SLW vs NZW: Sri Lanka did a big upset in the ODI series

In the third match of the ODI series held at the Galle International Stadium between Sri Lanka Women Cricket Team and New Zealand Women Cricket Team (SLW vs NZW), once again there was a big upset. Sri Lankan team defeated New Zealand by 8 wickets in a rain interrupted match. Batting first, New Zealand scored 127/2 in 31 overs but rain forced Duckworth Lewis (DLS) to set Sri Lanka a target of 196 runs in 29 overs, which the Sri Lankan batsmen achieved in 26.5 overs.

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After winning the toss, the New Zealand women’s team decided to bat first. The visiting team’s opener Bernadine Bezuidenhut was run out for 4 but Suzie Bates and Melia Kerr then shared a 46-run partnership. Melia Kerr scored 19. Sophie Devine and Suzy Bates put on an unbeaten 74-run partnership for the fourth wicket but play was stopped when rain caused prolonged incessant rain. New Zealand were not given a chance to bat again and Sri Lanka were given a difficult target of 196 runs in 29 overs according to the Duckworth-Lewis method.

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The start of the Sri Lankan team was very poor in reply to the target in this SLW vs NZW match. Vishmi Gunaratne (0) and Harshita Samarawickrama (3 runs) returned to the pavilion on the team’s score of 6 runs. Captain Chamari Atapattu and Neelakshi de Silva stitched a record-breaking partnership of 190 runs for any wicket for the Sri Lankan women’s team. Chamari Atapattu hit a blazing century and played a blistering inning of 140 off 80 balls, which included 13 fours and 9 sixes. Neelakshi de Silva, who supported her, played an unbeaten inning of 48 runs and contributed significantly to her team’s victory.

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Sri Lanka have won the ODI series 2-1 by winning the first and third ODIs. Sri Lanka has defeated New Zealand in only two matches till date, which has been seen in this ODI series.

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