Christchurch: Hosts New Zealand scored a comprehensive 122-run victory over Sri Lanka in a league match of the Women's World Cup 2000 match at the Lincoln Green on Sunday.The hosts have warmed up well in the tournament so far after having lost to defending champions Australia in the opening match on November 29. New Zealand won the toss and opted to make first use of the wicket against the Sri Lankans.A third wicket partnership of 137 runs between Anna O'Leary and Haidee Tiffen put the hosts on path to a comfortable score of 210 for in 50 overs. The New Zealand innings totally revolved on the efforts of Anna and Haidee as none of the other batsmen got going.Anna top scored on an unbeaten 91 runs from 137 balls four of which were dispatched to the fence. Haidee scored 58 runs off 79 balls with one hit to the fence and one over it. The Sri Lankan batsmen appeared to be daunted by the task on hand and were bowled out for 88 in 49.3 overs.Sri Lanka had lost half the side with just 39 runs on the board. Hiroshi Abeysinghe (30 runs, 96 balls and three fours) and Ramani Perera added 41 runs for the sixth wicket. The run out of Abeysinghe at the total of 80 also signalled the end of the Sri Lankan resistance. Sri Lanka then lost the remaining four wickets for addition of just eight runs to be all out for 88.
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