Chamari finally clicks as SL end tour on high


Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Athapatthu and Harshitha Madavi’s explosive batting scripted Sri Lanka’s 93-run win over Pakistan in the third and final ODI in Karachi yesterday.

Sri Lankan lasses posted a decent 260-7 in their allotted 50 overs, thanks to a match defining 152-run partnership for the third wicket between Chamari and Harshitha after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Sri Lanka were off to a poor start when opener Hasini Perera (3) was run-out in the very first over, and adding salt to their wound, she was followed by one down batter Hansima Karunaratne (0) who was trapped LBW in the very next over.

However, when the chips were down, Harshitha joined skipper Chamari in the middle and the duo played some fearless cricket to revive their innings.

After failing throughout the series Chamari came to the rescue in their last outing with a blistering 101 runs off 85 balls including 13 boundaries and a six (her sixth ODI century), while Harshitha played an anchor role and went onto score a watchful 75 runs off 128 deliveries including 3 boundaries.

The duo were engaged in an 152-run partnership for the third wicket until spinner Nida Dar got the breakthrough in the 31st over when she deceived Chamari to leave the crease and was stumped. However, it doesn’t detract from her glorious inning, for which she got a standing ovation from her teammates.

With their set batter back in the hut, Harshitha continued to rotate the strike and added another important 60-run partnership for the 4th wicket along with Kavisha Dilhari (28).

At a time when Sri Lanka looked to accelerate their innings Pakistan finally got the all important wicket of Harshitha in the 44th over to apply the brakes to Sri Lanka’s charge.

Nilakshi de Silva laid the final touches with a quick 18-ball 24 to help Sri Lanka post a competitive total.

In reply, Pakistan lost the plot from the get go and were bundled out for 167 in 41.4 overs. Aliya Riaz (56) and Omaima Sohail (40) were the only batters to impress, while the other batters failed to reach at least the 20-run mark.

It was Chamari’s day as she delivered with the ball as well, bagging two wickets and being engaged in a run-out.

Oshadi Ranasinghe also bagged two wickets, while Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera and Kavisha Dilahri shared a wicket each. 

Pakistan won the series 2-1.

Brief scores:

Sri Lanka: 260-7 (50) (Chamari Athapatthu 101, Harshitha Madavi 75, Anam Amin 2-43, Fatima Sana 2-51)

Pakistan: 167-all out (41.4) (Aliya Riaz 56, Omaima Sohail 40, Chamari Athapatthu 2-28, Oshadi Ranasinghe 2-29)

By Mustaq Sydeen