Sri Lanka thrashed South Africa by 87 runs to finish fifth in the ICC women’s World Cup here on Friday.

Batting first at the Barabati Stadium, Sri Lanka put up a decent score of 243 for seven in stipulated 50 overs with useful contributions from the middle-order.

In reply, South Africa was bundled out for a paltry 156 in only 40.1 overs with off-spinner Shashikala Siriwardene picking up four for 32.

Among the Lankan batswomen, Chamari Atapattu was the top-scorer with a patient 52 off 106 balls.

She hit five boundaries. The other contributions came from Deepika Rasangika (43), Siriwardene (44) and Eshani Kaushalya (43).

While replying, barring Shandre Fritz, who scored 54, none of the other batswomen was able to get on with the chase as the Lankan bowlers had complete control.

Sripali Weerakkody (two for 15) and Chamani Seneviratna (two for 35) kept things tight as they polished off the top-order while Sriwardene then came on to run through the middle and lower-order.

The scores:

Sri Lanka 243 for seven (Chamari Atapattu 52, Shashikala Sriwardene 44, Deepika Rasangika 43, Eshani Kaushalya 43) bt South Africa 156 in 40.1 overs (Shandre Fritz 54, Shashikala Siriwardene four for 32). — PTI

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