Palekal. The Indian women’s ODI team started with a win under the captaincy of Harmanpreet Kaur. In the first ODI of the series played on Friday, they defeated Sri Lanka by 4 wickets. Sri Lankan team won the toss and decided to bat first. The hosts, however, were all out in 48.2 overs for a total of 171. After this, the Indian women’s team won the match in 38 overs by scoring 176 for 6 wickets. With this, the visiting team also took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series. India had earlier defeated Sri Lanka 2-1 in the T20I series.
Most runs captain for Indian team Harmanpreet Kaur made by He hit 3 fours in his restrained innings of 44 off 63 balls. Opener Shefali Verma contributed 35 while Harleen Deol contributed 34 runs. Deepti Sharma returned unbeaten on 22 off 41 balls and 21 off 19 balls by Pooja Vastrakar. Pooja hit a six on the first ball of the 38th over of Ranasinghe’s innings and then hit a six on the last ball as well, giving the team a 4-wicket victory.
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Chasing the target of 172 runs, the Indian women’s team got the initial blow in the second over when Smriti Mandhana (4) was bowled by Oshadi Ranasinghe. Yastika Bhatia (1) also could not do anything special and became the victim of Ranasinghe. Then captain Harmanpreet Kaur put together 44 runs for the third wicket.
On a personal score of 35 to Shefali Verma, Anushka was stumped by Inoka Ranveera’s ball. He hit 1 four and 2 sixes in his innings of 40 balls. Harmanpreet and Harleen Deol then took the innings forward and took the team’s score beyond 120. Both shared a 62-run partnership for the fourth wicket. It seemed that this pair would come back with a win, but Inoka Ranveera broke this partnership in the 26th over of the innings.
Harmanpreet missed the half-century and returned to the pavilion after scoring 44 runs. He hit 3 fours in 63 balls. Harleen was also dismissed lbw by Ranveer, due to which the Indian women’s team’s score was 130 for 5 in 27.3 overs. He contributed 34 runs in 40 balls with the help of 2 fours.
Earlier, India bowled out the Sri Lankan women’s team for 171 runs in 48.2 overs due to a brilliant performance by the bowlers led by fast bowler Renuka Singh and spinner Deepti Sharma. Deepti and Renuka took 3 wickets each, while Pooja Vastrakar took 2 and captain Harmanpreet Kaur and veteran spinner Rajeshwari Gaikwad took 1-1 wickets.
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For Sri Lanka, Nilakshi de Silva top-scored with 43 while Hasini Perera scored 37 runs. After losing the toss, after receiving the fielding invitation, Renuka showed the way to the pavilion cheaply in the third over to the captain of the opposing team, Chamari Atapattu (2). After this, Deepti made Hansima Karunaratne walk without opening the account.
Opener Hasini and Harshita Madavi (28) tried to make a comeback to the team by sharing 34 runs for the third wicket. Deepti dismissed Hasini, who hit 5 fours in 54 balls, after which Harmanpreet did not give Kavisha Dilhari a chance to open the account. Sri Lanka were in trouble after half the team returned to the pavilion for 65 runs in the 19th over of the innings, but Nilakshi took one end to take the score beyond 140.
Nilakshi got good support from wicketkeeper Anushka Sanjeevani (18) and both put on 47 for the sixth wicket. After this, the team’s tail batsmen struggled to take the score beyond 170 runs. The second ODI match of the series between the two teams will be played on July 4 at this ground. (input from language)
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FIRST PUBLISHED : July 01, 2022, 16:45 IST