There’s only one word to describe the dominance displayed by the Sri Lanka Netball Team and that is “unstoppable”. They’ve been in control from the word go and are favorites from this point to win the semis and the finals at the ongoing Asian Netball Championship in Singapore.
Sri Lanka got the better of Malaysia (62-59), Singapore (74-61), Chinese Taipei (137-5), India (101-29) and Hong Kong (71-48) in the group stages of the tournament.
The game against defending champions Malaysia was the only tight affair, particularly because of the team’s extra physical defensive tactics.
If Sri Lanka goes onto win the next two games, they will qualify for the 2019 Netball World Cup to be held in Liverpool, England.
Sri Lanka, 25th in World Rankings, won the Asian Championships in 1989, 1997, 2001 and 2009. They were slightly out of shape without 38 year old shooter Tharjini Sivalingam but her return has boosted the side’s chances of making it to the World Cup.
Sri Lanka vs Chinese Taipei
The Chinese Taipei were no match for Sri Lanka. They were crushed by a convincing margin (137-5) early in the tournament. Sri Lanka scored 37 points in the 1st and 2nd quarter conceding just 2, 32 and 31 points in the 3rd and 4th quarter conceding 3.
The win against Chinese Taipei was a glimpse of what was to come later in the tourney.
Sri Lanka vs India
India was a bit more competitive but it was pretty much the same story as Sri Lanka sealed a dominant 101-29 win to move to the cup category. Sri Lanka dominated 58-12 at half time and almost double it in the final half.
Sri Lanka vs Singapore
The hosts gave Sri Lanka a very good fight but eventually fell 14 points short of a win. The visitors were 9 points ahead at the half way mark and the match concluded 74-61 in favour of them.
Sri Lanka vs Malaysia
The Malaysian defence caused all sorts of problems for Sri Lanka, making Tharjini Sivalingam fight for the ball up front. However, Sri Lanka held their nerve to come out as winners, only by a mere 3 point lead at fulltime.
Sri Lanka vs Hong Kong
Hong Kong showed a bit of promise earlier in the game but Sri Lanka had it under control and swiftly increased the lead towards the latter part of the 2nd half. Sri Lanka recorded a comprehensive (71-48) win.
/ 2 years ago
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