Women's T20 World Cup: Sri Lanka beats Bangladesh by nine wickets, Siriwardena retires

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Shashikala's registered her seventh four-wicket haul and Sri Lanka's best figures in the tournament's history.   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to the highlights of Sportstar's coverage of the Women's T20 World Cup clash between  Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Both teams will play for pride after failing to qualify for the semifinals.

Result: Sri Lanka beats Bangladesh by nine wickets, its biggest win margin.

Summary:
Shashikala Siriwardena walks away from the game with a win she will remember. She pitched in with a crucial four-wicket haul that crippled the Bangladeshi batting order. The Islanders backed up her efforts with a confident show with a bat, with skipper Chamari Athapaththu (30) leading the charge and taking the girls through. Sri Lanka qualifies for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2022.

Both these teams will have the T20 World Cup in 2022 in their minds to prep for now. Here's what the qualification scenario looks like.



This is Shashikala's seventh four-wicket haul and Sri Lanka's best figures in the tournament's history.



- BANGLADESH WON THE TOSS AND HAS CHOSEN TO BAT FIRST-

Milestone:
Sri Lanka's Shashikala Siriwardene will retire from all forms of the game after this game. The 35-year-old made her debut in 2003. She has more than 3100 runs with nine half centuries and 197 wickets to her name across formats. She has played 118 ODIs and 80 T20Is for Sri Lanka. Will she bow out on a high?

Milestone: This is Sri Lanka's 100th T20I. It is the eighth side to reach this milestone.

SQUADS:

Sri Lanka: Hasini Perera, Chamari Athapaththu (c), Umesha Thimashini, Anushka Sanjeewani, Harshitha Madavi, Shashikala Siriwardene, Nilakshi de Silva, Ama Kanchana, Kavisha Dilhari, Sugandika Kumari, Udeshika Prabodhani

Bangladesh: Aisha Rahman, Fargana Hoque, Murshida Khatun, Sanjida Islam, Rumana Ahmed, Salma Khatun (c), Sobhana Mostary, Nigar Sultana Joty, Shamima Sultana, Fahima Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Khadija Tul Kubra, Nahida Akter, Panna Ghosh, Ritu Moni


Sri Lanka has not qualified for the semifinals but skipper Chamari Athapaththu has ambitions for her Asian neighbour.




FORM GUIDE:

Sri Lanka stands fourth in Group A with three loses in three matches. Chamari Athapaththu seems to be the lone ranger for this team, while its batting has failed to come good as a unit.

Bangladesh had a great game against New Zealand with the ball, restricting a team with firepower to just 91. However, a batting collapse meant the bowlers' good work went in vain. The subcontinent side finds itself fifth (last place) with no wins in the tournament and a dismal run rate of -2.017. Both sides will play for pride today in their last World Cup encounter.

The big game of the day is the second one between New Zealand and Australia, with the winner directly moving into the semifinals to join India, South Africa and England.


READ: Women's T20 World Cup 2020 points table: India, South Africa, England go through to semis

RECAP:

Laura Wolvaardt smacked a crucial 53 as South Africa whipped Pakistan to make only its second women's Twenty20 World Cup semifinals on Sunday, where it will be joined by England which swept past the West Indies.

South Africa has won three from three in Group B — including a six-wicket humbling of England and a 113-run thumping of Thailand.

England, 2009 champion and runner-up at the last tournament, secured its place with a comfortable 46-run win over the West Indies, courtesy of fine bowling and a battling 57 from Natalie Sciver.

India is already through from Group A, with defending champion Australia playing New Zealand on Monday to determine who gets the last berth.

WHERE TO WATCH?

The 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup games will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Hotstar will be providing the live streaming. Alternatively, you can catch the biggest updates from the game right here with us on the live blog. 7