Sri Lanka’s hope of taking revenge on Singapore for the defeat in the Asian Netball final were dashed when Singapore once again came up with a superb display to defeat Sri Lanka comprehensively 56/43 in their opening first round game at the Netball Center in Sydney yesterday.
Sri Lanka led by Semini Alwis did well to come up with equally strong challenge to finish on 12/all in the first quarter. However, Singapore came out with a changed strategy to win the second quarter on 18/11 for a total of 30/22 lead.
Singapore continued to play to their plan and had the edge in the third quarter too to take their overall lead to 39/34. Sri Lanka made a replacement with the experienced Chaturangi Jayasuriya in for Sureka Gamage. But this did not make any difference as Singapore dominated the fourth quarter as well to swell on their points and win by a margin of 13 points.
Captain Semini Alwis told The Nation that their plan did not work out well from the first quarter itself. Sri Lanka will meet Malawi today (August 8th) at Alphones Arena Sydney.
Results of other matches played yesterday are: Uganda beat Zambia 74/38, Wales beat Fiji 59/52, Jamaica beat Samoa 90/44, Malawi beat South Africa 58/51.