Sri Lanka secured their slot in the semi-final of the Asian Netball Championship 2022 when they overcame Hong Kong 62-51 in their last match of Round 2 at OCBC arena, Singapore yesterday (8).
With the win Sri Lanka extended their unbeaten streak to 5 matches and will once again meet Hong Kong in the first semi-final on Saturday.
The first quarter ended 20 – 09 in Si Lanka’s favour which set the pattern for the match. The defending champions looking controlled in attack and profited from their opponent’s errors.
It was the same script in the second quarter with the five time champions taking firm control of proceedings, as they showed their class and experience and steadily increased their lead to 37 – 22 at half-time.
It was Hong Kong that came out firing at the start of the third quarter, and soon found their rhythm to score back-to-back goals to put some late pressure on the Lankans, but Gayanjali Amarawansa led girls were too tough to handle as they once again wrested back control of the match and finished the third quarter 48-38.
That lead proved crucial as it gave Sri Lanka a cushion going into the final 15 minutes. Hong Kong pushed hard to try and get the game back, but whenever it looked like the momentum was swinging their way, Sri Lanka were able to secure possession or prevent a strong attack. Despite their best efforts, they were never able to get close enough on the scoreboard in the final quarter to really put Sri Lanka under pressure, with Hyacinth Wijesinghe’s charges managing the game, and the clock, well.
By Mustaq Sydeen