By Anjana Kaluarachchi
Pic by Tharaka Basnayake
Sri Lanka recorded the highest score of the tournament to post a second consecutive win beating India (85-29) at the Asian Netball Championship worked off at the Sugathadasa indoor Stadium yesterday.
Sri Lanka started off in usual style scoring 23 points at the end of first quarter against India’s six. Though India did attack with their speed, the tall Sri Lankan players easily passed the ball consistently to keep India away from the game.
After scoring 48 points at the end of the second quarter Sri Lanka pulled out two key players in centre Gayathri Lankathilake and goal defence Chathurangi Jayasuriya in order to expose more players and in the third quarter Sri Lanka scored 16 as opposed to 10 by India.
Sri Lanka made two more changes in the last quarter resting other experienced players captain Tharjani Sivalingam and Shashika Samarasinghe while making way for Semini Alwis and upcoming star Thishala Algama.
With a virtual inexperienced team in the last quarter, Sri Lanka produced more energy and speed and scored another 23 points while allowing only four points to the Indians.
The Sri Lankan defence looked stronger for the first time in two games where Gayani Dissanayake came into action defending many Indian shooting opportunities.
Thishala Algama shot 20 goals playing only one quarter of the match.
Tharjani Sivalingam (53) Shashika Samarasinghe (9) and Semini Alwin (3) were the other scorers.