Kaushalya mishit high in the air and rushed for a single, only for the bowler to drop the catch close to the non-striker's stumps, and for England to put in a desperate, unsuccessful appeal for obstruction. In her own desperation to earn the remaining run needed for victory, Kaushalya charged up too far fourth ball and was run out for 56 off 41.

The wicketkeeper Dilani Manodara found backward point off the fifth ball as Charlotte Edwards ordered every England fielder inside the circle. With a tie looming, Manodara got a good length final delivery, sent it soaring over deep midwicket and went down screaming on her knees as her team-mates mobbed her.

Although Kaushalya and Manodara got them over the line, it wasn't to take away anything from the century-opening stand between Yasoda Mendis and Chamari Atapattu, the latter especially surprising England with an aggressive mindset from the beginning. Pulling, driving, sweeping, cutting, steering her way to 62 off 72, Atapattu brought the game alive again, after it seemed England had escaped to a challenging score. The stage was set for the captain Shashikala Siriwardene to be counted with a brisk 34, and for Kaushalya to perform the act of her career and overcome England's second fightback on the day.

The first had been necessitated when, after being asked to bat, England were stuttering at 29 for 3. Edwards had walked across to be bowled by Kaushalya, and Danielle Wyatt and Lydia Greenway had gone leg-before to the tossed-up deliveries of Chamani Seneviratna. Brindle and Heather Knight made thirties to steady things with several easy singles, helped by Siriwardene keeping three, largely idle fielders in the deep on the leg side.

A needless run-out ended that partnership and brought Gunn to the middle. Gunn and the keeper Amy Jones, debuting in place of the injured Sarah Taylor, pushed the score towards 200. England took 79 off the final seven overs, helped by some big hitting from Brunt and Hazell. The late push seemed to have given England enough cushion; Kaushalya was to push harder.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (February 2, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

@CrICkeeet How come grade 8 England are the current World Champion. If you want to see grade 8 go and see IPL.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (February 2, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

Well Done SL girls. SL boys India in the first Wold Cup match in 79 then they won after 4 WCups they won WC in 96. Sl girls also can WC after another 4 WC's or before if you work hard.

Posted by   on (February 2, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

Fantastic match, fantastic display of wonderful cricketing shots! The opener Ms Atapattu is stroking the ball better than TM Dilshan!!! Keep going, bring us the lost world cup, GIRLS YOU CAN DO IT, we are watching!!!

Posted by kalins on (February 2, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

Great!!!! SL Men's team will provide support to them to become like them soon... We are proud to be LIONS!!!!

Posted by xylo on (February 2, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

You only have to read through the commentary for this match to answer the questions raised by the women teams about receiving step-motherly treatment when compared to the men.

Posted by charithdasun on (February 2, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

This is really what we wan't from our men's side. The real great fighting spirit Great courage shown by Eshani Kaushalya she & her team mates should have every credit very deservingly. The opener Chamari Attapatu looks clearly class above from all other SL batters. Well this is equally good as SL men team at their best or if not better Wish U All the Best SL girls

Posted by ramesh_rocks on (February 2, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

It was very exciting game, Well done SriLanka. I want this WC to stay in subcontinent. Bset of luck Ind, Sri, Pak..

@Nutcutlet- I am not sure if BCCI is doing anything for advertising women's WC but we can see many ads these days about WWC on Indian Tv channels.This is first time that many of us are watching women team playing cricket.

Posted by MilroyL.S.A.Don on (February 2, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

These type of wins are good for Sri Lankan ladies cricket!!!!

Posted by   on (February 1, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

1st time i,ve watched SL women cricket match it,s awsome fight full action . good luck upcome matches and keep it up , well done.

Posted by Herath-UK on (February 1, 2013, 21:42 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka an amazing win!I'm sure this is going to be a huge turning point for the Sri Lankan Ladies as was the 1996 WC for the men. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by 21tu on (February 1, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

well done SL team.CONGRATES!!...I knew you will win in todays game although England scored 200+.The more games you play the more experiance you have.unfortunatly we asians dont have much matches for the womens team.So it will take same time for the SL Womans team toform a strong team. By beating England you got the taste of winning spirit..I wish SL Women too can face other teams & be a treat to them in the future. Best of Luck for the rest of the matches SL GIRLS.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 1, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

Well played SL. Disappointed for England. I left when SL were 5 down with the runrate climbing so did not see the whole game. I hope Sarah Taylor is available for the next game

Posted by Kapil_Choudhary on (February 1, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

This was an upset similar to India defeating West Indies at the start of the 1983 world cup, just MUCH MUCH BIGGER !!!!!

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (February 1, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

This is amazing.what a clinical perfomance by Sri Lanka.congratz to SL team & their fans.This result will be the turning point of entire womens cricket.

Posted by BlorScouser on (February 1, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka for pulling off this massive upset. Didn't watch the game, but from what I've read, it seems to have been one of the more competitive games this year in all forms of cricket. Glad that this tournament is on TV, will watch the games broadcasted.

Posted by sabb786 on (February 1, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

congrats to srilankan lioness better performance then mens

Posted by SL-RokZ on (February 1, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

I'd rather watch SL women's cricket rather than men's.... this so called "professionalism" in SL men's team created nothing but selfishness among individual players & they no longer play for their country nor they have the urge for victory... its all about money for them now... no real performance, but full of blunt talking... wish u all the very best Ladies to become a better team in the arena...

Posted by mark2011 on (February 1, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

congratz to SL team.. good have such a fighting act from Sl women team and its has captured everyones attension to WWC series. Hope u gals keep good work for the rest of the matches and bring some honour to motherland. I wish u all the best and strength to progress for latter stages... well done and god bless u!!!

Posted by DilumSL on (February 1, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

First time that i watched SL women team in action and i am truly happy that i watched the game. I never knew that they have this fighting spirit. Proud of you girls. Congradzzz to you and good luck with the rest of the tournament. I'll watch the next games for sure.

Posted by TheCricketConnoiseur on (February 1, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

As an Indian fan, this was one of the first women's games I have seen, and truly as NutCutlet puts it - one of the best games I have seen in recent times independent of gender. Thrilling game with an amazing script and add to that an utterly unfancied team short of experience and infrastructural support (relative to their opponents) outplaying their opponents in a very professional manner. The margin of victory won't suggest but England were outplayed. It is amazing to see the women playing quite high-quality cricket for all the bad press or rather no press that they get and surely with fan support and encouragement their game can improve drastically. They say the men are overburdened with too much cricket because of boards wanting a cricket match every day - if they promote the women's games, the men can relax on half of the days! Cricket can go the Tennis way and the women's game can come on an equal footing. Hasnt really happened in any other major sport but cricket can lead the way

Posted by kandykolla on (February 1, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Well done lionesses !! Keep it up !! BBC was giving big publicity for their women cricketers but didn`t expect this !!! Almost all of the Lankan girls were recruited by the forces few years back as they could not afford their cricket expenses ! Now only Lankan cricket board setting up the platform for U-19 girls tournament !! Don`t worry we have the talent but it will take sometime to polish and get used to international level...........!!!!

Posted by ALSL on (February 1, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Congratulations SL.......Wow what a match....Super batting by Kaushalya is simply owesome.. Wish u all the best for future matches.....

Posted by Nutcutlet on (February 1, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

For those of you who are a little sniffy about women's cricket, this match was one of the best I have seen for a long time, independent of gender. SL showed tremendous character, Ms Kaushalya's blast-off lifting her side to a famous victory after a sound century opening stand had laid the foundations. The pace of the cricket was brisk (putting the men's slo-mo game to shame); the skill factor was much in evidence & even if England's fielding & catching was well below their usual high standard there was a sense of purpose & a business-like approach from both sides. All in all, a tremendous advertisement for cricket. (And I didn't say women's cricket!) I just wonder how much publicity this WC is getting in India. Are the BCCI giving it lots of advertising & air-time? I would like to think so & would be interested in reading any replies from Indian fans. Well done, SL! And thank you to both sides for the high quality entertainment. Let's have lots more of it!

Posted by ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on (February 1, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Congratulations to our lionesses !!! great stuff..keep it up....

Posted by Dinee on (February 1, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

Congratulations SRI LANKA. All the best for the rest of the matches. Bring the World cup to SL.

Posted by Baundele on (February 1, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

Women cricket needs more attention from the ICC. It was a terrific win by SL against the No. 1 team in Women's cricket. I am looking forward to see the Bangladesh Women team also in the next world cup. They are not much far behind SL, SA or Pakistan.

Posted by DTSM on (February 1, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

Great win for the SL team....England had a more balanced team I felt. The hunger to win was the key for the SL team victory. Loved the fireworks at the end of the SL innings. I am not sure whether the action of Eng bowler Gunn's action is legal or not. Someone responsible needs to check it. I am proud as a SL fan....All the best to them in the WC whether they win or loose.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 1, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

Lions and Lionesses are on a mission dominating limited over games. Way to go ladies !!! Make it another '96.

Posted by Perera32 on (February 1, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

Wow, this was the first women cricket game I watched fully and it was great. I knew that the Sri lankan women team is no where near as good in the rankings than the men's team but they played really well. I hope there is a better crowd in next matches.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (February 1, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

i dint see the match. But going by the reports,it seems that the women team are more competitive than the lankan men. keep going ladies

Posted by golfallday on (February 1, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Way to go Lady Lions!! No one gave you a chance, especially in the commentary box and studio, too bad. Stay healthy and keep playing positive cricket...they'll notice you sooner or later.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 1, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

Congratulations to our team... So proud of you... :)

Posted by Akshita29 on (February 1, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

I watched the 1st 20 overs and the last 10 overs SL batting. Some of the strokes they played looked real powerful . And the game was really enjoyable and there was lots of excitement and tension towards the end . Is Sarah taylor out for the whole competition ? Would have loved to see her bat . But it was a really good game .

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (February 1, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

The English Women's team, has so much more character and ability than their male counterparts. It wouldn't be surprising to see them displace the mens-game as the most watched competition in the country. Congratulations to them, despite the S.Lankan fireworks that sunk them in this match, they can hold their pony-tailed heads up high.

Posted by UK_Chap on (February 1, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

It looks like finally, the England Womens team got a taste of their own medicine. They were carted around the ground and out of the Park. I didn`t see the match but I look throught the ball by ball commentary, it look like great fun, I wish I had watched it.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (February 1, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

Though I saw just d last 5-6 overs of d match bt i can undrstnd, it was a gr8 cmpetitve match...

Posted by Meety on (February 1, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Followed a bit of the game online. I gave up on SL with 10 overs to go needing nearly 80 runs with about 5 wickets in hand. Thought it was impossible!

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