Sri Lanka reached the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2014 with a 33-run victory (D-L method) over Netherlands in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland last July. Deepika Rasangika was player of the match for her 50-ball 47 that set up Sri Lanka’s total of 157 for 6 from 19 overs. The final against Pakistan was marred by rain and the trophy was shared. In January this year, Sri Lanka beat India 2-1 in a three-match T20I series in India, a result made even more impressive given that it had just lost the ODI series 3-0. Captain Shashikala Siriwardene steered her side home in the deciding match with an unbeaten 46 from 42 balls. Siriwardene also led Sri Lanka to a memorable upset victory over England at the start of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 in Mumbai. Holder England was beaten by one wicket off the last ball with all-rounder Eshani Lokusuriyage winning the player of the match award for her crucial 56 off only 41 balls.