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Atapattu’s heroics in vain as Supernovas lose IPL opener

Chamari Atapattu in action
Chamari Atapattu in action

Sri Lanka’s Chamari Atapattu believe that her dismissal at a vital stage for Supernovas made a huge impact during their Women’s Twenty20 Challenge opening fixture in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old stylish left-hander hit a top score of 44 to help her team reach a modest 126 for eight before Velocity achieved their target with five wickets and one delivery to spare.

“I got out rather early in the innings and otherwise, I could have got a big score and definitely, we would have won the match,” Atapattu told reporters during the post-match media conference.

“Our target was to get around 145-150 runs on this good batting wicket but unfortunately, we lost a couple of early wickets,” she explained.

Atapattu of course provided a solid start to the innings while putting on 30 runs for the first wicket with Priya Punia (11) and then added a further 47 runs for the third-wicket along with Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (31).

“I had a chat with my teammates and we decided to concentrate more on the singles and two’s before going for the big shots later in the innings.”

“I played in Sharjah after seven years and I really enjoyed this game and hopefully, looking forward to a better display in the next outing.”

The Sri Lanka Captain also said that bowling under lights in Sharjah was a challenging task and hoped that they could bounce back with an improved performance.

“We have a very good bowling attack on paper but I think we conceded too many boundaries to the opposition during the latter stages, which was the turning point,” she added.

“The conditions were not exactly in favour of the bowlers because we found it difficult to grip the ball due to the dew factor under lights,” Atapattu elaborated. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Shashikala Siriwardene who also played for the Supernovas Team was runout for 18 and bowled the crucial last over to return figures of one wicket for 30 runs.

Supernovas will take on the Trailblazers in their next match of the tournament at the same venue on Saturday.

The Women’s T20 Challenge is organised and conducted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in line with the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 Tournament, which is now in progress in the UAE.