Sri Lanka bounced back into recognition with a morale boosting 146-run victory over Ireland in their ICC Women’s World Cup Group ‘A’ Qualifier match played at the NCC Grounds in Maitland Place on Wednesday (8).

Sri Lanka beat Ireland Women by 146 runs in a Group A game of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers 2017 © ICC

Sri Lanka beat Ireland Women by 146 runs in a Group A game of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers 2017 © ICC

Sri Lanka after going down to India in their opening fixture of the tournament on the previous day came out with an improved performance to record a convincing win which wasalso the biggest victory in terms of runs in the tournament so far.

Sri Lanka electing to bat first after winning the toss compiled 239 for eight from their 50 overs with Prasadani Weerakkody (61) and Dilani Manodara (53 n. o) playing the sheet anchor role.

In reply, Ireland were skittle out for 93 in 36.1 overs with pace bowler Inoshi Fernando ripping through the opposition top order to finish with three for 21 and winning the Player of the Match award.

Meanwhile, India cruised to their second successive victory of the tournament as they outplayed Thailand by nine wickets in another Group ‘A’ match played at the CCC Grounds in Maitland Crescent.

In addition, Pakistan did well to defend their total of 227 while overcoming Bangladesh by 67 runs in a Group ‘B’ match played at the P. Sara Stadium.

Chief scores:
(Group ‘A’):
At CCC Grounds (India beat Thailand by nine wickets)
Thailand: 55 in 29.1 overs (Mansi Joshi 3/4, Deepti Sharma 2/8, Poonam Yadav 2/10, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2/8)
India: 59/1 in 12.4 overs (Thirush Kamini 24 n. o).

At NCC Grounds (Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 146 runs)
Sri Lanka: 239/8 in 50 overs (Prasadani Weerakkody 61, Dilani Manodara 53 n. o, Nipuni Hansika 31, Isobel Joyce 4/39, Gaby Lewis 2/41)
Ireland: 93 in 36.1 overs (Clare Shillington 36 n. o, Inoshi Priyadarshini 3/21, Inoka Ranaweera 2/16, Sripali Weerakkody 2/37).

(Group ‘B’):
At MCA Grounds (South Africa beat Scotland by six wickets)
Scotland: 142 in 50 overs (Kari Anderson 50, Shabnam Ismail 3/30, Abyabonga Khaka 2/9, Dane van Niekerk 2/21)
South Africa 143/4 in 33.1 overs (Chloe Tryon 45 n. o, Trisha Chetty 35 n. o, Laura Wolvaardt 35, Kirstie Gordon 2/39).

At P. Sara Stadium (Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 67 runs)
Pakistan: 227 in 50 overs (Bismah Maroof 35, Ayesha Zafar 34, Rabiya Shah 34, Aliya Riaz 31, Rumana Ahmed 3/40, Salma Khatun 2/37, Khadija Tul Kubra 2/43)
Bangladesh: 160 in 49.3 overs (Nigar Sultana 41, Sanjida Islam 34, Ghulam Fatima 3/28, Sana Mir 2/19, Nashra Sandhu 2/27).