Sri Lanka stamp their class to advance to round 2

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Sri Lanka lasses stamped their class to end top of Group ‘A’ and advance to round 2 when they outplayed Philippines 99-37 on Monday (5) in their last group match at the Asian Netball Championships 2022 at the OCBC Arena, Singapore.

Coming into the match, since both sides were studded with talented players, it was expected to be a cracking encounter, and appeared to be shaping up that way in the opening stage, as Philippines raced to a 2-0 lead.

However, after an inauspicious start Sri Lanka lasses got into their rhythm and reversed the flow of the game to end the 1st quarter leading 27-04.

Taking advantage of some brilliant supply from the goal setter and mid-courter, the Sri Lankan girls produced a perfect shooting display with one goal after another in the second quarter. The five time champions impressed with their frequent use of the bounce-pass, and the one-handed shooting style of their goal shooter doubled their lead, and the second quarter ended 52-16 in favour of the Lankan lasses.

Starting the second half, both teams shifted gears and upped the pace of play in comparison to the first half. Chathurangi Jayasooriya was the player to watch as she won decent rebounds and took successful attempts at crucial moments of the game. Sri Lanka, playing with a wider spread and faster game, exploited the gaps, effectively penetrating through the defense.

On the other hand, Philippines picked up their game in the third quarter, scoring few back-to-back goals, but the early damage done by their opponents was too much to overcome and the third quarter ended 79-25, with Sri Lanka maintaining their healthy lead without any trouble.

There was no difference in the fourth quarter as Philippines failed to capitalize on both offensive and defensive aspects. Rebounds on both ends were won by Sri Lanka, who created ample second chances for them to keep up the scoring momentum to wrap up the match with a comfortable 99-37 points win.

(Pic courtesy: Singapore Netball)

By Mustaq Sydeen