1st T20I: Indian women rode on the heroic efforts of Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma to beat Sri Lanka women by 34 runs and take a 1-0 series lead on Thursday.

1st T20I: Rodrigues, Deepti, Radha shine to help India begin SL tour with a win (ICC Photo)

1st T20I: Rodrigues, Deepti, Radha shine to help India begin SL tour with a win (ICC Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A disciplined bowling effort helped India win the first T20I by 34 runs
  • India take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series vs Sri Lanka
  • Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma starred for India in the first T20I

The Indian women’s cricket team dished out a clinical performance to begin the Sri Lanka tour with a win on Thursday and take a 1-0 series lead in Dambulla. Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma starred as India defeated Sri Lanka women by 34 runs.

Rodrigues marked her return to the side with a 27-ball 36 and lifted the Indian women’s team to 138 for six against a disciplined Sri Lankan bowling attack in the first T20 international here on Thursday.

India’s new all-format skipper Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and elected to bat, but it was the Sri Lankans who had a dream start.

India lost opener Smriti Mandhana (1) in the third over of the game, the 25-year-old becoming the victim of veteran spinner Oshadi Ranasinghe while looking to free her arms. She hit a tossed-up delivery straight to Chamari Aththapatu at mid-on.

Sabbhineni Meghana was out for a golden duck, sent back to the dressing room by old warhorse Ranasinghe.

Losing two wickets early and visibly under pressure in the hot and humid Dambulla, it was the duo of Harmanpreet and Shefali Verma, who took control of the precarious situation.

A well-settled Verma was the next to go, dismissed by Aththapatu on 31 while trying to go for a maximum.

Smart bowling by the Lankans ensured that they soon got their biggest breakthrough when skipper Harmanpreet (22) was trapped in front of the wicket by spinner Inoka Ranaweera in the 11th over.

Ranaweera picked two more wickets to send back wicketkeeper batter Richa Ghosh (11) and Pooja Vastrakar (14) to reduce the visitors to just 106 for six in 17 overs and leave Jemimah with the task of giving the Indian total a semblance of respectability.

Coming in at five, Rodrigues, who made her comeback to the side after a while, did not succumb to the pressure and scored some vital runs, hitting three fours and a six, with Deepti Sharma playing the second fiddle as she scored 17 off 8 balls.





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