A win today will give Lanka the Series
Sri Lankan women cricketers will be hope to win today’s game and seal
the series in their favour, while the visiting West Indies women will be
looking forward for a comeback in the five match series when the fourth
ODI commences at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Sri Lanka leads
the five match series 2-1.
West Indies women won the first of the three matches played at the
Rangiri Dambulla Stadium by 40 runs. Sri Lankan women, after losing the
first one, fought back to win the second by two wickets.and the third
game by eight wickets.
They come out with high morale. Sri Lankan batting improved during
the last two matches with Dedunu Silva, the star batswomen in the Lankan
team, scoring the second best score in the tournament (58) which
included nine boundaries. She was among the runs throughout the series
with 23 and 37 in the previous games. Chamari Polgampola too also
performed well with a the batscoring 29 in the first game and 47 in the
Lankan skipper Shashikala Siriwardena showed that she is someone who
is among the runs and played a match saving innings in the second match
(43). Suwini de Alwis is the leading wicket taker in the tournament so
far and she will be a great asset to the Lankan team and is expected to
perform well in this game too..
Chitral Mendis, the Sri Lankan coach stated that the Lankan women
learnt from their mistakes and made a comeback at the second game. “Our
defeat in the first game was a blessing for us to win the other two
“Our team gets very less exposure to the international arena when it
comes to women’s cricket. It is very important for us to gain the best
out of this tournament before the Women’s cricket world cup to be held
in Australia next year” added Mendis.
Sri Lankan women will meet the Windies today and tomorrow in their
backyard, R. Premadasa Stadium where they usually have practice sessions
very often. It will be a great advantage for them to play in a familiar
place which can be considered as the series decider.