It was a fitting farewell to legendary Shashikala Siriwardene as Sri Lanka finished defeated Bangladesh by nine wickets to end their T20 World Cup campaign on a high. First, they restricted Bangladesh to 91/8 in 20 overs, thanks to Siriwardene's 4/16, before Chamari Atapattu (30) and Hasini Perera (39) led them to victory.
It's a double-header today with the most important Australia versus New Zealand Group A encounter coming up in a few minutes.
Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun: Today we fared bad on the field. The batting let us down. We will go to Bangladesh and after few days rest we will see what went wrong for us.
Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu: Actually I am happy with our performance. We knew this game would be tough but we played well to win the match. Shashikala is like a big sister in my team. She is retiring like a champion and all the best to her for the future.
Player of the Match Shashikala Siriwardene: "I played too long and that why I am very emotional. I thank my team who have been there with me for 17 years, they protected me and that's why I have been here for long. After injuries they really helped me, they really protected me. I'll keep in touch with cricket, maybe I can give service to women's cricket in the future. I've been playing since eight or nine years old. I want to thank especially my father who is no more. It's because of him I'm here today. My brother, sister and husband because of whom I was able to play after marriage. All the coaches, SLC cricket officials, all my clubs and current Sri Lanka navy. My physios, doctors, trainers. I wish all the best to the team."
Sri Lanka 92/1 in 15.3 overs
It's all over as Hasini Perera and Anushka Sanjeewani get the got done for Sri Lanka in 15.3 overs against Bangladesh to end their T20 World Cup campaign on a high. Perera remained unbeaten on 39.
Sri Lanka 51/1 in 8.5 overs, need 41 overs
Finally, Bangladesh have their first breakthrough as Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu departs for a well-made 30, stumped by wicket-keeper Nigar Sultana off the bowling of Nahida Akter. Earlier, Atapattu hit a six to bring the fifty-run partnership with Hasini Perera in the same over.
Meanwhile, Akter became the youngest woman to pick 50 T20I wickets at 20 years 0 days surpassing England's Sophie Ecclestone who achieved the feat a day earlier at 20 years 300 days.
Sri Lanka 35/0 in 6 overs, need 57 runs
Sri Lanka are cruising well towards their first win of the tournament as captain Chamari Atapattu and Hasini Perera have given them a steady yet cautious start. While Atapattu is batting on 22, her partner is at 12 not out.
Sri Lanka 7/2 in 2 overs, need 85 runs
Disappointing start for Bangladesh as Fargana Hoque drops dangerous Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu at mid-off off the bowling of Panna Ghosh. Atapattu then hits a boundary to finish the over.
Earlier in the first over, Nigar Sultana had dropped Hasini Perera off Salma Khatun.
A maiden to start the chase for Sri Lanka bowled by opposition skipper Salman Khatun. Khatun could have got her first
Feeling so happy that I could contribute for the team in my last match. It was emotional. I just focussed on what I have to do in this innings. Nice gesture from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It has been 17 long years with the game and that's more than half of my life. Priorities are changing now as I get older. I think its time for the youngsters to come in. I never got a fifer but it's my seventh four-wicket haul.
Bangladesh 91/8 in 20 overs
A horrible mix up and eight runs in the last over as Bangladesh fail to cross the 100-run mark. Nigar Sultana was the top scorer for Bangladesh with a 45-ball 39.
Bangladesh 82/7 in 18.5 overs
It's again Shashikala Siriwardene as the legendary spinner picks up her third wicket in the day dismissing Ritu Moni for eight. Moni comes down the down but finds Sugandika Kumari at mid-off. She then dismisses Fahima Khatun in the same over to finish her career with 4-0-16-4.
Bangladesh 56/4 in 11.5 overs
Kavisha Dilhari picks up Fargana Hoque for 13. Hoque tries to sweep a full delivery but misses it completely as the ball hits the pad and the umpire raises his finger. A review was taken but it stays with the umpires' call.
Bangladesh 39/3 in 10 overs
Impressive show by the Sri Lankans as the Islanders have tightened the screws on Bangladesh at the halfway stage with Fargana Hoque (9 not out) and Nigar Sultana (5 not out) currently at the crease. How much they can get from here?
Bangladesh 26/3 in 6 overs
What a start for Achini Kulasuriya as she strikes twice in her opening over dismissing Ayasha Rahman and Sanjida Islam. While Rahman was plumb in front for six, Sanjida tried to slash a short wide delivery but ended up edging to the wicket-keeper. End of power play.
Bangladesh 5/1 in 1.4 overs
Sri Lanka gets the first breakthrough as Shashikala Siriwardene gets Bangladesh opener Murshida Khatun for just three. Khatun tries to sweep but gets a big top edge as with Hasini Perera taking the catch. Nice start for Siriwardene in her last match.
Bangladesh 3/0 in 1 over
Tidy start from Sri Lanka Udeshika Prabodhani concedes only three runs from the opening over. Meanwhile, things not looking good for Umesha Thimasini as it seems she has injured her shoulder while saving a boundary at mid-on. Doctors are in and she is being taken out of the field.
The conditions have changed at the Junction Oval today. The wind has picked ups slightly and it's 15 degree celsius and pretty cold. This is a fresh pitch and looks very good for batting.
Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun: We will bat first. The wicket looks good. Two changes for us. We want to finish with a win.
Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu: We wanted to bowl first, I'm confident about the bowling. We have made two changes as well. This is a big game for us, we want a win before going back home.
Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bat first. A couple of changes for both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka each.
Bangladesh: Murshida Khatun, Ayasha Rahman, Sanjida Islam, Nigar Sultana, Fargana Hoque, Rumana Ahmed, Ritu Moni, Salma Khatun, Fahim Khatun, Panna Ghosh, Nahida Akter.
Sri Lanka: Chamari Atapattu (c), Umesha Thimashini, Hasini Perera, Harshitha Madavi, Anushka Sanjeewani (w), Shashikala Siriwardene, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Sugandika Kumari, Udeshika Prabodhani, Achini Kulasuriya.
Hello and welcome everyone to match No.17 of the T20 World Cup between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Both the teams have failed to register a victory in the tournament and want to finish on a high. It is also Shashikala Siriwardene's international last match for Sri Lanka.
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