Sri Lankan women ready to deliver

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Sri Lanka have put their batting problems behind them ahead of the World Cup, according to captain Shashikala Siriwardena.

Ranked sixth in the women’s one-day international standings, Sri Lanka have struggled posting competitive totals since entering the world stage.

Making their World Cup debut in 1997, Sri Lanka lost to England by nine wickets in the quarter-final but finished sixth in the 2000 and 2005 events in New Zealand and South Africa, respectively.

Overall, Sri Lanka have played 17 World Cup matches but have reached triple figures only seven times. Their three lowest World Cup totals were four years ago – 57 against Australia, 58 versus New Zealand and 70 against England.

Siriwardena, who played in the 2005 World Cup, says her team have worked extremely hard on their batting which has made them better prepared than before.

“Our batting let us down in the previous three events but we have worked extremely hard this time,” the 24-year-old all-rounder from Colombo said.

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