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SL thrashes UAE in Bulawayo

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Sri Lanka thrashed the United Arab Emirates by 175 runs in the third match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 in Bulawayo.

Batting first, Sri Lanka had a solid start provided by Dimuth Karunaratne (52 off 54 balls) and Pathum Nissanka (57 off 76), who scored 95 runs for the first wicket in 17 overs.

All the top four batters for the Lions scored half-centuries with Kusal Mendis top-scoring with 78 off 63 balls followed by Sadeera Samarawickrama’s 73 off 64 balls.

Charith Asalanka provided the finish with his 48 in 23 balls that included two sixes and five fours as Sri Lanka finished at 355/6.

For UAE, Ali Naseer picked two wickets.

Chasing a target of 356, UAE got bowled out for 180 in 39 overs with none of the batters crossing 40-run mark, the highest being 39 by opening batter and captain Muhammad Waseem and wicket keeper Vriitya Arvind.

Wanindu Hasaranga finished with 6/24 in his eight overs – completing his first ODI fifer and 50 ODI wickets in between – and also scored 23 off 12 balls.

Sri Lanka will next meet Oman on June 23 while UAE will play Oman on June 21.

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Five killed, 21 injured in accident at ‘Fox Hill SuperCross’ event

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Tragedy struck at the “Fox Hill Super Cross 2024” racing event in Diyatalawa, resulting in the death of five individuals and leaving 21 others injured, according to Police Media Spokesperson DIG Nihal Thalduwa.

The incident occurred when a race car veered off the track and collided with a group of spectators, DIG Thalduwa explained.

The 28th edition of the ‘Fox Hill SuperCross,’ organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa with the support of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), commenced in Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).

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Chamari’s unbeaten 195 powers SL pull off record run-chase

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Chamari Athapaththu smashed the third-highest individual score in women’s ODIs to help Sri Lanka pull off the highest-ever successful run-chase in women’s ODIs.

Chamari Athapaththu was at her brutal best as Sri Lanka stunned South Africa with a record run-chase in Potchefstroom to level the three-match ICC Women’s Championship ODI series and end a highly successful bilateral tour to the Rainbow Nation.

Chasing 302 to win, Athapaththu led Sri Lanka’s fightback with a stunning hundred, and remained unbeaten on 195, the third-highest score in women’s ODIs, as the visitors overhauled the target with 33 balls to spare.

Athapaththu’s innings was also the second highest individual score in a successful run chase in ODI cricket – both men’s and women’s – marginally behind the magnificent 201* Glenn Maxwell put together for Australia against Afghanistan at last year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Earlier, Laura Wolvaardt continued her stellar run in the bilateral series against Sri Lanka with a second ODI hundred in as many matches. The opener smashed an unbeaten 184 to take South Africa to 301 in the third and final ODI of the series.

Wolvaardt’s knock is the highest score by a South African in women’s ODIs and was also the fourth-highest in women’s ODIs for a brief while, going past Athapaththu’s 178* against Australia in 2017.

Wolvaardt, who had made a hundred in the T20I leg of the tour, also smashed a century in the second ODI in Kimberley on Saturday. On Wednesday, she added another ton to her tally with a spectacular knock.

But her brilliance was overshadowed by her opposite number, Athapaththu, who stole the limelight with a stunning hundred to seal the first-ever successful run-chase of over 300 in women’s ODIs.

Australia had held the record for the highest run-chase in women’s ODIs for more than a decade. In 2012, Australia chased down a target of 289 against New Zealand. Last year, they also chased down 283 against India at the Wankhede.

(icc-cricket.com)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by icc-cricket.com has not been edited by SLM staff)

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SL badminton player qualifies for 2024 Olympics

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Sri Lankan badminton player Viren Nettasinghe has qualified for the 2024 Olympic Games.

According to the Sri Lankan sports ministry, 20-year-old Nettasinghe is one of the youngest players in the world to secure direct qualification for the tournament.

The 2024 Olympic Games will take place in Paris, France from July 26.

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