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“Athapaththu’s Stunning Century Leads Sri Lanka to Victory in Women’s T20 World Cup 2024 Qualifier”

Sri Lanka’s skipper Chamari Athapaththu delivered a spectacular performance, smashing 13 fours and four sixes on her way to a brilliant century, leading her team to a decisive victory in the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2024 against Scotland.

In the final match held in Abu Dhabi, Scotland’s stand-in skipper Sarah Bryce won the toss and elected to bowl first. Priyanaz Chatterji, one of Scotland’s seamers, made an early breakthrough by dismissing Vishmi Gunaratne for 9 runs. Off-spinner Katherine Fraser added to Sri Lanka’s early woes by removing Harshita Samarawickrama before the end of the first Powerplay.

However, Sri Lanka’s dynamic all-rounder Kavisha Dilhari and captain Athapaththu steadied the innings, attempting to rebuild after the initial setbacks. Dilhari fell after scoring a couple of attacking fours, getting stumped off leg-spinner Abtaha Maqsood.

Athapaththu, having weathered the storm, accelerated the scoring rate in the middle overs, capitalizing on loose deliveries. She brought up her fifty with a six in the 14th over and continued her onslaught, reaching her century off just 60 balls. Athapaththu’s remarkable innings was the first century of the tournament.

Despite late strikes from Rachel Slater, Sri Lanka had already posted a formidable total by the time Athapaththu and Hasini Perera were dismissed.

Chasing 170 for victory, Scotland’s innings got off to a shaky start, losing early wickets to Sri Lankan bowlers. Despite Priyanaz Chatterji’s brisk 30, Scotland found themselves struggling to keep up with the required run rate.

In the end, Sri Lanka emerged victorious, securing their spot in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024 in Bangladesh. Both Sri Lanka and Scotland had already qualified for the tournament as finalists.

With this win, Sri Lanka will join Australia, New Zealand, India, and Pakistan in Group A of the Women’s T20 World Cup, while Scotland will compete in Group B alongside hosts Bangladesh, England, South Africa, and West Indies.

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