Posted On Saturday, February 02, 2013 at 08:38:13 AM
Minnows Sri Lanka caused the biggest upset of the ICC Women's World Cup as they defeated defending champions England by one wicket off alast-ball six in a thrilling Group A encounter at the Brabourne Stadium here yesterday.
After drawing level with England off the penultimate ball, Sri Lanka’s Dulani Manodara pulled Georgia Elwiss over mid-wicket for a superb six to complete their first-ever win over their rivals in any form of the game.
|Sri Lankan players celebrate after winning their match against
Chasing 239 for a win, the Lankans got off to a flying start with a record century partnership between Chamari Atapattu and Yasoda Mendis, but slumped to 157 for 5 before Kaushalya Lokusooriya brought them on the doorsteps of victory with 56 off 41 balls with three sixes and 5 fours.
Needing 13 from the last 12 balls, Kaushalya lost her eighth-wicket partner Deepika Rasangika, with seven balls remaining and her side needed nine off the last over.
The hard-hitting batter pulled Elwiss for a six to bring down the target, was dropped by the bowler in the next ball and then got run out in a dramatic final over before Dulani hit a six off the last ball to complete a famous win.
Meanwhile, Australia started their campaign in a confident manner whipping minnows Pakistan by 91 runs in their group B opener. Opting to bat first, Australian women could manage only 175 in 46.1 overs on a slow Barabati Stadium track but then skittled Pakistan out for a paltry 84 in 33.2 overs.
In the third match of the day Sophie Devine celebrated her return to the limited-overs format with a century as New Zealand thrashed South Africa by 150 runs.
England:238-8 in 50 overs (Jenny Gunn 52, Amy Jones 41, Heather Knight 38, Arran Brindle 31; Chamani Seneviratna 2-35, Eshani Kaushalya 2-49, Shashikala Siriwardene 2-62) vs Sri Lanka 244-9 in 50 overs (Chamari Atapattu 62, Eshani Kaushalya 56, Yasoda Mendis 46, Shashikala Siriwardene 34; Katherine Brunt 2-36, Georgia Elwiss 2-39, Arran Brindle 2-38)
New Zealand 320-5 in 50 overs (Sophie Devine 145, Suzie Bates 72, Nicola Browne 40 not out, Sara McGlashan 32) vs South Africa: 170 all out in 41 overs (Susan Benade 37, Shabnim Ismail 31, Mignon du Preez 29; Sian Ruck 4-31, Morna Nielsen 3-34, Lea Tahuhu 2-27) Australia 175 all out in 46.1 overs (Rachael Haynes 39, Sarah Coyte 35 not out, Lisa Sthalekar 32; Sadia Yousuf 3-30, Asmavia Iqbal 2-36) vs Pakistan84 all out in 33.2 overs (Bismah Maroof 43; Sarah Coyte 3- 20, Holly Ferling 2-10, Ellyse Perry 2-18, Lisa Sthalekar 2-19)