Ireland v Sri Lanka, Women's World T20, Mohali March 20, 2016

Sri Lanka Women defend 129 for crucial win

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Sri Lanka Women 129 for 7 (Lokusuriyage 35, Atapattu 34, Metcalfe 4-15) beat Ireland Women 115 for 8 (C Joyce 29, Delany 29, Kumari 3-24) by 14 runs

Captain Chamari Atapattu set the tone for Sri Lanka's win with a 22-ball 34 © International Cricket Council

Sri Lanka Women defended 129 to register a crucial win - their first of the tournament - against Ireland Women in Mohali. Three run-outs and three wickets from Sugandika Kumari helped keep Ireland to 115 in the chase, thereby completing a 14-run win.

Left-arm spinner Kumari, who returned career-best figures, removed Clare Shillington and Cath Dalton early before solid cameos from Cecelia Joyce (29), Isobel Joyce (24) and Laura Delany (29) took Ireland closer. With 43 required off the last five overs, a succession of wickets took the game away from Ireland. Kumari finished with 3 for 24.

Earlier, Sri Lanka got off to a flying start after opting to bat. The openers - Chamari Atapattu (34 off 22) and Yasoda Mendis - added 45 in just 32 balls, of which Mendis contributed 9.

Legspinner Ciara Metcalfe then dismissed both openers in the space of four balls to bring Ireland back into the contest. Metcalfe produced another double-strike in the 10th over to leave Sri Lanka struggling at 59 for 5. A 49-run stand between Prasadani Weerakkody and Eshani Lokusuriyage, who struck a 28-ball 35, resurrected Sri Lanka and helped them post a total of 129 for 7. Metcalfe also produced career-best figures to finish with 4 for 15.

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  • Danil on March 22, 2016, 4:03 GMT

    You have defended a total of 129 against Ireland, and your male counterparts were unable to do so against WI.. Well done , fly the flag girls.

  • Tin on March 21, 2016, 3:41 GMT

    Good to see ladies having some fun while their male team in disarray.

  • exhil on March 20, 2016, 22:30 GMT

    How come the player of match goes to the losing side when Lokubalasuriya's 35 made the winning possible. Poor decision by the adjudicator.

  • aruna on March 20, 2016, 18:25 GMT

    Congratz Sri Lankan women... Its sad we couldn't watch you play live... But keep going, we are with you...

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