In the ongoing series, between India Women and Sri Lanka Women, visiting skipper Mithali Raj won the toss and opted to bat first in the second One-day International at Galle International Stadium before sealing the game by eight runs in a bid to lead the three-match series 2-0.
India women opening pair Punam Raut and Smriti Mandhana tried to start off their innings on a good note. However, they failed to do so and lost their first wicket within a short span of 4.1 overs.
India women added just 14 runs on their scoreboard. They were facing trouble with the bowling attack of Sri Lanka women’s team and lost their second wicket in quick time. They lost their two wickets within the powerplay overs.
However, Mithali and Harmanpreet Kaur put up some good show in the middle.
Women in Blue played some good cricket in the middle overs while Mithali and wicketkeeper-batter Taniya Bhatia contributed 76 runs partnership for their fifth wicket.
Later, Dayalan Hemalatha added 35 vital runs for the team. Moreover, Sri Lanka women’s captain Chamari Athapaththu bagged three wickets and Inoka Ranaweera, and Shashikala Siriwardene picked up two wickets each.
The highest run-scorer for India, Taniya scored 68 runs for her team. However, they post a target of 220 runs in front of Sri Lanka women.
Meanwhile, while chasing down the target, Sri Lanka women lost their first two wickets in quick succession while posting 21 runs on the scoreboard.
Skipper, Chamari and Shashikala Siriwardene added 89 runs for their fourth wicket partnership. It provided some relief to the team members for a brief period.
Sripali Weerakkody, who was looking good with Nilakshi de Silva was declared as run out in the middle. India women bowlers Shikha Pandey and Deepti Sharma bagged three wickets each, and Mansi Joshi claimed two.
Furthermore, India women’s bowlers and fielders did some fantastic job in the end. They destroyed the hosts batting line up in quick time and won the match by eight runs.