Skipper Chamari Athapaththu scored a brilliant century to guide Sri Lanka to a 8-wicket win over New Zealand Women in the rain-affected third and final One-Day International of the series at the Galle International Stadium.
By virtue of winning today’s tussle, the Lankans sealed the series against New Zealand 2-1.
This is the first time the Sri Lanka Women have beaten New Zealand in an ODI series.
Earlier, New Zealand captain Sophie Devine opted to bat first after winning the toss.
However, their innings was limited to 31 overs due to heavy rains.
At the stoppage, New Zealand was on 127/2 with Suzie Bates unbeaten on 63 while skipper Devine not out on 38.
Sri Lanka was then given a revised target of 196 in 29 overs.
Athapaththu spearheaded the tricky chase scoring 140 runs in just 80 delivers.
Her unbeaten innings also consisted of 13 fours and nine sixes.
In the process, Chamari Athapaththu also scored her 8th ODI ton. She was ably supported by Nilakshi de Silva who scored 48 not out in 68 balls.
Athapaththu and de Silva put on an unbeaten 190 runs partnership for the third wicket to seal an historic win for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka also won the opening ODI series at the same venue by 9 wickets while New Zealand claimed a 116-run victory in the second game.
Afghanistan wins final T20
The visiting Afghanistan bagged the final T20I held against Sri Lanka in Dambulla today (Feb. 21) by 03 runs after a thrilling match.
Batting first, the visitors scored 209/5. After a strong start, opener Pathum Nissanka retired hurt and Sri Lanka could only score 206/6 by the end of 20 overs.
Match schedule of Bangladesh tour announced
Sri Lanka’s men’s team will tour Bangladesh during March–April this year to take part in an all-format tour.
The tour will feature 03 T20Is, 03 ODIs and 02 Tests.
The match schedule is as follows :
Sri Lanka bags series with 2nd T20 win
Sri Lanka bagged the T20I series against Afghanistan after winning the 2nd T20i game held today (Feb. 19) at Dambulla by 72 runs.
Batting first, the hosts set a target of 188 runs before limiting the visitors to just 115 runs.
In another milestone, Sri Lankan skipper Wanindu Hasaranga became the second Sri Lankan bowler to claim a 100 T20 wickets.
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