"Special thanks goes to Udeshika, she's the No. 1 bowler": Chamari Athapaththu

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"Every team has a chance to win the game": Chamari Athapaththu

Chamari Athapaththu in action. ©ICC

After being restricted within 97 runs on the board, Sri Lanka thrashed Bangladesh within 72 and claimed a 33-run win. Both the teams have one group match left for them. This was Sri Lanka's first win in this mega event and this was equally meaningful as well because this will help them to prepare well against the West Indies.

While talking about this, Chamari Athapaththu said, "Actually we won only this match, but we have another match, next match against the West Indies. That is a very important match. But we don't have pressure."

"At the end of the day, we're not losing the last ball. That's the thing. But we plan to play our positive cricket and play our normal game. We trust ourselves. We trust our production. That's our target, and that's our goal."

After having set the 98 for victory, Bangladesh couldn't reach there. "Disappointed," Jahanara Alam said that she doesn't know what happened actually. "Start is very important in any side, I think with the bowl and the bat definitely. But we restrict them 98. This is a good total to chase, I think, and we have a good batting side even. But I don't know what happened. I was very disappointed for us, definitely. We couldn't click with our bat. But we're still hoping, with our confidence next match we'll get harder with the bat."

"Actually our plan is 120, 125, but unfortunately we can't score 125. We are behind in runs. I think Bangladesh bowlers bowled really good," said Athapaththu about Bangladesh team. We all know they have a good bowling attack, good spinners, and the condition is not good for the batters. We all know the condition is now for the spinners especially, bowlers. Then we decided 100 is a good score. We tried to play our -- trust our bowlers. We had a good bowling attack. So finally we won."

Belonging from Bangladesh, a cricket crazy nation, Jahanara thinks they have "disappointed" everyone. Though her bowling is earning praises from everyone. She added, "I can say to them don't lose hope on us. Please keep faith on us!"

Being the champion of Asia Cup and the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, Jahanara told, "We had a goal that we don't want to play any more qualifiers, T20 qualifiers. We had a goal also that we want to play semifinals, but we lost that before we played to this game. And two days after this game, we lost our ranking even."

"I didn't score much in the first two matches, so that's why I'm going down, and the main thing is Shashikala is an experienced player, and me, I have played more cricket, so we tried to build a partnership in the middle of us. That's why I'm going No. 3 and No. 4," explained Athapaththu about her batting order.

Talking about Udeshika Prabodhani's bowling, she shared, "Udeshika was really good. She got two, three wickets early, and the pressure is going to Bangladesh. So that's why we can defend 100 scores. So special thanks goes to Udeshika, she's the No. 1 bowler. She's bowling really good."

Handball and Volleyball player turned cricketer, Jahanara Alam, got the full support from her family. Her good outswinger and base helped her to become the highest wicket-taker at the beginning. "I took 13 wickets, and I've been called to the national camp for the first time. But unluckily, in 2007 it was, unluckily at that time I wasn't selected for the main team. I was in the squad. After 2008 I came to the national team, and I started my career from that until today."