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COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2022 BIRMINGHAM: DILANKA KUMARA WINS FIRST MEDAL AT BIRMINGHAM 

Sri Lanka won their first medal through Dilanka Kumar in the Men’s 55 kg Weightlifting event at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games last Saturday (30 July) at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. 

The weightlifting team, which carried a larger amount of Sri Lanka’s medal haul at the previous Commonwealth Games, kicked off this year’s edition with the first medal. 

Dilanka snatched 106 kg in his second attempt, having not completed his first lift. In his third attempt, Dilanka’s attempt to clear 112 kg was not successful. In the Clean and Jerk, Dilanka’s clearance of 120 kg in the first attempt was enough for him to book a spot on the podium despite his second and third attempts of 137 kg and 141 kg being unsuccessful. 

With a total of 225 kg cleared, Dilanka was placed third behind Bin Kasdan of Malaysia, who won gold with a total of 249 kg, and Sanket Mahadev of India, who cleared 248 kg to win silver.

Sri Lanka suffer defeat against host England

England got their Commonwealth Games campaign off to a strong start with a clinical five-wicket triumph over a gallant Sri Lanka.

The hosts didn’t have it all their way for the entire match, but the gulf in experience between the two sides finally told as England chased down the required target at the start of the 18th over.

Veteran seamer Katherine Brunt allowed just eight runs from her three overs to set the tone for England, while star spinner Sophie Ecclestone picked up 3/25 to ensure Sri Lanka could only reach 106/9 from their 20 overs.

England’s chase got off to a poor start with Danni Wyatt dismissed in the second over, but the class of Alice Capsey (44) and Maia Bouchier (21*) shone through to help guide the home side to victory.

There were some positive signs for Sri Lanka, with Nilakshi de Silva top-scoring with a well-compiled 25 to ensure the visitors could post a competitive target.

Experienced spinners Inoka Ranaweera (3/29) and Oshadi Ranasinghe (2/20) combined for five wickets during England’s run chase and showed enough to suggest they can cause other teams some problems during the tournament.