India Women start series with massive win

India Women’s opening batswomen Smriti Mandhana scored an unbeaten 73 runs in 76 deliveries


By Ishani Upatharitha in Galle

India women’s cricket team beat their Sri Lankan counterparts by nine wickets in their first ODI held at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, 11 September.

Sri Lanka Women who won the toss and elected to bat were bowled out for 98 runs in 35.1 overs.

Skipper Chamari Atapattu scored 33 runs and Sripali Weerakkody scored 26. Mansi Joshi took three wickets for 16 runs for India. Poonam Yadav and Jhulan Goswami took two wickets each.

In their reply, India Women scored 100 runs for just one wicket in 19.5 overs.

Opener, the right-handed batswomen Smriti Mandhana scored an unbeaten 73 runs in just 76 deliveries with 11 boundaries and two sixes. Punam Raut scored 24 runs.

Inoka Ranaweera took the only wicket to fall, for five runs.

Schedule of the remainder of the series:

13th September – 2nd ODI at Galle International Cricket Stadium

16th September – 3rd ODI at MCG, Katunayake

19th September – 1st T20I at MCG, Katunayake

21st September – 2nd T20I at Colts Grounds, Colombo

22nd September – 3rd T20I at CCC, Colombo

24th September – 4th T20I at CCC, Colombo

25th September – 5th T20I at MCG, Katunayake

Brief Scores:

Sri Lanka Women 98 in 35.1 overs (Chamari Atapattu 33 n.o., Sripali Weerakkody 26, Dilani Manodara 13; Mansi Joshi 3/16, Poonam Yadav 2/13, Jhulan Goswami 2/13)

India Women 100/1 in 19.5 overs (Smriti Mandhana 73 n.o., Punam Raut 24; Inoka Ranaweera 1/5).