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ICC T20 World Cup | Retiring Siriwardena Bowls Sri Lanka to Emphatic Win

The clinical nine-wicket win was their first of the event to leave them fourth in Group A, with Bangladesh crashing to defeat in all four games to prop up the table.

AFP |March 2, 2020, 9:53 AM IST
ICC T20 World Cup | Retiring Siriwardena Bowls Sri Lanka to Emphatic Win

Sri Lanka ended their women's Twenty20 World Cup on a high Monday with a crushing victory over Bangladesh in a fitting farewell to retiring veteran Shashikala Siriwardena, who bagged a tournament-best 4-16.

The clinical nine-wicket win was their first of the event to leave them fourth in Group A, with Bangladesh crashing to defeat in all four games to prop up the table.

India, England and South Africa have all qualified for the semi-finals with a crunch match between defending champions Australia and arch-rivals New Zealand later Monday determining the last berth.

While Pakistan and Bangladesh couldn't reach the knockouts, there was plenty riding on the outcome with the winner avoiding having to qualify for the 2022 tournament in South Africa by virtue of finishing as one of the top eight sides.

"Really happy with the performance. This game was always going to be tough for us, but our players, particularly the bowlers, did very well," said Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu, who paid tribute to Siriwardena.

"She's a legend in Sri Lanka and she's the big sister of the Sri Lankan team. I will miss her a lot, but she retired like a champion."

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat on a cool day at Junction Oval in Melbourne, but again failed to fire.

None of their players has managed a half-century during the tournament, with Nigar Sultana Joty once more the standout, smacking 39 in their 91 for eight with no one else managing more than 13.

Allrounder Siriwardena grabbed 4-16 in her last match after a 17-year international career.

"I'm feeling so happy because I could contribute to my team in my last match, so really proud," said the 35-year-old. "It was emotional but you cannot keep emotions on the field."

Sri Lanka made a good start with Atapattu crunching 30 before being stumped.

Fellow opener Hasini Perera (39 not out) and Anushka Sanjeewani (16 not out) kept the momentum going to cruise home against a lacklustre bowling attack with 27 balls remaining.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
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