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India go 1-0 up despite strong bowling performance by Ranaweera and Ranasinghe

India Women Tour of Sri Lanka 2022

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Sri Lanka looked like they could cause a massive upset in the tour opener, but ultimately faltered in all too familiar fashion with the bat as India registered a 34-run win in the 1st T20I.

Coming into the last over of India’s innings (118/6), the hosts looked well in control of the game, before a brilliant onslaught by Deepti Sharma and Jemimah Rodrigues saw the visitors past the 130-run mark.

Rodrigues batted beautifully for her 36 off 27, but would have been kicking herself as she lost strike right at the beginning of the 20th over. However, Sharma more than compensated for it, smashing 3 consecutive boundaries – through mid-wicket, mid-off and fine leg before Rodrigues finished things off with a 6.

From keeping India under 125, Sri Lanka now had to content with a target of 139 and they looked steady early on before once again hitting a rut. The dismissal of skipper Athapaththu was yet again the catalyst as it so often has. Radha Yadav accounted for both Athapaththu and Harshitha Samarawickrama in the same over and from that point Sri Lanka really had no chance.

Kaveesha Dilhari managed to stick around and ended with 47* off 49, but it was never going to be enough for the hosts.

Earlier in the day, another double-wicket over, this time by Oshadhi Ranasinghe, turned the tables on India’s power-packed top order as they were reduced to 17/2 but a 40-run partnership between Shafali Verma and Harmanpreet Kaur (thanks to a couple of missed opportunities by Sri Lanka in the field), saw India dig themselves out of trouble.

Regular wickets held them back, but Player of the Match Rodrigues’ knock saw them through to a defendable target.

Inoka Ranaweera picked up 3/30, while Ranasinghe finished with 2/22.

The 2nd T20I between the sides will be at the same venue on Saturday, 25th of June.

Result


Sri Lanka Women
104/5 (20)

India Women
138/6 (20)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Shafali Verma c Nilakshi de Silva b Chamari Athapaththu 31 31 4 0 100.00
Smriti Mandhana c Chamari Athapaththu b Oshadi Ranasinghe 1 6 0 0 16.67
S Meghna c Chamari Athapaththu b Oshadi Ranasinghe 0 1 0 0 0.00
Harmanpreet Kaur lbw b Inoka Ranaweera 22 20 3 0 110.00
Jemimah Rodrigues not out 36 27 3 1 133.33
Richa Ghosh st Anushka Sanjeewani b Inoka Ranaweera 11 15 1 0 73.33
Pooja Vastrakar b Inoka Ranaweera 14 12 2 0 116.67
Deepti Sharma b 17 8 3 0 212.50


Extras 6 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 5, pen 0)
Total 138/6 (20 Overs, RR: 6.9)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Udeshika Prabodhani 4 0 21 0 5.25
Sugandika Kumari 3 0 18 0 6.00
Oshadi Ranasinghe 3 0 22 2 7.33
Ama Kanchana 1 0 8 0 8.00
Inoka Ranaweera 4 0 30 3 7.50
Chamari Athapaththu 2 0 7 1 3.50
Kavisha Dilhari 3 0 31 0 10.33


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Vishmi Gunaratne lbw b Deepti Sharma 1 5 0 0 20.00
Chamari Athapaththu c Rajeshwari Gayakwad b Poonam Yadav 16 19 2 0 84.21
Harshitha Madavi c Deepti Sharma b Poonam Yadav 10 17 1 0 58.82
Kavisha Dilhari not out 47 49 6 0 95.92
Nilakshi de Silva c Harmanpreet Kaur b Pooja Vastrakar 8 11 1 0 72.73
Ama Kanchana st Richa Ghosh b Shafali Verma 11 10 1 0 110.00
Anushka Sanjeewani not out 10 8 1 0 125.00


Extras 1 (b 0 , lb 1 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 104/5 (20 Overs, RR: 5.2)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Renuka Singh 4 0 25 0 6.25
Deepti Sharma 3 1 9 1 3.00
Radha Yadav 4 0 22 2 5.50
Pooja Vastrakar 4 1 12 1 3.00
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 1 0 7 0 7.00
Harmanpreet Kaur 2 0 17 0 8.50
Shafali Verma 2 0 10 1 5.00