Chamari Athapaththu scored 57 as Sri Lanka put Kenya to the sword ©Getty Images

Sri Lanka eased to a nine-wicket victory over Kenya to make it back-to-back wins in the final women’s Twenty20 cricket qualifier for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

A half-century from captain Chamari Athapaththu guided Sri Lanka to a comfortable success in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

After beating Scotland on the opening day of the round-robin tournament, Sri Lanka were in confident mood and it did not take them long to get their first wicket against Kenya.

Mary Mwangi was the first to go for Kenya after being run out before Margaret Ngoche and Sharon Juma followed.

Queentor Abel and Sarah Wetoto showed some resistance with 33 and 29 runs respectively but Kenya finished on 86-6.

Sri Lanka’s wickets came from Inoka Ranaweera, Sachini Nisansala, Kavisha Dilhari and Athapaththu.

Needing 87 to win, Sri Lanka made a superb start as Vishmi Gunaratne and Athapaththu put together a strong opening stand.

Athapaththu hit three sixes on her way to 57 before being stumped from the bowling of Esther Wachira.

Gunaratne, who scored three fours in an unbeaten 26, knocked off the remaining runs to complete an emphatic triumph.

Competition is due to continue tomorrow with Sri Lanka set to face hosts Malaysia and Kenya due to take on Scotland.