2013 Women’s World Cup Round-up: Sri Lanka shock England

Group A: Sri Lanka beat England by one wicket

England 238-8 in 50 overs (Jenny Gunn 52, Amy Jones 41, Heather Knight 38, Arran Brindle 31; Chamani Seneviratna 2-35, Eshani Kaushalya 2-49, Shashikala Siriwardene 2-62) lost to Sri Lanka 244-9 in 50 overs (Chamari Atapattu 62, Eshani Kaushalya 56, Yasoda Mendis 46, Shashikala Siriwardene 34; Katherine Brunt 2-36, Georgia Elwiss 2-39, Arran Brindle 2-38)

In a last-over thriller at the Brabourne stadium, Sri Lanka held their nerve to pip England by one wicket, courtesy a last-ball six from Dilani Manodara. Needing nine from the final six deliveries, Eshani Kaushalya’s six had pretty much put Sri Lanka on track, before she was run out with one run needed from two balls. One wicket in hand. No.10 Manodara hit a ball straight to the fielder, before slogging Georgia Elwiss for a six over midwicket, to spark off wild celebrations amongst the Lankan girls.

Group B:  Australia beat Pakistan by 91 runs

Australia 175 all out in 46.1 overs (Rachael Haynes 39, Sarah Coyte 35 not out, Lisa Sthalekar 32; Sadia Yousuf 3-30, Asmavia Iqbal 2-36) beat Pakistan 84 all out in 33.2 overs (Bismah Maroof 43; Sarah Coyte 3-20, Holly Ferling 2-10, Ellyse Perry 2-18, Lisa Sthalekar 2-19)

Sarah Coyte took 3/20 as Australia bundled out Pakistan for 84, to register a 91-run win at the Barabati stadium in Cuttack. Bismah Maroof (43) was the only Pakistani batswoman who managed to put up a fight, but her dismissal at the hands of Ellyse Perry, brought an end to her resistance and the match. Earlier, Rachael Haynes top-scored with 39, as the Australian women managed a total of 175 all out, after winning the toss and opting to bat first. It proved to be a match-winning start.

Group B:  New Zealand beat South Africa by 150 runs

New Zealand beat South Africa by 150 runs New Zealand 320-5 in 50 overs (Sophie Devine 145, Suzie Bates 72, Nicola Browne 40 not out, Sara McGlashan 32) South Africa 170 all out in 41 overs (Susan Benade 37, Shabnim Ismail 31, Mignon du Preez 29; Sian Ruck 4-31, Morna Nielsen 3-34, Lea Tahuhu 2-27)

Kiwi batswoman Sophie Devine smacked 145 off 131 balls, to lead her team to a formidable total of 320/5, after being asked to bat first by South Africa. In response, South Africa were shot out for just 170, with Sian Ruck taking 4/31, to bring an end to proceedings at the DRIEMS Ground in Cuttack.