Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu joins Nepal skipper Paras Khadka to setup twin world records

India Today

India Today

Author 2019-09-29 17:44:00

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Paras and Chamari rewrote the record books within a space of few hours (@paras77/Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Paras Khadka became the 1st captain to hit a T20I century while chasing
  • Soon afterwards, Chamari Athapaththu became the 1st woman to match Khadka's feat
  • But Beth Mooney's 2nd T20I century trumped Atapattu's effort as Australia Women won by 41 runs

Paras Khadka and Chamari Athapaththu. Both are swashbuckling T20I openers. Both are captains of their respective nations in international cricket. But the similarities end here...till Sunday arrived. The way hierarchy - both social and political - works in world cricket, readers can be forgiven for not having heard about the duo until Sunday. But within a matter of few hours, the duo has forced the wide world of the sport to sit up and take notice.

After Nepal skipper Khadka became the 1st T20I captain in the world to score a century while chasing on Saturday against Singapore, he might have still been checking his social media feed when Sri Lankan T20I captain and Chamari Athapaththu joined him as the only woman to the feat. The difference in the end was that while Paras' effort led his team to a win, for Athapaththu, her century (113 off 66 balls) was scant consolation as her team chasing the humongous target of 218, went down to Australia Women in the 1st T20I of the 3-match series in Sydney by 41 runs.

Apart from sharing the record of scoring a T20I ton as a captain while chasing, while Paras is now the sole centurion in the format from Nepal, Chamari claimed the record of scoring the maiden T20I century by a Sri Lankan woman. For Athapaththu, it was only the 2nd time in her T20I career that she crossed fifty and boy did she make it count. Athapaththu's innings was studded with 12 fours and 6 towering sixes - most notable being the one which landed on the roof of the North Sydney Oval after sailing high above the bowler's head.

The Sydney game, however, would also be remembered for Australian opener Beth Mooney's 113 runs off 61 balls which helped her team to the match-winning total. For her efforts, Mooney was also named the player of the match.

Brief Scores: Australia-W 4-217 (Mooney 113, Gardner 49, Ranasinghe 2-44) defeat Sri Lanka-W 7-176 (Athapaththu 113, Karunaratne 16, Wareham 2-19) by 41 runs at North Sydney Oval.

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