Athapaththu, Madavi help SL end tour on a win


Athapaththu hit 101 from 85 balls.

Athapaththu hit 101 from 85 balls. © AFP

Sri Lanka Women denied Pakistan the joy of completing a clean sweep of the white-ball series as captain Chamari Athapaththu scored a fiery 85-ball 101 and then returned to pick a pair of wickets to shine in the victory of her side in the last ODI. Twenty-three-year-old Harshita Madavi scored 75 as Sri Lanka put in 260 for 7 before dismantling Pakistan by a wide margin, at 167 in 42nd over.

Sri Lanka got off to a disastrous start to the day as they lost opener Hasini Perera and Hansima Karunaratne in the second over. But Athapaththu stepped up to send the innings out of the wreckage in the company of Madavi, as the pair added 152 for the third wicket. Though Athapaththu fell, Sri Lanka’s middle class battled through small stands to push the team to 260 for 7.

In response, Pakistan started well but suffered a mini collapse, going from 41 for 0 to 48 for 4. Pakistan pushed back through a middle class alliance between Omaima Sohail and Aliya Riaz. But as Sugandika Kumari cleared the first, another round of wickets followed as Pakistan folded for just 167 in the 42nd over – handing Sri Lanka a 93 run win

Short Scores: Sri Lanka Women beat 260/7 in 50 overs (Athapaththu 101, Madavi 75; Anam Amin 2-43) Pakistani women 167 in 41.4 overs (Aliya Riaz 56, Omaima Sohail 40; Athapaththu 2-20) by 93 runs



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