Dambulla: Harmanpreet Kaur-led Team India defeated Sri Lanka in the first T20I at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla. Indian bowlers played best quality cricket as they successfully defended their 138 run total after choosing to bat first.
Women in Blue did not give the hosts any chance to even be hopeful in the game as they started dismissing their players from the second over itself. Deepti Sharma started wicket clinching for the visitors which was well followed by Radha Yadav as she took wickets in the 7th over.
Kavisha Dilhari was the highest scorer for Lankans with 47 runs but that wasn’t enough to get past the visitors who had put brilliant game, both by bat and bowl.
Though, Sri Lanka bowlers dominated the proceedings and Indian batters struggled to tackle the Lankan bowling attack properly, with only Shafali Verma, captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues putting some resistance. Lankan bowlers were great and did not allow partnerships to prosper for long.
At the end of 10 overs, India was at 58/3, with Harmanpreet Kaur (22*) and Jemimah Rodrigues (1*). Soon, captain Kaur was dismissed leg before wicket for 22 by spinner Inoka Ranaweera, sinking India to 58/4.
Afterwards, Rodrigues and Richa Ghosh, the wicketkeeper-batter had to rebuild. But the 23-run stand came to an abrupt end after Ranaweera dismissed him with assistance from the safe hands of Anushka Sanjeewani for 11. With this, half of the Indian team was back in the hut for 81.
At the end of 15 overs, the Indian team stood at 85/5, with Pooja Vastrakar (3*) and Jemimah Rodrigues (12*). The duo had a short 25-run partnership, which ended with the dismissal of Vastrakar for 14 after she was bowled by Ranaweera.Jemimah Rodrigues was standing tall all this while, keeping one end steady. India ended their innings at 138/6, with Rodrigues (36*) and Deepti Sharma (17*)
Inoka Ranaweera was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka, taking 3/30. Oshadi Ranasinghe also took two wickets while Athapaththu got one.