On-a-high Sri Lankans must bite Suzie Bates early today

Feb 08, 2013, 08:22 IST | Sundari Iyer

Having stunned defending champions England and then hosts India by 138 runs, the Sri Lankans can't wait to tackle the Kiwis in today's Women's World Cup fixture at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) ground

“It’s like a dream come true for the team to make it to the Super Six stage for the first time,” said Sri Lankan skipper Shashikala Siriwardena.. 

“Having achieved our first target of reaching the Super Six stage, we now look forward to advancing further in the tournament. This might be my last World Cup and I hope to end it by winning the trophy,” said the 27-year-old.

Suzie Bates. Pic/Atul Kamble

Though Sri Lanka haven’t played against New Zealand often, Siriwardena hoped to put her side’s Twenty20 experience to good use. “We have played some practice matches with them apart from the T20 World Cup. If we play the way we did against England and India, we can comfortably beat New Zealand,” she said.

Meanwhile, New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates, who has scored 240 runs in the tournament, is looking forward to continue her fine form against the Lankans and hopes pacers Sian Ruck and Rachael Candy get her the breakthroughs.

“The toss does make a difference with the overhead conditions and the dew in the morning. I would like to win the toss,” Bates said. 

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