ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier: Sri Lanka close in on Super Six

 Sri Lanka completed an eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe at the NCC grounds yesterday, a result that took them closer to the Super Six and to second place in Group A of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier.

Zimbabwe got off to a slow start after electing to bat, with the openers putting on 30 in 13.3 overs, before falling off consecutive overs. The breakthrough was made by left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera, who returned later to take wickets off the 32nd, 34th, and 36th over to leave Zimbabwe struggling at 96 for 6. Ranaweera, who finished with 4 for 18, was supported by medium-pacers Chamari Polgampola (2-21) and Chamari Atapattu (2-21).

For Zimbabwe, Mary-Anne Musonda top-scored with 32; only two other batsmen got into the twenties as they folded for 149. In response, Sri Lanka were powered by an opening stand of 77 and an unbroken 57 for the third wicket as they chased the target down with 69 balls to spare. Atapattu followed up her two wickets with a 58, while Polgampola (27 n.o.) and Prasadani Weerakkody (33 n.o.) took them home.

OTHER RESULTS

=At P Sara Oval: South Africa 101/4 (25.2) beat Bangladesh 100 (46.5)

=At CCC: Ireland 218/7 (50) beat Thailand 172/9 (50) by 46 runs.

=At MCA: Scotland 169 (50) beat Papua New Guinea 162 (50) by 7 runs.

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