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Windies women look for good start
The ICC Women’s Championships begins today with the West Indies women coming up against Sri Lanka women in the first of three ODIs at the Brian Lara Academy in Tarouba at 9.30am.
Both teams will be looking to put up a good showing because the results of the three ODIs will count towards the ICC Women’s Championship, which is being contested by the top eight ODI teams in the world.
The top three finishers in the Women’s Championship will qualify automatically for the 2021 World Cup.
The West Indies will start as slight favourites at home and they have included fast bowlers Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell who suffered injuries during the Women’s World Cup in England in July.
Selman was struck on the helmet while fielding at short leg during the team’s opening match against Australia, while Connell injured her hip during the match against India. Kycia Knight and Subrina Munroe replaced the pair for the rest of the tournament.
Kycia keeps her place in the squad for the Sri Lanka series, alongside sister Kyshona Knight, while Munroe misses out. Shanel Daley, Qiana Joseph and Felicia Walters have also been left out of the 13-member squad.
Sri Lanka on the other hand will be confident because of their last showing at the World Cup. Coach, Hemantha Devappriya said that while the team had struck a pleasing balance in most every department of the game, a buoying factor was that the team had averaged a score of 190 in an innings during this year’s World Cup. “A concern was that we were not getting close to 200. The team used to average 130 which were not good enough. But in the seven matches in the world cup we averaged 190,” he said.
Much home work had gone in to the effort of raising their game. “We developed a range of shots to increase the number of singles. We were therefore able to increase from an average of 40 runs to 80 at the world cup through singles,” the coach explained.
Commenting on the player capacity, he said that an advantage was having 7 specialist batsmen including wicket-keeper batsman Rebecca Vandert. Two of them were all-rounders. As much, there were 4 ‘major spinners’ in right arm bowlers Shashikala Siriwardena and Chamarie Athapattu and left armers Chandima Weerakkody and skipper Inoka Ranaweera.
In the pace bowling department, there were four specialists in Sripali Weerakkody who is also a middle order batsman, Hasni Perera, Udeshika Prabodini, Ama Kanchana and Achini Kulasuriya. The batting was quite strong with 3 openers in Hasini, Nipuni Hansika and Yasoda Mendis. The middle order comprised Atapattu, Dilani Monodara and Shashikala.
TeamsWest Indies women squad: Stafanie Taylor (capt), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman.
Sri Lanka squad: Inoka Ranaweera (capt), Sripali Weerakkody, Rebeca Vandort (wk), Prasadani Weerakkody, Chamari Atapattu, Dilani Manodara, Nipuni Hansika, Hasini Perera, Yashoda Mendis, Chandima Gunaratne, Hansima Karunaratne, Shashikala Siriwardene, Ama Kanchana, Achini Kulasuriya, Udeshika Prabodhani