India Women tour of Sri Lanka 2018, Third T20I, Sri Lanka Women vs India Women – India Women won by 5 wickets
Saturday, September 22, 2018, Colombo Cricket Club Ground, Colombo
After being put into bat first, Sri Lanka Women lost Yasoda Mendis very early and once again to Arundhati Reddy – third time in three games in this five match series. Captain Chamari Athapaththu and Shashikala Siriwardene batted cautiously to take their team total over 50-mark. With the help of a 20-ball 31 from Nilakshi de Silva in the end, Sri Lanka Women finished with 131 for 8 in their 20 overs.
In reply, India looked positive from the first ball and Jemimah Rodrigues starred with the bat with a 40-ball 57. She scored 6 fours and 2 sixes in her brilliant knock. With 19 runs needed from the last 25 balls, Veda Krishnamurthy (11 off 10) along with Anuja Patil (8 off 6) took India to a 5 wicket victory and help them take an unassailable lead in the five match series.
With this victory, India Women have taken a 2-0 lead against Sri Lanka Women with two matches to go in the series. The second T20I on Friday (Sep 21) was abandoned due to rain. The fourth T20I of the series will be played at the same venue on Monday (Sep 24).
India Women – 132/5 in 18.2 overs (Jemimah Rodrigues – 57, Harmanpreet Kaur – 24, Chamari Athapaththu – 2/29, Kavisha Dilhari – 1/12) beat Sri Lanka Women – 131/8 in 20 overs (Shashikala Siriwardene – 35, Nilakshi de Silva – 31, Harmanpreet Kaur – 2/3, Arundhati Reddy – 2/19) by 5 wickets
Jemimah Rodrigues (Ind W) – 57 runs
Sri Lanka Women:
Playing XI: Yasoda Mendis, Chamari Athapaththu (c), Dilani Manodara (wk), Kavisha Dilhari, Eshani Lokusuriyage, Ama Kanchana, Shashikala Siriwardene, Nilakshi de Silva, Sripali Weerakkody, Udeshika Prabodhani, Sugandika Kumari
Bench:Hasini Perera, Rebeca Vandort, Anushka Sanjeewani, Imalka Mendis
Playing XI: Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Anuja Patil, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav
Bench:Mansi Joshi, Dayalan Hemalatha, 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
** Image credits to Scoop Whoop