Women's T20 World Cup: Siriwardena shines on the Sri Lankan swan

MELBOURNE Shashikala Siriwardena He produced the perfect swan for his international career by taking four wickets in Sri Lanka ICC Women's T20 World Cup victory over Bangladesh here on Monday.

The best of the Siriwardena World Cup and the two by 19 Achini Kulasuriya saw Bangladesh fall in their last match of the tournament.

The 39 of Hasini Perera that did not come out helped seal Sri Lanka's first victory with nine wickets with 27 extra balls.

Siriwardena's figures were the best in the tournament to date in his last international match, with his four-by-16 a memorable farewell after 17 years of service in Sri Lanka's cricket.

He started his swan as he had expected, removing Murshida Khatun by three when Hasini Perera caught the opener from the top edge.

His replacement, Sanjida Islam (13) did not last long, as Kulasuriya took a wicket in the first ball of his spell before catching Ayasha Rahman (6) lbw to finish his first round with two-by-two figures.

Held at 26 for three at the end of the Powerplay, Bangladesh struggled to find any rhythm with the bat as Nigar Sultana Joty (39) and Fargana Hoque Pinky (13) could only take the score on the board to 39 at the midpoint.

Sri Lanka continued to accumulate economic expenses, with Kavisha Dilhari granting two of his first time before taking his first wicket while eliminating Fargana lbw by 13.

Siriwardena took his second scalp in the afternoon when Udeskika Prabodani caught Romanian Ahmed at short fine leg for a duck and added a third when Ritu Moni was caught in the ring by Sugandika Kumari for eight.

Fahima Khatun was dismissed in the same fashion in the penultimate over for one, while Nigar Sultana was run out by Chamari Athapaththu having scored five limits in 91 of Bangladesh by eight.

A wicket maiden of Captain Salma Khatun in the first game started well in Bangladesh, but they lamented a crucial wicket when Fargana dropped Athapaththu halfway into the second.

And the captain's 51-race opening association with Hasini Perera put Sri Lanka on his way in pursuit of 92 races, both batters found two limits, and Athapaththu a six, in the Powerplay.

The captain seemed to be finding his rhythm when he shot six more over Romanian in the limit in the eighth, but was eliminated in the next ball when he was surprised by Nahida Akter.

That scalp turned out to be the perfect 20th birthday gift for Nahida, who became the youngest bowler with 50 T20I wickets.

After their start of flight, Sri Lanka slowed down by Bangladeshi bowlers, but the 39 of Perera did not seal the victory of nine wicket when they retired high.

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