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Improved Sri Lanka women confident for Windies clash

Thursday, October 05, 2017

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC) — An upbeat Sri Lanka Women left here Tuesday for the Caribbean confident of springing a surprise on West Indies Women, in the limited-overs series starting next Wednesday in Trinidad.

Team manager Indrani Abeyratne said the squad had improved significantly thanks to their World Cup campaign last July in England, with the experience helping them to become a better unit.

She said they had also benefitted from good preparation and were now focused on performing well on the tour.

“The players have worked hard on their preparations and there is a changed outlook as a whole,” Abeyratne said.

Sri Lanka finished seventh at the Women's World Cup, winning a single match against Pakistan who finished bottom of the eight-team standings without a point.

West Indies had a miserable campaign as well, winning just twice, with one of those victories coming against the Sri Lankans — a 47-run at Derby.

Despite their disappointing run, however, head coach Hemantha Devappriya said the side's batting had improved significantly to the stage where they were now averaging closer to 200 in their innings.

Sri Lanka face the Windies in the opening One-Day International at the Brian Lara Stadium next Wednesday before following up with the second match two days later and the final match at the same venue on October 15.

The two teams then travel to Antigua for a three-match Twenty20 series from October 19-22 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground.

Squad — Inoka Ranaweera (captain), Sripali Weerakkody (vice captain), Rebeca Vandort, Prasadani Weerakkody, Chamari Athapaththu, Dilani Manohara, Nipuni Hansika, Hasini Perera, Yashoda Mendis, Chandima Gunarathne, Hansima Karunarathne, Shashikala Siriwardena, Ama Kanchana, Achini Kulasuriya, Udeshika Prabodhani.