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India Women take lead in T20 series

By Ishani Upatharitha

The touring India Women beat Sri Lanka Women by 13 runs in their first Twenty20 International played at Chilaw Marians Cricket Club grounds, Katunayake on Wednesday, 19 September.

Sri Lanka Women won the toss and elected to field.

Taniya Bhatia, on right, scored 46 in 35 balls and shared a 67-run stand for the fifth wicket with Anuja Patil, left, who made 36 in 29 deliveries. (SLC)

India scored 168 runs for eight wickets in their 20 overs mainly on the back of Taniya Bhatia who scored 46 runs. Jemimah Rodrigues (36), Anuja Patil (36) and Veda Krishnamurthy (21 n.o.) chipped in helping them post a competitive total.

Udeshika Prabodhini and Chamari Athapattu took two wickets for the Lankans.

In their reply, Sri Lanka Women were bowled out for 155 in 19.3 overs. Eshani Lokusuriyage top-scored with 45. Yashoda Mendis (32) and Chamari Atapattu (27) contributed with decent knocks.

Poonam Yadav took four wickets for 26 runs. Radha Yadev and Harmanpreet Kaur took two wickets each.

Brief Scores:

India Women 168/8 in 20 overs (Taniya Bhatia 46, Jemimah Rodrigues 36, Anuja Patil 36, Veda Krishnamurthy 21 n.o.; Udeshika Prabodhini 2/18, Chamari Atapattu 2/23)

Sri Lanka Women 155 in 19.3 overs (Eshani Lokusuriyage 45, Yashoda Mendis 32, Chamari Atapattu 27; Poonam Yadav 4/26, Radha Yadev 2/15, Harmanpreet Kaur 2/19).

Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav, on right, who enjoyed having a four-wicket haul for India

Remainder of T20 International series:

21 September – 2nd T20I at Colts CC, Colombo

22 September – 3rd T20I at CCC, Colombo

24 September – 4th T20I at CCC, Colombo

25 September – 5th T20I at MCG, Katunayake

Sri Lanka Women’s Team –

The 17-year-old Kavisha Dilhari of Devapathiraja College, Ambalangoda

The inclusion of 17-year-old Devapathiraja College, Ambalangoda all-rounder Kavisha Dilhari and the return of Eshani Lokusuriyage and Dilani Manodara are among seven changes Sri Lanka have made to their squad against India for the five-match T20I series.

Chamari Atapattu who missed their previous T20I assignment, the Asia Cup T20, with dengue will lead the side. She captained Sri Lanka in the ODI series which Sri Lanka lost  2-1 last week.

Sri Lanka Women’s Squad for T20I series:

Chamari Attapattu (Captain), Yasoda Mendis, Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Eshani Lokusuriyage, Hasini Perera, Dilani Manodara (wk), Shashikala Siriwardena, Nilakshi De Silva, Imalka Mendis, Sripalee Weerakkodi, Sugandika Kumari, Rebeca Vandort, Udeshika Prabodhini, Ama Kanchana and Kavisha Dilhari

Out: Oshadi Ranasinghe, Nipuni Hansika, Malsha Shehani, Achini Kulasooriya, Harshitha Madavi, Inoshi Fernando and Inoka Ranaweera.