India v Sri Lanka, Women's World Cup 2013, Mumbai February 5, 2013

Sri Lanka in Super Six after another historic win

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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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sageleaf on February 6, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    It was a very special match. All I saw was most people last night were watching the game on TV. I felt emotional when the SL women cricket team won the game. Our men team hardly wins matches against India and here the women do so well and take India out of the tournament. They showed character and class and wanting win also winning for their motherland. Cheers to the women Sri Lankan cricket team. It was a total team performance.

  • gosh01 on February 5, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    well this reminds me of our 96 team. Its not just because we knocked india out while playing in india :D, but it has more to do with the spirit they play in. Simply speaking these gals play cricket for the love of the game and not for money. also a big thanks need to be given to the three armed forces of Sri Lanka for recruiting them all to the services, so that they can play cricket unhindered and without any financial worries. Best of luck lionesses, keep the flag flying high !! and yes we knocked out india :D (I just couldn't resist not saying that bit)

  • DilumSL on February 5, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Great day for SL cricket. These laddies have fire in them. As i said when they won against Eng, I'm again amazed by their attitude and spirit. I have not seen any SL team with such commitment other than 96 WC team. They say there are four big teams in womens cricket now make it five. Go for the glory lady lions. Good luck in super six. Thanx for giving this tiny island something to be proud of. BTW a note to Mr. Sanath Jayasuriya: Plz include Eshani Kaushalya in to our mens squad. lol

  • Nmiduna on February 5, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    woW..happiest day in SL cricket for sometime, this is truly a great achievement, greater than what Mahela n co achieved amidst lots of difficulties, purely because i and most of us fans of SL cricket was caught off guard by this tremendous cricket. I think what Shashikala meant was, there was close to zero interest of women cricket in SL. I personally, an avid fan of cricket, haven't watch a single game of women's cricket in which SL played. Irrespective of the future results, i think the fact that SL managed to win two games and get selected to the super six, will have a significant impact on the public interest in women's cricket. Kimber, who is so often more insightful and even minded than many 'serious' sports writers, said at the end of his article of the Eng vs SL match that it was not a great women's game of cricket, it was a great game of cricket. Here's another one for you Kimber!..and that attitude at the end makes me hopeful as well, got to wait and see!

  • Nutcutlet on February 5, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    A superb result from the SLankan women who are rapidly becoming a genuine force in women's cricket. Eshani Kaushalya is looking like a strong candidate for player of the tournament & Boy! Is she worth watching! That said, today's famous victory (no,' victory' isn't quite right; 'trouncing' is much closer) was a whole team effort with everyone making a significant contribution. It's not often that every bowler of seven takes at least one wicket! Of course, this is no fluke, no accident. SL women have been backed by their board, have contracts, have trained hard, have been well coached & played lots of competitive cricket. They bear out the truth of the old adage: as you sow, so shall you reap. Now India. Questions have to be asked. Have they been given the backing of their board? Do they have contracts? In short, has there been a genuine investment in their cricket? Can the Ind women point to a strong infrastructure to support the growth of their game? It does not appear to be the case.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 wag.you 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Sageleaf on February 6, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    It was a very special match. All I saw was most people last night were watching the game on TV. I felt emotional when the SL women cricket team won the game. Our men team hardly wins matches against India and here the women do so well and take India out of the tournament. They showed character and class and wanting win also winning for their motherland. Cheers to the women Sri Lankan cricket team. It was a total team performance.

  • gosh01 on February 5, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    well this reminds me of our 96 team. Its not just because we knocked india out while playing in india :D, but it has more to do with the spirit they play in. Simply speaking these gals play cricket for the love of the game and not for money. also a big thanks need to be given to the three armed forces of Sri Lanka for recruiting them all to the services, so that they can play cricket unhindered and without any financial worries. Best of luck lionesses, keep the flag flying high !! and yes we knocked out india :D (I just couldn't resist not saying that bit)

  • DilumSL on February 5, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Great day for SL cricket. These laddies have fire in them. As i said when they won against Eng, I'm again amazed by their attitude and spirit. I have not seen any SL team with such commitment other than 96 WC team. They say there are four big teams in womens cricket now make it five. Go for the glory lady lions. Good luck in super six. Thanx for giving this tiny island something to be proud of. BTW a note to Mr. Sanath Jayasuriya: Plz include Eshani Kaushalya in to our mens squad. lol

  • Nmiduna on February 5, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    woW..happiest day in SL cricket for sometime, this is truly a great achievement, greater than what Mahela n co achieved amidst lots of difficulties, purely because i and most of us fans of SL cricket was caught off guard by this tremendous cricket. I think what Shashikala meant was, there was close to zero interest of women cricket in SL. I personally, an avid fan of cricket, haven't watch a single game of women's cricket in which SL played. Irrespective of the future results, i think the fact that SL managed to win two games and get selected to the super six, will have a significant impact on the public interest in women's cricket. Kimber, who is so often more insightful and even minded than many 'serious' sports writers, said at the end of his article of the Eng vs SL match that it was not a great women's game of cricket, it was a great game of cricket. Here's another one for you Kimber!..and that attitude at the end makes me hopeful as well, got to wait and see!

  • Nutcutlet on February 5, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    A superb result from the SLankan women who are rapidly becoming a genuine force in women's cricket. Eshani Kaushalya is looking like a strong candidate for player of the tournament & Boy! Is she worth watching! That said, today's famous victory (no,' victory' isn't quite right; 'trouncing' is much closer) was a whole team effort with everyone making a significant contribution. It's not often that every bowler of seven takes at least one wicket! Of course, this is no fluke, no accident. SL women have been backed by their board, have contracts, have trained hard, have been well coached & played lots of competitive cricket. They bear out the truth of the old adage: as you sow, so shall you reap. Now India. Questions have to be asked. Have they been given the backing of their board? Do they have contracts? In short, has there been a genuine investment in their cricket? Can the Ind women point to a strong infrastructure to support the growth of their game? It does not appear to be the case.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 wag.you 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • gnanzcupid on February 7, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    @sinhaya. i have to say this since you dragged our 74 all out match. even in that match you dint win hands down by 10 wickets and not even a 5, right? you were very lucky to have won that match.I can accept that you defeated us comprehensively in 2nd odi.but the 3rd match could have been any one's game. You were commenting that rain spoiled your defeat in 4th odi.but you must but losses by 5 wickets,innings and 201 runs and 137 runs all happened 2 months.Arent they bigger enough? Stop trolling mate.

  • gnanzcupid on February 7, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    @sinhaya.It was a good performance by the lankan girls. lankan men have been performing in a pathetic manner in tests. they are a decent side in odis as long as mahela,sanga,herath and even dilshan plays.Way to go for the lankan men before they can even dream of making a 1996 repeat. I see a few lankan fans trying to overrate chandimal and thirimanne.Give them some more time to show what they have. Accept the reality rather than deluding here.its funny to see you react adversely when i give either a positive or negative comment here. haha. Grow up.

  • SL_roar on February 7, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    @sinhaya; it ws a good game of cricket, a good performance by the lionesses n nobody can't deny it not even the Indians who tke joy in thrash talking the lions and Not even gnanzcupid,, I've read most of your comments on this page bt this is new,,, I strongly fell that our men's team should watch this match over n over, tke some tips from our lionesses cos they play better cricket...least they give it their all n doesn't seem like they care about past defeats. Head in the game boys, that's the only thing that matters!

  • Pappu_bhai on February 7, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    At last SL beat INDIA.BUT WAIT ITS a womens match right? However good.At least SL fans will not be jealous to India now

  • Sinhaya on February 7, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, haha overrated? Is that why we got the Aussies all out for 74?? I for a fact know that if we got all out for double digits, you will post comments asking ICC to immediately strip our test status. Stop just expressing false joy at our women winning. Every Lankan fan on cricinfo knows very well about your hatefulness towards Sri Lanka.

    Hey also in this decade we have beaten India many times. Where were you when we won in the 2007 world cup, 2010 T20 in Windies, 2008 Asia Cup in Karachi etc?

  • Always_pakistan on February 6, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    Well done sri lankan girls keep it up

  • Silverbails on February 6, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    OMG!! Yet another sad day for Indian cricket, whether it be in the pathetic men's game or now in the women' game. Playing at home, SURELY India should have won this game. They certainly NEEDED to, but the usual lack of discipline was the cause of yet another dismal failure. Well done to the SL girls for highlighting the stark inadequacies of the Indian ladies. A lot more assistance in terms of training, fitness etc. etc. from the BCCI would certainly help the situation here, and encourage more girls into not only cricket, but into sport in India generally.

    More

  • SLgalinLA on February 6, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Fantastic show girls! Proud of you all!! Lift the cup!!All the very best!!

  • Htc-Android on February 6, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Doesnt matter mens cricket or womens cricket, its always sri lanka who knocks india out of the world cup. (1979 world cup league round, 1996 world cup semi final, 2007 world cup league round, 2010 t20 world cup knockut match, now 2013 womens world cup league round). still more to come.

  • Master_Mihil on February 6, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    @gnanzcupid- it's surprising you like SL women squad..but this meaningless argument about SL never won a test in India and Australia should stop..sure we haven't won a test in Australia...and that's because we travel there less often than you..and regarding tests in india..you should check all those tests which were drawn between SL and india ending with batting fests. Your grounds are specifically made to be flat and batting paradises and both teams score 500 + resulting in a draw. That's why we haven't won any test matches in india mate. So the problem lies with your grounds, i'm sure you know this fact they are not result oriented. Main reason for this is your teams historically could only bat..bat..and bat..so unless your grounds improve we can never win a test there..so we don't even try..

  • 200ondebut on February 6, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    What a shame that India have been knocked out. Looks like they talk better than they play.

  • gnanzcupid on February 6, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks and sinhaya. Lankan girls played good cricket here. but nothing is going to change the fact that lankan men had not won a test in australia and india. and also the habit of getting hammered constantly by your neighbours in this decade is well known to the cricketing world. i watched the match and was impressed by the performance of the lankan girls. i have my prerogative to express what i feel for the game or a team.taking into consideration the quality of the game,the lankan girls are showings signs of being far more better equipped and talented in facing their opposition than their overrated men. But miles to go before establishing this

  • JohnKJ on February 6, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    This team may proceed further or they may not. Whatever the future holds for this team, judging from the performance to-date, it is a team with enthusiasm, team-spirit, character, self-belief and raw talent.

    Perhaps this team should coach the men's team and definitely not the other way round. The men's team has much to learn from these players. Had cricket been a gender neutral game, easily 6-7 players from this team can walk into the team that forms the top 11 cricket players of the country. Enjoy this team before the politicians and sponsors enter the scene.

  • Sugath on February 6, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Girls, lots and lots of accolades are coming your way. But beware, please do not rest on those kudos and laurels, because as they say when there are fruits in the tree and lots of bats will come but when no fruits they leave. So make sure that you bear fruit in each of the next games, and by sheer performance alone you have shown all that you got it in you to take any team. Prepare your SWOT analysis for each and every match and work out your SPIN analysis for each and every situation. AS the commentators said, in the India game you all were smiling and even when opponents got out you did not try to rub it in as the men do in the game. By doing so you set an example to all men teams on how to play the game which was once called the gentleman's game which now better not be called that. You are really ambassadors of your mother lands. So keep it up and good luck. By the way you also showed your more illustrious men's counterparts on how to bowl only on one side of the wicket.

  • ca2ca on February 6, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Oh the spirit in this women team reminds me of post 96' days under Arjuna ( before SLC was taken over by crooks and politicos). Kaushalya remind me of Jayasuriya, taking wickets, hitting sixes. She looks better than some present male players. IPL missed her.

  • mark2011 on February 6, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    WEll don SL gals, congratulation!!!you have made this tournament interesting and everyone now started talking about women's cricket & WC ......excellent performance after heavy defeat against WI and u came back strongly against good Indian side and turn all tables upside down....already SL have super star performer.. Kaushalya Lokusuriya and Cpt Shashikala .. good contribution by every one in the team..this will boost women's criket in SL... IT IS NOT ONLY YOU HAVE BROUGHT SL WOMEN'S CRICKET INTO MUCH ATTENSION OF THE WORLD, BUT ALSO THE BEAUTIFUL SRI LANKAN SMILES INTO THE CRICKETING WORLD.....WOW that's the latest addition to the International cricket from this little tiny Island of Sri Lanka...!!!!

    WELL DONE GIRLS... KEEP IT UP & BRING MORE HONOURS TO MOTHERLAND!!

  • amilag on February 6, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Then again SL dump out India from a tournament!! LOL...What a tiny nation against billions of people?

    GO LIONS GO..THIS IS UR WORLD CUP!

  • BDKu on February 6, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    All Sri Lankans are proud of this team. We won in 1996 because the team was united under Arjuna after the Muralitharan fiasco. Under Mahela and Sanga we almost did it but politics ruined it. I am sure from the top to bottom people will be trying to take credit for the success of this team. I just hope politics does not get into this team and make a mess of it. Let the people who have done a good job in bringing this team up continue without interfering. I just hope the players also don't fall prey to the political goons. All Sri Lankans should support this team through thick and thin and be proud of them what ever the outcome in the comming matches. All the best for the SL girls

  • buddhikapm on February 6, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    @loony- we undestand your double pain..see the recent sucess of SL mens in Aus and compare with your home defeat with pakistan and England..what a shame...

  • avani on February 6, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    It is surprising that a tiny asian country like SriLanka produces such a good cricket players both in mens' and womens' arena. I think there is a lot India (BCCI) needs to learn from SL board in this regard. I being an Indian, wholeheartedly support SL for rest of the matches as that is the only Asian country left in the tournament battle. Definitely, there wont be scarcity of talent in Indian subcontinent but Board should have proper plans in place to unearth these talents. It is a quite a treat to watch Womens cricket. It should be given full support by BCCI. We need more tournaments, series with live telecast and publicity. Also more domestic matches. All the best to Indian team for their future and all the best to SL team in this tournament.

  • ajithabey on February 6, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Fantastic performance by the SriLankan lasses sometimes outdoing even their male counterparts.It was indeed superb cricket by them against two formidable teams England and India.The commitment and application they showed was commendable and hopefully will continue to achieve excellence in future matches too.Congrats to manager Aroos and coach Harsha for developing this team into a match winning combination.Thankfully they did not have batting ,bowling and fielding coaches on tour to confuse them as seen in the men's team. Good luck Sri Lanka for the rest of the tournament.

  • buddhikapm on February 6, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    I am sure SL Womens team can chalenge Bangladesh Mens team

  • BDforever on February 6, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka! What a thrash! It seems Indian women's team also follows foot steps of their national team. Both get beaten at home and away. It's bit embarrassing beaing a neighbour of a country who always get beaten like this. -BD fan- (please publish)

  • denwarlo70 on February 6, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    You see, us Lankans have this knack of kicking India out of major tournaments be it men or women. To say that these Girls will bring home the trophy is a bit too early to predict but the whole world know that SRI LANKAS are an unpredictable lot. So, who knows, Go Lionesses Go, make us proud once again like our men did many a time. Oba semata JAYA WEWA which means VICTORY TO ALL OF YOU. A proud Sri Lankan

  • EGWdxb on February 6, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Sri Lankan Women Cricketers are on fire...I hope they will change the History...

  • on February 6, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Now children, forget yesterday, a day gone, nor do not fret about tomorrow. Instead check against whom is the next match and do a thorough analysis of the batsmen and the bowlers, do a clearly defined SWOT of the weather and ground conditions as well and plan your strategic approach. Remember, do not let these victories digress you mind from the focal point, and take each match as they come

  • KEVINSL on February 6, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    @spiritwithin:-Where are all the thousands talks of Mithali Raj before the series? as far as I know she didn't tell we have won many games against Sri Lanka and we don't bother of this match.

  • spirit_cric on February 6, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    I think IND will never underestimate any team in future. They underestimate BAN in 2007 men's WC and knocked out in 1st round losing 2 SL. Again here they underestimate SL and knocked out losing to SL in their home. Good lesson from SL. well done SL!

  • Ameeega on February 6, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    I followed both games SL won here, I would say Kaushalya is a real game changer. She won 1st game against Eng from no where hitting two big overs. Here she built the scoreboard pressure on Indians by late fire. Could not agree with Philip Gnana, most SLs are well keen and aware of this tournament. Tooo early to compare with 96 saga, Ladies have a long way to go.

  • RawG on February 6, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    As with the men's team, the principal problem is one of attitude. Those that demonstrated the correct attitude include Raut, Goswami, Kaur, Sultana and S Sharma. The captain Raj was the epitomy of aloofness, seemingly more interested in maintaing her image as the "princess" of batting. Kamini never seemed to get out of first gear and her running (or lack of it!) was embarassing - even the heftier Kaushalya was speedier! Jain was a dreadful keeper, missing stumpings and catches routinely and was it a surprise that Malhotra got run out? She spent all her time at the non-strikers end with her eyes closed! As if divine intervention (rather than concentration) would save her. When the tail got in, none of the main batters took responsibility, quite happy to pass the strike. It seemed as if they were more interested in their personal totals rather than team victory - again, shades of Shewag. Until our cricketers decide that responsibilty comes before entitlement nothing will improve.

  • challagalla on February 6, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. They hammerred us today. I saw a bit of the Indian chase and the last few overs of the lankan eves batting. The two extra points Sri Lanka bagged may well turn out to be decisive in the next round.

  • ksupun on February 6, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    thanks for eshani & co now i am a fan of ladies cricket. keep up the good work !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shehan4u on February 6, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    Well done girls..You'll have definitely got Sri lankan crowds following you...Love the way you'll play the game..Giving your hearts out and pushing your selves beyond the limits...Keep up the good work..And Sri Lankan Men also has a thing or two to learn from them specially about playing the game for the love and not for money...

  • Sinhaya on February 6, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, why happy for the Lankan girls?? You should be mourning in hiding! I have seen enough of your mud slinging comments at Sri Lanka. Since this result went against your wish and will you should stay away from cricinfo.

    You have know excuse surprisingly after our women won cos when our men win have some excuse to say that it was luck or umpiring specials etc haha. Brilliant stuff buddy.

  • basusri133b on February 5, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Congratulations to the Sri Lankan Ladies for the excellent performance against Team India.

  • KiwiRocker- on February 5, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    The good news for India is that they will play against Pak women team for 7th position. Now if Pakistan beats them, Indian fans will no longer be able to say that Pak has never beaten India in world cups...It is a big game ladies! If india loses, ICC may have seriously considering revoking Indian men's team test status as well as Indian women's ODI status! Its just not acceptable. Now my good Sri Lankan friends are going to have a party in India's backyard! India must be used to this...ehhh 1987 WC, 1996 WC...Nehru Cup and so on!

  • crkt4evr on February 5, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    @bMike dnt u rmbr 2003 n 2012 WC? and to all INDIANS who r criticizing should try to see how less support indian women get and the hurdles they have

  • kumar19 on February 5, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    congrates, SL women cricket team.. GOOD LUCK for up coming games . I wish all the Best team captain & team member. go for the cup, (ICC WWC),,,,,,,

  • Lord.emsworth on February 5, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka! Tremendous to come back after the WI debacle. Keep it up!

  • Test-is-the-best on February 5, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Well done SL ladies !!!!....

  • CricketingStargazer on February 5, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    It looked as if India were only interested in reaching the 251 that would see them qualify and never really intended to chase victory: they started slowly with this seeming aim and, as wickets fell, just panicked. Maybe a little karma there after the comments about their previous opponents: being patronising is fine when you top your group; it looks a bit silly though when you finish bottom. Sri Lanka have been a revelation. No one seriously expected them to threaten England's total and today they just batted India out of the tournament. It will be interesting to see how they do against Australia and New Zealand.

  • ShehanJ on February 5, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    Well a good win for the SL women, but before you forget (SL fans) what matters is the big prize...winning the WC, and not winning a few games along the way. In recent times the SL mens team have won the battles in major tournaments, but ended up losing the war. Let's see if the SL womens team are similar to their male counterparts...or will they be different?

  • Flighted_kiwi on February 5, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    The quality of some of the play in this tournament has been great. Instead of the endless plethora of ODI's and T20s that litter the mens game why don't the ICC show some initiative? How about a combined mens/womens tournament with squads of 14 (7 men and seven women) from each country? The likes of Kaushalya, Edwards, Brunt, Bates, Dottin and Lanning would hold their own I'm sure. Some male egos might be at risk but I'd sooner watch a tournament like that than some of the meaningless games we see. Can you imagine Gayle and Dottin in full flight at the crease? I'd pay to see that.

  • spiritwithin on February 5, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    @appkhi..d u have the habit of posting comments without knowing the context on which other's comments were posted??my comments were to those fans who'r r writing silly stuff's for SL's win and who started doing chest thumping after this win,and yes if u look from the start u will find its only SL fans who'r doing that,the indian fans albeit few responded only after that

  • ruwan.74 on February 5, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Wow......... Now it is ladies Cricket ....!!Against England commentators told they are connecting some how .. :) .. well we won for first time....!!!Against India ...they were expecting for Kaushalya's Heaves...!! you won again for the first time again with scoring highest team score for life...!!now the journey begins... now you become a predictable team.. somehow still i don't expect '96 heroics as yet .but we are into compiling perfect 11. luck is there with us mostly.. it is so lucky we are the only asain team to dominate in our own conditions .there may be one more defeat to select right 11. but still we have room to proceed .chamari,shashikala,chamini n all ladies you can do along with Kaushi.. Well girls you are the team for surprises ...!! only remaining Asian team...!!! Go..go..go...ladies..!! 21 million people getting around you...!! all the best lady Lions....!!!

  • Flighted_kiwi on February 5, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka. It's great for cricket, mens and womens, not to be dominated by just 2 or 3 teams. Much has been made by Mithali's comments but if they'd be uttered by an Australian or English captain then they'd have been viewed as a sign of confidence. You've just got to be able to back up those comments when you make them so I'm sure she'll have learnt from that. Sri Lanka has played very well as a team and are to be commended. India's woes though go back to the game against England. Personally I felt they should have won that. Recovering from 29/3 to 135/3 at the 33rd over they were in a good position but seemed to drift and allow the RRR to climb. After Mithali declared Brunt to be Englands only genuine bowler, why did they wait until her overs at the end to try and hit out? And Kaur seemed more intent on getting her century than getting her team over the line. In simple terms - Sri Lanka have played more like a team and are through. India haven't and are out.

  • on February 5, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    congrats to Sri Lankan ladies women cricket team .....Well don played. I wish you all the best coming games & Final.Mr. sanath take care this wonderful team. GOOD LUCK SRI LANKA.

  • ca2ca on February 5, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Super !!! Kaushalya should be playing for IPL. sure will play better than some male counterparts like Pointing or Sangakkara in T20's.

  • appkhi on February 5, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    @spiritwithin...You are saying you do not have issue winning SL but the lonnnng explanation you are giving is clearlyshowing that you do not like SL win and trying to justify yourself by giving no-sense arguments against SL team win...Anyway well played SL and knockout India from WC.

  • on February 5, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Congratulation SL women.... You are just awesome in Asia Cricket... Shame on BCCI and their team..... lost in home???? Why to field first???

  • Baseball-Sucks on February 5, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    @Posted by gnanzcupid ; Another knock-out from a world event in the hand of Sri Lankans, Still your are being sarcastic toward Sri lankans. I really feel sorry for you guys.Indian men and women both are getting hammered at home n away constantly, but they never learn how to keep their mouths shut. Before the Eng tour, they all talked about getting even/ revenge/ god knows what. And then they ended up getting thrashed. Then Mitali opened her big mouth and ended up getting knocked out of the WC (just like Sehwag's big talks about BD bowling attack n getting knocked out of the WC 2007). Let me tell ya something, you all are nothing but big talks. PHEW....

  • 21tu on February 5, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Congrates SL Lades!! you are a proude bunch of cricketers who have kept SL name in the womens world cup.Jayasuriya its time you take care of the womens team and encourage the young ones.Why dont you be the personnel trainer to Eshani Kaushalya lol...she will be the next Jayasuriya** All best Lionesses for the rest of matches.

  • Herath-UK on February 5, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    Congrats to superb Sri Lankan Ladies! What an acheivement showing that they have come of age and the win over the England was not a flash in the pan.There look many stars in the team but cannot deny outstanding all round performance of Kaushalya. Best luck in the super sixes! Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Dilbar786 on February 5, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Congratts Sri Lanka frm Pakistan..Well Done!!!!

  • gnanzcupid on February 5, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    heh happy for the lankan girls qualifying.well played. happy that they dint catch the habit of losing to India like their mens team. super 6 will be really interesting now

  • JG2704 on February 5, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Well played SL. It seems that India will probably feel a little gutted as WI played equally badly in their 2 defeats but had that huge win vs SL. I also thought that the final group games should all start at the same time. This seems to happen in most tournaments inc football and it avoids any possibility of the 2 teams playing second manufacturing a result to suit both teams. I'm not saying either team would do such a thing but if SL had beaten India narrowly and one team or the other looked to be cruising , questions may be raised. Having both matches played at the same time and this doesn't happen. Also I'm not sure I like the way the super 6 points are carried forward. I'm not against group points being carried forward, in fact I'm all for it. However WI go into the S6 in a better position than Eng and SL because of nett RR despite Eng and SL winning 2 comp to 1 for WI. The points that each team gains in the whole group should count

  • spiritwithin on February 5, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    @Sidath346..i have no issue with SL winning against india,they played well and won but when ur fan behaves as if they always beats india and starts giving absurd claims then the story takes a different turn..d u remember how ireland and BD knocked out pak and india from the WC2007,but then the irish fan did'nt started chest thumping..and the problem is ur women team can lose all the WC matches previously to indian women,they can lose all their match but the moment they won a single game the fans behaves as if SL r the world champ,no matter if a team lose the WC match but one swallow does'nt make a summer,try to be humble when u win....lastly dont give excuse of ur team started playing lately since nobody stopped u from doing that bcoz its akin to Ireland and kenya (when they beat big team) saying that they r a better team bcoz they started playing late....u won well done but dont berate others

  • seantells on February 5, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    now we are looking at SL womens team , ys great work cheers girls

  • tanstell87 on February 5, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Indian fan here.....congrats to Sri Lankan ladies...well played...now with India out of the World Cup most Indians will support Sri Lanka to go all the way & they do have a chance,they look good especially the skipper & the one who hits long sixes & opens the bowling...time for India to look beyond Mital Raji...Harmanpreet looks good...the bowling & dismal batting effort from the top order after the first game has resulted in India being out...Anyways we are with you..hope you will come on top in future !

  • Sidath346 on February 5, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    @spiritwithin: FYI, Sri Lanka women was not considered a strong side and they were the underdogs so obviously it is hard to beat top teams like India, Eng, Aus. It could PROBABLY be now that they are bonding as a unit and starting to perform well and when that starts to happen, you become a stronger force so its pointless you comparing the past results of India women and SL women and bragging all about it as in the past SL women were a lot weaker and they were more like the associate teams. Hopefully, that will change from now on. Here is a more even comparison: India women vs A'lia women Won: 7 Lost: 31 vs England women Won: 25 Lost:32 and vs NZ women Won: 13 Lost: 25. Also, India women also started playing cricket way earlier than SL women.

  • Baseball-Sucks on February 5, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    @Posted by spiritwithin ; Here we go again....Typical Indian talk :) Whenever India lose an important match, you always bring some stats from the past. Dude, Who cares how many times SL women have lost to India. They knocked you out of the World "freaking" Cup. But the irony is that Sri Lanka have caused India's early exits in World events more than other teams :) I find it really amusing. As Russell Arnold tweeted," English Women must be laughing their guts out now, thinking about Mitali's big talks :)

  • Perera32 on February 5, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Well done Ladies, that was a brilliant performance. Kaushalya is becoming a big hitting allrounder now and will help SL women's cricket greatly. Oh dear India, the hosts can't even qualify to the super 6's in there own country. Must be so embarrasing and will effect the crowds too.

  • ncpasan on February 5, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    **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**

    TRUE STORY... :D that was the first match of woman cricket that i watched. that too was the repeat telecast after seeing the reports claiming how interesting it was......

    glad to watch how our lionesses made us proud today......

    too bad Chamari Atapattu missed it out in this match she seemed solid against England...... but the way others kept building partnerships was pleasing to watch...... Eshani Kaushalya a power hitter like thisara perera but with a more sensible mindset. hope to see her fireworks in the coming matches as well.......

  • on February 5, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Congratulations SL ladies!!! Good team effort. Looking forward to watch the super six matches and some sixes from Kaushalya :D

  • CricketFirst on February 5, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Proud of our girls & just wanna say that we are behind you. In addition to the skills, I liked the fitness levels and the energy & enthusiasm shown in the field. After watching Eng game and todays game you made me a fan of SLW cricket. Wish you good luck for the super six round :)

  • Aussiesfalling on February 5, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Now that India are out of the World Cup, the best thing the players can do to further the cause of the womens game is to make a point of joining their 7th place play-off opponents, Pakistan, in whatever rough accommodation the BCCI forces on them on 'security grounds'.

  • spiritwithin on February 5, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @bMike..in cricket many team kicked out many team from the WC,u r sounding as if only SL did this to india,so dont make big fuss on this,just for a reminder this is SL women's first win against indian women in 18games during which SL women got kicked out many times

  • kandykolla on February 5, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Where is the fellows who sais Lankan win against Englaand was fluke ?? Take that ...!! Good to see all Lankan girls up to no 5 getting 50`s !! Qualifying to super six is a great achievement !! Hope this would make a big impact on young ladies in Sri lanka to take cricket !! Our Kaushalya is the female version of Tissera Perera..!!

  • sweet2hrme on February 5, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    I think this loss will shut Mitali mouth. I m indian and i want india to win every time if not everytime than i dnt want this kind of dull performance from india. What kind of team management they are asking?? Its very difficult to understand we cant find 7-8 players who can score 6-7 runs per over or more! See the fitness of kimini, she is opening n she can't run two. She is jogging while taking run. Are u making full. U r chasing 283 to win and 251 runs need to qualify still u girls are playing 2-3 runs per over! Every one is just blocking n blocking! No effort is made to play agressive. Its called poor captainship n poor team management! Plz its time for change now! Plz find those girls who can score 6-7 runs per over, who can smash six -four whenever wherever required! Its Time 4 change "Big change" !

  • Master_Mihil on February 5, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    expect a surge of interest in women's cricket after this win..it's funny how Srilanka has to come up to get things more interesting.. :D

  • on February 5, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    2007 revisited in women's version. Many Indians were taking it for granted a place in Super Six and even emulating men of 2011. While I am definitely disappointed for India, I must congratulate wholeheartedly the Sri Lankan girls who had beaten teh defending champion England and now India - a title favorite. I hope atleast now Star Cricket will try to telecast all the WC matches irrespective of where they are held.

  • SL-RokZ on February 5, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    WELL if i dont make a comment here, it would be disrespectful to our women's team... KUDOS....

  • Akshita29 on February 5, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Congrats to the SL women team . And hope We have an exciting India Pak match. Today Indian bowlers gave too many hit me balls which the Lankan women kept hitting to the boundary . It was simply not good enough from Indian women today .

  • cyborg909 on February 5, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    whoooa sl women good job ladies, best of luck may you go and win the wc. Salute from pakistan

  • Philip_Gnana on February 5, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    How wrong can the report be. Majority of the Sri Lankans are well aware of the women's cricket team. The Manager may not have been contacted so often as now, but the cricket loving public are well aware. In fact a Guy De Alwis (who sadly passed away recently) a for world cup player, coached the women's team too. Take nothing away from these ladies who played for their country. Beating the host nation and also the Champions on their way to the "Sixers" is creditable. The women taking after the typical Sri Lankan way of playing cricket. They have beaten the Windies too although they did lose badly a few days ago. Well done the Lionesses ......Keep roarinnnnnnnnngggggg. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Master_Mihil on February 5, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Well done women..you showed 'em England match was no fluke..You really are lionhearted...

  • ruwanrw on February 5, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    well congratz SLC gals, and Eshani Kaushalya is the new "jayasuriya" for SLW crick.. wooow.

  • Surajdon9 on February 5, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Good Jon Lanakan Ladies..Keep it up.Overrated indians get the right treatment...

  • KingOwl on February 5, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    "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." That's wonderful to hear! After watching all the brutes in the men's game, we do need a feminine touch to cricket. I was no fan of women's cricket one week ago. Now I am.

  • Harlequin. on February 5, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    I was worried there was a bit of a gulf growing in the womens game between England/antipodeans and everyone else, but its good to see Sri Lanka proving me wrong.

    Also, where's your fighting talk now Mithali?!

  • bMike on February 5, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Congratulations SL! Irrespective of Men or Women India got thrashed once again. This reminds me how SL kicked out India in 1996 WC and 2007 WC.

  • kalins on February 5, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    We are proud of you!!!! Let's create histories....

  • kalins on February 5, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    We are proud of you!!!! Let's create histories....

  • bMike on February 5, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Congratulations SL! Irrespective of Men or Women India got thrashed once again. This reminds me how SL kicked out India in 1996 WC and 2007 WC.

  • Harlequin. on February 5, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    I was worried there was a bit of a gulf growing in the womens game between England/antipodeans and everyone else, but its good to see Sri Lanka proving me wrong.

    Also, where's your fighting talk now Mithali?!

  • KingOwl on February 5, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    "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." That's wonderful to hear! After watching all the brutes in the men's game, we do need a feminine touch to cricket. I was no fan of women's cricket one week ago. Now I am.

  • Surajdon9 on February 5, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    Good Jon Lanakan Ladies..Keep it up.Overrated indians get the right treatment...

  • ruwanrw on February 5, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    well congratz SLC gals, and Eshani Kaushalya is the new "jayasuriya" for SLW crick.. wooow.

  • Master_Mihil on February 5, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Well done women..you showed 'em England match was no fluke..You really are lionhearted...

  • Philip_Gnana on February 5, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    How wrong can the report be. Majority of the Sri Lankans are well aware of the women's cricket team. The Manager may not have been contacted so often as now, but the cricket loving public are well aware. In fact a Guy De Alwis (who sadly passed away recently) a for world cup player, coached the women's team too. Take nothing away from these ladies who played for their country. Beating the host nation and also the Champions on their way to the "Sixers" is creditable. The women taking after the typical Sri Lankan way of playing cricket. They have beaten the Windies too although they did lose badly a few days ago. Well done the Lionesses ......Keep roarinnnnnnnnngggggg. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • cyborg909 on February 5, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    whoooa sl women good job ladies, best of luck may you go and win the wc. Salute from pakistan

  • Akshita29 on February 5, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Congrats to the SL women team . And hope We have an exciting India Pak match. Today Indian bowlers gave too many hit me balls which the Lankan women kept hitting to the boundary . It was simply not good enough from Indian women today .