Match Report | CWG Qualifiers | Athapaththu continues her good form and helps Sri Lanka to register a win by 9 wickets over Kenya
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
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In Match 5 of the CWG 2022 Qualifiers, Kenya was up against the mighty Sri Lankans. In their respective 1st game, Sri Lanka won by 109 runs and Kenya lost by 80 runs.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka opted to bowl first and had Kenya on the backfoot with their score reading 26/3 after 7.3 overs which included two run-outs. After all the hustle and bustle, Queentor Abel 33 (53) and Sarah Wetoto 29 (31) settled down and built up a partnership of 45 runs. But, skipper Athapaththu broke the partnership by taking the wicket of Abel.
With this, Atapattu accomplished the milestone of 50 international wickets - 27 in T20Is and 23 in ODIs. Kavisha Dilhari (1/11 in 4 overs) started to tighten things up for the Kenya batters as they could only manage 9 runs in the last 3 overs as they finished with 87 for 6.
In response, Athapathtu starred with the bat again as she scored her 2nd consecutive half-century 57 (29) and Sri Lanka chased down the total in just 9.3 overs. Vishmi Gunaratne also played a handy knock of 26 as Sri Lanka defeated Kenya by 9 wickets. Esther Wachira was the only wicket-taker from the Kenya side, who took the prized wicket of Sri Lanka's skipper.
Chamari Athapaththu was adjudged as the Player of the Match for her all-round performance of 1/10 (3) and 57 (29).
Kenya - 87/6 (20 overs) Q. Abel 33 (53), S. Wetoto 29 (31); C. Athapaththu 1/10 (3), K. Dilhari 1/11 (4)
Sri Lanka - 89/1 (9.3 overs) C. Athapaththu 57 (29), V. Gunaratne 26* (26); E. Wachira 1/4 (1)