Another Bronze medal winning hope was knocked out by Northern Ireland women’s pugilist Carly McNaul when she beat Sri Lanka’s Keshani Hansika in the over 48-50 kgs (light fly weight) (5-0) in the quarter-final worked off at NIC Stadium last evening in Birmingham.
Hansika, the national champion at domestic level, did not have enough power to defend the punches of the 2018 Silver medalist. While the Northern Ireland boxer landed her punches perfectly, Hansika failed to connect with her punches.
Kalinga Kumarage qualified for the semi-finals of the 400m when he clocked 46.53 seconds and finished fourth in the heats yesterday. His semi-final will be held tomorrow.
Dumindu Abeyawickrama qualified for the round of 16 after toppling Aatish Lubah of Mauritius 2-1 (7-21, 22-20, 11-21) in the men’s singles at NEC badminton courts last evening. He will now meet Samuel Cassar of MLT in the round of 32 match today.
Another disappointing result for the women’s cricket team when they lost to New Zealand by 45 runs at Edgbaston Stadium on Tuesday evening and bowed out of the medals race.
New Zealand stay in the hunt for a medal by booking their place in the knockout stages of the tournament.
The White Ferns posted a modest total of 147/7 from their 20 overs and their experienced bowlers did what was required to ensure New Zealand progressed to the semi-finals.
Experienced openers Suzie Bates (34) and Sophie Devine (24) paced New Zealand’s innings, while veteran Lea Tahuhu (20*) provided some late hitting to boost the Kiwis’ total.
Sri Lanka suffered a big blow when they lost skipper Chamari Athapaththu without scoring in the opening over of the run chase, and were never able to recover despite the best efforts of Nilakshi de Silva (36) and Oshadi Ranasinghe (18*).
Sri Lanka will play their final match against South Africa on Thursday, while New Zealand take on England on the same day to see who finishes on top of their group.
New Zealand: 147/7 (Bates 34, Ranaweera 3-30, Ranasinghe 2-31)
Sri Lanka: 102/8 (de Silva 36, Jensen 3-5, Carson 2-30)
Sri Lanka faced another loss when Ashen Rashimika and Shashimal Malintha lost to Gambia 2 points to one (21-14, 19-21, 15-9, 55-44) in their men’s group A Preliminary round match worked off at Smithfield on Tuesday evening.
In a women’s group B Preliminary round match, Deepika Bandara and Chathurika Weerasinghe were outplayed by Manolina Konstantinou and Zoi Konstantopoulou of Cyprus two points to nil (21-8, 21-10, 42-18).
Chamara Repiyallage who beat Botswana Judoka Tirelo Lekoko in the round of 16 match, went down to Faye Njie from Gambia in the quarter final. He later also lost to Joshua Green of Northern Ireland in a playoff match.
Judoka Rajitha Pushpakumara was beaten by New Zealander Elliott Connolly in the 81 kg elimination round 16 match.
Niklas Vittalis (Sri Lanka) lost to Marion Faustino Ah Tong (Samoa) (5-0) in the over 67-71 kg (Light Middleweight) round of 16.
SL Wrestler goes missing
Wrestler Shanith Chathuranga, a member of the Sri Lankan contingent at the 22nd Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, was reported missing from the hospital where he was in isolation after testing positive for Covid.
Inclusive of the wrestler, three members of the SL contingent have now gone missing in Birmingham. Previously a female Judoka and their Manager had decamped.
The Wrestler tested positive for Covid 19 during a routine test done after arrival in England. He was later cleared and scheduled to join the SL camp.
All Sri Lankan athletes and officials have been granted six months Visa for the Commonwealth Games.
By Asanka Gammanpila in Birmingham