Twitter Reactions: Chamari Athapaththu's belligerence seals Sri Lanka's historic victory against White Ferns
It was the Chamari Athapaththu show once again as the Sri Lankan skipper blew away the visitors after a scintillating batting display.
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Sri Lanka Women completed a resounding ten-wicket victory in the T20I series final against New Zealand to register their first victory against the White Ferns in the shortest format of the game. It was the Chamari Athapaththu show once again as the Sri Lankan skipper blew away the visitors after a scintillating batting display.
With the series already lost, Sri Lankan skipper Chamari Athapaththu came out all guns blazing. The batting phenomenon, who was at the heart of her side's ODI series victory, looked in an ominous mood from the get-go. While Athapaththu went berserk in the powerplay, her opening partner Harshitha Samarawickrama rotated the strike valiantly.
Sophie Devine's side looked clueless against the class and panache of the Sri Lankan skipper as she compiled a 25-ball half-century. New Zealand did pull things back a wee bit after the powerplay, but they found it hard to get past the Sri Lankan openers.
Athapaththu's exceptional power-hitting exploits made a mockery of the chase, and her batting partner smashed three boundaries in four deliveries to seal Sri Lanka's victory in the 15th over without losing a wicket. Not only it was Sri Lanka's maiden over New Zealand in T20Is it was also their first ten-wicket victory at the top level.
Inoka Ranaweera's spin bowling mastery keeps the visitors to a par total
Sri Lanka, playing for pride after surrendering in the first two matches of the T20I series, put the visitors into bat after skipper Chamari Athapaththu won the toss. Although the visitors did not lose any wickets in the powerplay, Sri Lankan bowlers kept the scoring rate in check during the field restrictions.
Veteran Sri Lankan spinner Inoka Ranaweera drew first blood for the home side just after the conclusion of the powerplay, dismissing Isabella Gaze. Star all-rounders Amelia Kerr and Suzie Bates departed in successive overs to ring alarm bells for the visiting side. However, skipper Sophie Devine waged a lone battle, smashing 46 off just 25 deliveries to take New Zealand to a competitive score of 140 runs in their 20 overs.
Devine breached the 3000 run mark in T20Is during her innings, becoming only the fifth batter to reach the landmark. The New Zealand skipper also scaled a remarkable feat during her stay at the crease as she became the batter with the most sixes in women's T20Is, overtaking Deandra Dottin's 105 sixes.
Chamari Athapaththu smashes 80 runs off 47 balls, including a mind-blowing fifty off just 25 balls, setting a new record as the fastest fifty by a Sri Lankan! 💥🔥#LionessRoar #SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/amhiUTMJX3— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) July 12, 2023
Highest total for a 10-wicket win in women's T20Is:— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) July 12, 2023
143/0 - Sri Lanka🇱🇰 v NZ, TODAY
142/0 - New Zealand🇳🇿 v IRE, 2018
123/0 - Pakistan🇵🇰 v IRE, 2013
117/0 - South Africa🇿🇦 v BAN, 2023
113/0 - England🏴 v IND, 2009
113/0 - Australia🇦🇺 v SL, 2023#SLvNZ
Highest scores for Sri Lanka in T20Is— Mohit Shah (@mohit_shah17) July 12, 2023
113 Chamari Athapaththu v Australia, 2019
86 Chamari Athapaththu v Scotland, 2022
81 Harshitha Madavi v Thailand, 2022
80* Chamari Athapaththu v India, 2022
80* Chamari Athapaththu v New Zealand, TODAY
Athapaththu has 4 of the top 5#SLvNZ
Sri Lanka becomes the first ever team to both win and lose a women's T20I match (with a 100+ target) by 10 wickets in the same calendar year.— Rhitankar Bandyopadhyay (@rhitankar8616) July 12, 2023
16th Feb 2023 : lost by 10 wkts v AUS🇦🇺
Today : won by 10 wkts v NZ🇳🇿#SLvNZ
Most sixes in women's T20Is:— Ramanand Yadav (@Ramanan44585576) July 12, 2023
106 - SOPHIE DEVINE🇳🇿
105+ - Deandra Dottin🏝️
73+ - Harmanpreet Kaur🇮🇳
54 - Smriti Mandhana🇮🇳
48 - Shafali Verma🇮🇳
48 - Chamari Athapaththu🇱🇰
48 - Lizelle Lee🇿🇦#SLvNZ #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/0O9BxSbrFk