Mumbai, Feb 1: Sri Lanka caused one of the biggest upsets in ICC Women's World Cup history by winning a last-ball thriller over defending champions England here in ICC Women's World Cup 2013 on Friday.
Sri Lanka's Dilani Manodara hit a six off the final ball of the match to give them a one-wicket win at the Brabourne Stadium. This was Sri Lanka's first ever win over England in One Day Internationals.
Chasing 239, Sri Lanka were given a solid platform by Chamari Atapattu (62, 72 balls, 7x4, 1x6) and Yasoda Mendis (46, 90 balls, 6x4). The duo associated for 103 runs for the opening wicket in 23.1 overs.
Even though Sri Lanka lost wickets in the middle of the innings and that allowed England to bounce back, Eshani Kaushalya's superb 41-ball 56 (5x4, 3x6) turned the game. Kaushalya was named Player-of-the-match.
Sri Lanka required 29 runs from 18 balls. Kaushalya hit two successive fours and Deepika Rasangika scored one boundary off Jenny Gunn's 48th over as Sri Lanka edged closer. That over produced 16 runs and in the final two overs Sri Lanka needed 13 with three wickets in hand.
There was more drama when Rasangika was dismissed in the 49th over. In the final over bowled by Georgia Elwiss, Sri Lanka needed 9. Kaushalya smashed the second ball to six and the equation came down to just two off five balls. Elwiss dropped a catch from Kaushalya off the third ball and scores were level. The next ball Kaushalya was run out and Sri Lanka were with the last pair.
With 1 run needed off 2 balls, Manodara failed to get a run but did not panic as she sealed victory off the last ball with a six over midwicket.
Earlier, Gunn topscored for England with 52 in team's 238/8 in 50 overs. Amy Jones scored 41 and Heather Knight made 38.
For Sri Lanka, Kaushalya, Chamani Seneviratna and captain Shashikala Siriwardene took two wickets apiece.
England will next face India on Sunday (February 3) while Sri Lanka will meet West Indies on the same day.