Convincing displays in semis sets up mouth-watering final
Shakthi Ladies and Sri Lanka Army qualified for the Murali Harmony Cup women’s final after convincing displays in their respective semi-final matches at Mankulam on Tuesday.
Shakthi were too strong for Nittabuwa Ladies, bowling them out for 108 in 19.4 overs and then knocking off the runs with 6.4 overs to spare.
Player-of-the-match Shiromi Athukorala top-scored with 54 not out as Shakthi won by nine wickets.
Air Force Ladies struggled to 95-9 in their 20 overs in the second semi-final on a day that saw large crowds throughout.
Player-of-the-match Ayesha Sandamali scored an unbeaten 45 to steer the Sri Lanka Army home by seven wickets with 17 balls to spare.
The final, which will be attended by chief guest Muttiah Muralidaran, will be played at the IODR Oval in Oddusuddan on Wednesday.
Shakthi Ladies v Nittabuwa Ladies
Nittabuwa Ladies 108 all out in 19.4 overs (Nipuni Hansika 30, Hansima Karunaratne 3-22, Jimanjalee Wijenayake 3 for 22) v Shakthi Ladies 111 for 1 in 13.2 overs (Shiromi Athukorala 54*, Anuradha Alahapperuma 29*)
Shakthi Ladies won by 9 wickets
Air Force Ladies v Army Ladies
Air Force Ladies 95 for 9 in 20 overs (Anushka Sanjeewani 22, Saumika Prasani 3 for 13, Nimali Perera 2-20) v Army Ladies 96 for 3 in 17.1 overs (Ayesha Sandamali 45*, Nimali Perera 26, Saumya Sandamali 2-15).
Army Ladies won by 7 wickets