Sri Lanka Women down Ireland Women by 14 runs
Sri Lanka Women down Ireland Women by 14 runs

Mohali, March 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka Women defeated Ireland Women by 14 runs in a World T20 group phase clash at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.

Ireland managed only 115 in their allotted 20 overs after being set a target of 130.

Their chase got off to a poor start when Clare Shillington (1) was bowled by Sugandaki Kumari (3/24) in the second over and never really got going with first down batswoman Cath Dalton (5) departing in the fourth over with the score at 18/2.

Isobel Joyce (24), together with Cecila Joyce (29) and later with Laura Delany (29) restored the innings somewhat and gave them a chance to chase down the target.

But Isobel was run out in the 16th over, with the score at 87/4, ruining their chances of the chase falling apart under pressure with wickets falling regularly.

Earlier, Sri Lanka got a positive start to their innings with Chamari Atapattu (34) and Yasoda Mendis (9) posting 45 in 5.2 overs.

Mendis’s dismissal by Ciara Metcalfe (4/15) triggered a collapse, reducing them to 59/5 inside 10 overs.

But Prasadani Weerakkody’s (32) contribution proved crucial and she together with Eshani Lokusuriyage (35) helped Sri Lanka to 129/7.

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