India Women clinch ODI series


By Ishani Upatharitha in Galle

Sri Lanka Women display a much improved performance yet they fail to reach the high standards of their Indian counterparts in Galle on Thursday.

Taniya Bhatia, the wicketkeeper-batswoman of India, playing in her second ODI, scored a 66-ball 68 and then took two vital catches and pulled off a fine stumping too. (Pix courtesy SLC)

The Indian Women’s cricket team defeated Sri Lanka Women by seven runs in the second match of their three-match ODI series and thus recorded an unassailable 2-0 lead at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Thursday, 13 September.

India Women won the toss and elected to bat first to be bowled out for a modest 219 in their allotted 50 overs. Sri Lanka Women were bowled out for 212 in 48.1 overs.

Sri Lanka on many occasions looked like pulling off the win of the match to keep the series alive. Yet on all occasions India’s Taniya Bhatia made all their efforts in disarray.

Bhatia, the wicketkeeper-batswoman who was playing only her second ODI, made a 66-ball 68, her maiden international half-century, and then took two vital catches and pulled off a fine stumping during the latter stages of the Sri Lankan chase.

Skipper Mithali Raj scored 52 runs in 121 balls hitting four fours. Bhatiya and Raj scored 76 runs for the fifth wicket.

Dayalan Hemalatha (35), Shikha Pandey (15), Smiriti Mandhana (14) and Deepti Sharma (12) all came up with double-figures.

Chamari Atapatthu took three wickets for 42 runs while Sripali Weerakkody and Udeshika Prabodhani took two wickets each for the Lankans.

Sri Lanka Women’s reply –

Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Atapattu scored 57 runs with eight boundaries and a six.

Sri Lanka Women were bowled out for 212 runs in 48.1 overs. Skipper Atapattu scored 57 runs in 95 balls with eight boundaries and a six. Shashikala Siriwardene scored 49 in 91 balls with six boundaries. Atapattu and Siriwardene made vital 89 runs for the fourth wicket.

Nilakshi de Silva struck a quick-fire 31 in just 19 balls inclusive of two boundaries and two sixes. De Silva and Prabodhani made 40 runs for the eighth wicket.

Sripali Weerakkody (17), Anushka Sanjeewani (17) and Prasadani Weerakkody (11) too contributed with some runs to the Sri Lankan total yet none of them could carry them past the finish-line.

Mansi Joshi took three for 51 and Rajeshwari Gayakward took two wickets for 37 for India. Significantly, there were three run-outs in the Sri Lanka Women’s innings.

The third and final ODI of the series will be played on Sunday, 16 September at MCG grounds, Katunayake before the start of their five-match T20 International series.

ICC Women’s’ Championship –

This is one of the ongoing ICC Women’s Championship matches involving the eight leading Test playing countries of the world.

Presently India is placed fifth in the list which is led by New Zealand Women.

Sri Lanka Women are in the eighth and last spot sans any win, out of eight matches.

Last Tuesday, 11 September Sri Lanka suffered a nine-wicket loss in the opening ODI of the series at the same venue.

Brief Scores:

India Women 219 in 50 overs (Tania Bhatiya 68, Mithali Raj 52, Dayalan Hemalatha 35, Shikha Pandey 15, Smiriti Mandhana 14, Deepti Sharma 12; Chamari Atapatthu 3/42, Sripali Weerakkody 2/36, Udeshika Prabodhani 2/45)

Sri Lanka Women 212 in 48.1 overs (Chamari Atapattu 57,  Shashikala Siriwardhane 49, Nilakshi de Silva 31, Sripali Weerakkody 17, Anushka Sanjeewani 17, Prasadani Weerakkody 11; Mansi Joshi 3/51, Rajeshwari Gayekward 2/37).

Remainder of the series:

16 September – 3rd ODI at MCG Katunayake

19 September – 1st T20I at MCG Katunayake

21 September – 2nd T20I at Colts Cricket Club, Colombo

22 September – 3rd T20I at CCC, Colombo

24 September – 4th T20I at CCC, Colombo

25 September – 5th T20I at MCG Katunayake