GALLE – West Indies Women imploded in spectacular fashion to lose to Sri Lanka by five runs in a rain-affected match in Galle today.
Chasing a modest D/L target of 48 runs in eight overs, West Indies appeared well on their way with Tremayne Smartt getting a boundary off the first ball and nine runs in the opening over.
The first ball of the second over resulted in a run-out, but with previous match’s top-scorer Deandra Dottin opening her account with a boundary, the match was in West Indies’ control.
Though Inoka Ranaweera’s double-strike in the third over injected some life into the game, West Indies continued to attack, taking 10 runs off the fourth over. Two overs and another run out later, West Indies needed 12 off 12 with six wickets in hand and were still ahead. However, the next six balls capsized the chase.
The first was a dot ball and Chamani Seneviratna had Juliana Nero stumped off the second. Third ball saw the third run-out of the innings. A dot ball was then followed by a stumping, which was followed by another dot and the advantage was duly handed over to Sri Lanka. There were no more surprises in the last over, just a bonus run-out.
West Indies had put Sri Lanka in to bat in a match reduced to 17-overs a side after wet outfield had delayed the start by an hour. Sri Lanka made a good start with 21 off three overs, but the loss of their openers in consecutive overs slowed them down. The rains came again and Sri Lanka’s innings was halted at 50 for 3 after 10.3 overs, with West Indies getting a revised D/L target of 48.
West Indies’ loss meant that all four teams in the group are now tied on points. (Cricinfo)
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