Defending champions England were left stunned in their World Cup opener as Eshani Kaushalya's late fireworks saw Sri Lanka claim a last-ball one-wicket win after a nail-biting finish in Mumbai.
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Kaushalya blasted five fours and three sixes en route to 56 off 41 balls to pull the underdogs back from the brink after they had lost quick wickets in their pursuit of 239.
The big-hitting all-rounder fell in the last over and with the scores tied and Sri Lanka nine wickets down, it was left to tail-ender Dilani Manodara to hammer a six off the final ball to seal a memorable victory for the Asian side.
Earlier, Jenny Gunn scored 52 as England recovered from a shaky start to post 238 for eight after losing the toss.
Chamani Seneviratna struck twice in her first four overs as England slipped to 29 for three, before Heather Knight (38) and Arran Brindle (31) added 64 for the fourth wicket.
When they fell in quick succession, Gunn teamed up with 19-year-old debutant Amy Jones (41) in a stand of 83.
As the pair grew in confidence, Gunn hit back-to-back boundaries off Sharina Ravikumar and Jones, impressively taking her chance with Sarah Taylor out injured, plundered three fours in four balls off Siriwardene.
Gunn and Taylor fell in successive overs but it did not stop the acceleration, Katherine Brunt hitting the only six of the innings and Danielle Hazell plundering 19 off eight balls as England added 62 in the last five overs.
Sri Lanka's openers Chamari Atapattu and Yasoda Mendis rose to the challenge, putting on a century partnership.
Arran Brindle made the much-needed breakthrough when Chamari Atapattu chipped tamely to mid-on for a fine 62, but Mendis (46) and captain Shashikala Siriwardene (34) set about continuing Sri Lanka's good start.
They were both dismissed as Sri Lanka fell from 142 for one to 157 for five.
They needed 73 runs from the final 10 overs, but Kaushalya almost single-handedly gave her side hope, hitting sixes off Holly Colvin and Danielle Hazell.
She reached just her second one-day half-century with another crunching maximum over square-leg, but fell two balls later whilst backing up.
Sri Lanka needed just one run off the final two deliveries and the tension rose after a dot ball, but Manodara held her nerve and hammered Georgia Elwiss over midwicket for six to spark celebratory scenes.