Sri Lanka Women and Malaysia Women came against each other to play the 14th Women’s Asia Cup match on 8th October 2022 at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. Sri Lanka have bounced back after starting its campaign with a loss to India. They have beaten UAE and Thailand, and in today’s match, they got a chance to make it three consecutive wins. There’s also the added incentive of going level on points with India and Pakistan at the top of the table. Malaysia has lost all four games, but it is not about their results. They’re here for exposure and gaining experience, and facing a side like Sri Lanka has only made them better. Here are some match highlights:-
Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first. Madavi and Athapaththu were at the crease. Sasha Azmi opened the attack. Malaysia got their first wicket of Madavi at the start of the second over. Aisya Eleesa bowled Madvi and was caught out by Aina Najwa. Madavi caught out after scoring only 3 runs on 6 balls.
Malaysia was balling well and got their second wicket of Kaushani Nuthyangana in 4.3 overs. After the powerplay, Sri Lanka Women was able to score only 15 runs with a loss of 3 wickets.
The partnership of Athapaththu and Nilakshi de Silva took a little pace and scored 35 runs for the team, but Malaysia broke up this partnership in 11.3 overs as Athapaththu got run out. A disappointing batting display by Sri Lanka, but they may have got enough thanks to the last five overs, which yielded 39 runs. The crucial knock came from Oshadi Ranasinghe as she kept the scoreboard ticking at the death and ensured Sri Lanka crossed the 100-mark. In 20 overs, they scored 105 runs with a loss of 7 wickets.
Malaysia has never chased more than 100 in its history, so that Sri Lanka might have enough.
The second inning of the match has started. Winifred Duraisingam and Elsa Hunter were at the crease. Sugandika Kumari opened the attack. Malaysia lost their two wickets of Winifred Duraisingam and Mahirah Izzati Ismail in the 3rd over.
Malaysia scored 21 runs after losing 3 wickets in the powerplay. After the powerplay, Sri Lanka ballers were in attacking form; they took wicket after wicket. The Sri Lankan spinners were simply unplayable as they made the ball talk. Besides Hunter, Malaysian batters couldn’t even get into double digits, as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals right throughout the innings.
Sugandika Kumari started it, and the rest of the bowlers complimented her. Inoka Ranaweera claimed 2 wickets, and Malsha Shehani wrapped up the tail with her 4 wicket haul. In fact, Shehani also got the big wicket of Elsa Hunter, and she’ll be satisfied with her bowling effort.
Despite not showing up with the bat, Sri Lanka registered a comfortable win by 72 runs, and they were happy with their bowling performance.
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