India Women tour of Sri Lanka 2018, First T20I, Sri Lanka Women vs India Women – India Women won by 13 runs
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, FTZ Sports Complex, Katunayake
Poonam Yadav spun a web around Sri Lankan Women in the first T20I of the five match series to seal a 13-run victory for India Women. She registered figures of 4 for 26 in her 4 overs, three of the four are top order wickets!
With this 4-wkt haul, Poonam Yadav (57 T20I wickets) went past Jhulan Goswami (56) to become India’s leading wicket taker in this format of the game! Ekta Bisht is at the third position in this list with 50 wickets. If you are not aware, Goswami announced her T20I retirement just before the start of this tour quoting ‘it is not fair to continue playing a format if you are not enjoying it’!
Put into bat first, India Women got to a great total with three individual scores of 30 or more. Jemimah Rodrigues and Anuja Patil scored 36 runs each while Taniya Bhatia top scored with 46 runs. India Women finished with 168 for 8 in their 20 overs, a total which is huge in Women’s T20I cricket.
Sri Lanka, in reply, put on a spirited chase with their openers adding 39-run opening partnership in the first three overs. Lokusuriyage scored 45 runs at no. 5 but her departure in the penultimate over confirmed India’s victory! In the end, they fell short of India Women’s total by 13 runs. With this victory, India Women had taken a 1-0 lead in the five match series. The second T20I of the series will be played on Friday (Sep 21).
India Women – 168/8 in 20 overs (Taniya Bhatia – 46, Jemimah Rodrigues – 36, Udeshika Prabodhani – 2/18, Chamari Athapaththu – 2/23)beat Sri Lanka Women – 155 all out in 19.3 overs (Eshani Lokusuriyage – 45, Yasoda Mendis – 32, Poonam Yadav – 4/26, Radha Yadav – 2/15) by 13 runs
Poonam Yadav (Ind W) – 4 wickets
Sri Lanka Women:
Playing XI: Hasini Perera, Chamari Athapaththu (c), Yasoda Mendis, Shashikala Siriwardene, Eshani Lokusuriyage, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Rebeca Vandort (wk), Sripali Weerakkody, Sugandika Kumari, Udeshika Prabodhani
Bench:Anushka Sanjeewani, Imalka Mendis, Dilani Manodara, Ama Kanchana
Playing XI: Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Mansi Joshi, Radha Yadav
Bench:Dayalan Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey
T20I Series Schedule:
T20I #1: Sep 19, Sri Lanka Women vs India Women, Venue: FTZ Sports Complex, Katunayake
T20I #2: Sep 21, Sri Lanka Women vs India Women, Venue: Colts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo
T20I #3: Sep 22, Sri Lanka Women vs India Women, Venue: Colombo Cricket Club Ground, Colombo
T20I #4: Sep 24, Sri Lanka Women vs India Women, Venue: Colombo Cricket Club Ground, Colombo
T20I #5: Sep 25, Sri Lanka Women vs India Women, Venue: FTZ Sports Complex, Katunayake
** Photo credits to Punag