Match Report – SL-W vs WI-W 1st ODI, June 15, 2024

Sri Lankan women 198 for 4 (Samarawickrama 44*, Hasini 43, Alleyne 2-22, Fletcher 2-31) West Indian women 195 (Matthews 38, Taylor 33, Kumari 3-30, Dilhari 3-41) with six wickets

Three-wicket hauls from Sugandika Kumari and Kavisha Dilhari ensured Sri Lanka recorded their first Women’s ODI win over the West Indies since 2015, with the hosts leading 1-0 in the three-match series. Since that last win in 2015, Sri Lanka had lost their last six ODIs against the West Indies in this match in Hambantota.

West Indies were sent in and made a strong start, reaching 75 for 1 thanks to a 68-run second-wicket stand between Hayley Matthews and Shemaine Campbelle. They lost steam after left-arm spinner Kumari broke that partnership in the 19th over, but lost their last eight wickets for 120 runs. Matthews (38) apart, only Stafanie Taylor (33) got past 30 as the spinners, led by Kumari and Dilhari, took away the wickets.

Sri Lanka’s top five managed to complete the chase perfectly, with four of them passing the 35 mark. Captain Chamari Athapaththu (38) and Vishmi Gunaratne (40) made a solid start, reaching 88 in 13.2 overs before Sri Lanka stumbled briefly. he lost three wickets for 13 runs, two of which came at Aaliyah Alleyne’s medium pace. However, Harshitha Samarawickrama (44*) and Hasini Perera (43) ensured that there would be no further major problems, putting on 63 for the fourth wicket to almost seal the victory before Afy Fletcher took a consolation wicket late in the match. game.