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Mandhana’s sparkling fifty helps India level series

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Led by Smriti Mandhana’s sparkling unbeaten 53-ball 79, India cruised to a comfortable 8- wicket win in the second T20I against England, in Derby, on Wednesday (September 14), to level the threematch series 1-1. Chasing 143 for a win, India overhauled England’s total with 20 balls to spare. Mandhana, who was yet again the aggressor in the powerplay, got going with an uppish cut through the point region for a boundary, and continued to dominate the run-scoring in the half-century stand complied for the opening wicket with Shafali Verma in the powerplay. After a breezy start, she cut loose against Freya Kemp, cracking three boundaries in a space of four balls of the fifth over to assert India’s dominance in the contest. However, a couple of wickets – Shafali and D Hemalatha – pegged India slightly back in the middle overs.

While Shafali offered a return catch to Sophie Ecclestone in the last ball of the powerplay, Hemalatha was cleaned up by Davies in the ninth over, leaving India down to 77 for 2. Harmanpreet Kaur released a bit of that pressure with a couple of boundaries against Sarah Glenn early on, and then steadied the innings with frequent rotation of strike in the company of Mandhana. She even had her share of luck, which included a dropped catch by Danni Wyatt at deep mid wicket when she was batting on 18. As the alliance prospered and brought India close to the victory margin, Mandhana broke free again against Davies,

cracking the pacer for three boundaries and picking up 15 runs in four legitimate deliveries to help the side over the line, with the experienced duo forging an unbeaten 69-run alliance in only 8 overs. Earlier in the day, England looked in trouble after electing to bat first. By the third over, they had all their top order batters back in the dugout. Sophia Dunkley was tricked and stumped off Deepti Sharma, Danni Wyatt was dismissed by Renuka Singh and Alice Capsey was run out in her ambitious attempt for a third run while her partner wasn’t ready for it. Bryony Smith and Amy Jones briefly revived England’s innings but struggled to do it at a good enough pace against the offspin duo of Deepti and Sneh Rana.

Bryony was even dropped by Pooja Vastrakar at deep mid wicket in the eighth over, but she did little of the opportunity provided. Her attempt to go big again, against Sneha Rana off the next ball, backfired as Radha Yadav pulled off a superb diving catch at long on. In her next over, Rana also had Jones cleaned up, but Freya Kemp’s counter-attack had brought life to the England innings. She clubbed three boundaries and as many sixes en route her unbeaten 37-ball 51, adding 65 runs in 48 balls with Maia Bouchier for the sixth wicket.

Brief Scores:

England Women 142/6 in 20 overs (Freya Kemp 51*, Maia Bouchier 34; Sneh Rana 3-24, Deepti Sharma 1-21) lost to India Women 146/2 in 16.4 overs (Smriti Mandhana 79*, Harmanpreet Kaur 29*; Sophie Eccelstone 1-22) by 8 wickets

(Cricbuzz)



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Halambage spins Petes to title

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Under 19 Division I Tier ‘B’ cricket

St. Peter’s registered a dominant six wickets win over Thurstan after restricting the latter to 114 runs to clinch the Under 19 Division I Tier ‘B’ cricket tournament title for the second consecutive time at the Colts Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Vishen Halambage who had featured prominently for Petes during this tournament produced notable all-round performances once again for the school from Bambalapitiya to conclude the tournament as an unbeaten team.

Put to bat Thurstan openers defied Petes for 14 overs before Sean Roberts got them their first breakthrough. That triggered a collapse from which Thurstan never recovered.Lakindu Sachin and Sean Roberts who shared the new ball did well to restrict Thurstan openers to a low score. Skipper Nimuthu Gunawardhana and Shennan Rodrigo then joined to build further pressure before Vishen Halambage combined with Lashmika Perera to rattle Thurstan for 114 runs.

Halambage took four wickets for 33 runs while Perera took three wickets. In their essay, the Petes openers Ovin Salgado and Halambage got them off to a strong start crossing the 50 runs mark without being parted. While Salgado made 39 runs, Halambage added 25 runs. After they were dismissed in quick succession skipper Gunawardena scored an unbeaten 31 runs to seal the victory with many overs to spare.

Scores:

Thurstan 114 all out in 41.2 overs (Ramika Sonal 20, Thenuka Dewapriya 27; Vishen Helambage 4/33, Lashmika Perera 3/19)

St. Peter’s 115 for 4 in 21.3 overs (Ovin Salgado 39, Vishen Helambage 25, Nimuthu Gunawardhana 31n.o.; Thanuga Palihawadana 2/24)

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Tharushi, Isuru beat odds to break meet records

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All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships

by Reemus Fernando

Both sprinter Isuru Kaushalya and Tharushi Karunaratne had to face ordeals in the run up to the All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships due to the unavailability of their regular training grounds. But those setbacks could not hold the duo from excelling as they went on to establish new meet records at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Sunday.

Ratnayake Central Walala runner Karunaratne had allegedly been ill treated by the officials of the Digana Sports Complex for failing to pay 30 rupees to enter the stadium for her daily routine. Her brother, Harsha Karunaratne, who is among top notch athletes in the country, had questioned the rationale behind such a move. Instead of solving the minor payment issue the Central Province Sports authorities had closed the Sports Complex for him for two weeks without conducting even an inquiry.

Despite the setback, Tharushi, who has represented Sri Lanka at back to back World Junior Athletics Championships lived up to her billing. By third day yesterday she had three first places against her name including two new meet records.

Yesterday she won the Under 20 girls’ 200 metres before anchoring the Under 20 girls’ 4×400 metres team to a new meet record time of 3:53.82 seconds. On Saturday she broke the Under 20 girls’ 400 metres record as well.

Ananda Sastralaya, Mathugama sprinter Kaushalya could not attend regular training at Public Ground Matugama in the run up to the meet. The ground had got muddied after a carnival held at the venue. The authorities had not taken measures to prevent heavy vehicles coming in to the ground during the carnival. Yesterday, Kaushalya overcame the setback to establish a new meet record in the Under 20 boys’ 200 metres. He clocked 21.47 seconds to erase Shehan Ambepitiya’s 2008 record. He was also the winner of the 400 metres of the age category on Saturday.

Deneth Induwara of Leeds International made his presence felt as he registered his second record breaking performance. Sprinter bagged the 200 metres title of the Under 18 age category with a 21.73 seconds meet record time. That was following his record breaking 100 metres dash. Today is the fourth day of the championship.

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Salamuthu, Tharushi excel with impressive 400 metre feats

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by Reemus Fernando

Thurstan College sprinter Salamuthu Jayathilaka with his personal best and Ratnayake Central, Walala athlete Tharushi Karunaratne with a meet record performance excelled on day two of the All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Saturday.

Asian Youth Athletics Championship medallist Jayathilaka returned his best, clocking 47.74 seconds to win the Under 18 boys’ 400 metres.It was the first time the athlete trained by Asanka Rajakaruna clocked sub 48 seconds in the 400 metres. His silver medal winning feat at the Asian event in Kuwait was 48.56 seconds.

In the Under 20 girls’ 400 metres, Tharushi smashed the meet record with a feat of 54.22 seconds. She broke the record held by Yamani Dulanjalee of Ambagamuwa Central. In the corresponding boys’ event Ananda Sastralaya, Matugama sprinter Isuru Kaushalya remained unchallenged from the start to win in a 47.33 seconds, while Ambagamuwa Central hurdler Dhanuka Dharshana clocked 47.99 seconds to be placed second.

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