Shashikala Siriwardene's unbeaten 50 helped Sri Lanka Women beat Ireland Women by 49 runs. © Wisden India

Shashikala Siriwardene's unbeaten 50 helped Sri Lanka Women beat Ireland Women by 49 runs. © Wisden India

Fifties from Shashikala Siriwardene, the captain, and Deepika Rasangika helped Sri Lanka Women beat Ireland Women by 49 runs at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan No 4 Ground in Savar in their second warm-up match ahead of the Women’s World Twenty20 2014.

Put into bat, Sri Lanka batted well to post 170 for 5 in their 20 overs on Thursday (March 20), and then Chandima Gunaratne and Inoka Ranaweera picked up two wickets each to restrict Ireland to 121 for 9.

Chamari Atapattu and Rasangika set the platform for Sri Lanka with a 50-run stand for the second wicket before Atapattu retired out for 17. She was one of the three players to do so as none of the Irish bowlers apart from Elena Tice and Isobel Joyce had success with the ball.

Siriwardene came to the crease after Rasangika retired for 50 (31 balls) in the last ball of the 13th over. Siriwardene batted aggressively, hitting five fours and two sixes, and remained unbeaten on 50, which came off 28 balls. On the back of her effort, Sri Lanka added 68 in the last seven overs.

Ireland’s chase never got going. They lost Emma Flanagan, Clare Shillington, Isobel and Tice before the tenth over. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and no one except for Cecelia Joyce, who made 41, could hold the innings together.

Ireland play their second and final warm-up match against India on March 21, while Sri Lanka play their first match of tournament proper against India on March 24.

Pakistan Women, meanwhile, registered a nervy five-run win over Bangladesh Women in their second warm-up match at the Krira Shikkha Protisthan No.3 Ground.

Bowled out for 81 in 19.5 overs, Pakistan’s bowlers came to the rescue to restrict Bangladesh to 76 for 6 in 20 overs. Asmavia Iqbal was the pick of the lot with figures of 3 for 8. She was well supported by Anam Amin, who picked up two wickets.

Chasing the meagre total, Bangladesh overcame an early setback of losing three wickets in less than five overs. Ayasha Rahman (28), who top-scored, shared crucial stands with Fargana Hoque and Nuzhat Tasnia for the fourth and fifth wickets respectively, but Bangladesh ran out of overs.

Earlier in the day, asked to bat, Pakistan were reduced to 14 for 4 in the sixth over and were in desperate need of a strong partnership.

That came when Sana Mir, the captain, and Nahida Khan put on 27 runs in five overs for the sixth wicket. But that was the highest stand of the innings and left Pakistan with little chance of putting up a big total.

A tidy bowling display from Fahima Khatun added to Pakistan’s woes, but Nahida managed to add 30 runs before she was dismissed. Pakistan folded an over later.

Bangladesh will square off against South Africa on March 21 for their final warm-up, while Pakistan take on South Africa at Sylhet on March 23 in the main leg of the tournament.


Brief Scores:

Sri Lanka Women 170/5 in 20 overs (Deepika Rasangika 50 retd., Hasini Perera 25 retd., Shashikala Siriwardene 50 n.o.) beat Ireland Women 121/9 in 20 overs (Cecelia Joyce 41 retd., Melissa Scott-Hayward 22; Chandima Gunaratne 2-22, Inoka Ranaweera 2-11) by 49 runs.

Pakistan Women 81 in 19.5 overs (Nahida Khan 30; Salma Khatun 3-11, Jahanara Alam 2-11, Fahima Khatun 2-20) beat Bangladesh Women 76/6 in 20 overs (Ayasha Rahman 28, Nuzhat Tasnia 21 n.o.; Asmavia Iqbal 3-8, Anam Amin 2-6) by five runs.