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Sri Lanka clinch emphatic T20 World Cup win against Bangladesh

  • Published at 05:33 am March 2nd, 2020

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat against Sri Lanka on a cool day at Junction Oval in Melbourne, but again failed to fire as they managed to score 91 runs in 20 overs 

Sri Lanka ended their women's Twenty20 World Cup on a high Monday with a crushing victory over Bangladesh in a fitting farewell to retiring veteran Shashikala Siriwardena, who bagged a tournament-best 4-16.

The clinical nine-wicket win was their first of the event to leave them fourth in Group A, with Bangladesh crashing to defeat in all four games to prop up the table.

India, England and South Africa have all qualified for the semi-finals with a crunch match between defending champions Australia and arch-rivals New Zealand later Monday determining the last berth.

While Pakistan and Bangladesh couldn't reach the knockouts, there was plenty riding on the outcome with the winner avoiding having to qualify for the 2022 tournament in South Africa by virtue of finishing as one of the top eight sides.

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat on a cool day at Junction Oval in Melbourne, but again failed to fire.

None of their players has managed a half-century during the tournament, with Nigar Sultana Joty once more the standout, smacking 39 in their 91 for eight with no one else managing more than 13.

Allrounder Siriwardena grabbed 4-16 in her last match after a 17-year international career.

Sri Lanka made a good start with Atapattu crunching 30 before being stumped.

Fellow opener Hasini Perera (39 not out) and Anushka Sanjeewani (16 not out) kept the momentum going to cruise home against a lacklustre bowling attack with 27 balls remaining.

Having suffered losses in all four games, Bangladesh end their campaign on a disappointing note to finish bottom of the group. Things could have been slightly different for Sri Lanka had they capitalised on their chances to cause an upset over Australia but eventually, they finish fourth with two points, just above Bangladesh.

Brief scores: Bangladesh Women 91/8 in 20 overs (Nigar Sultana 39; Shashikala Siriwardene 4-16) lost to Sri Lanka Women 92/1 in 15.3 overs (Hasini Perera 39*, Chamari Athapaththu 30; Nahida Akter 1-18) by nine wickets

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