Shashikala Siriwardena hit a superb half-century as Sri Lanka notched a thrilling three-wicket victory against India in the first T20 of the three-match series in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
India batted first and postesd 147 for three wickets in its 20 overs, Sri Lankan Ladies achieved the target in 19.5 overs, losing seven wickets in the process. Shashikala blazed 52 off 39 balls with five fours and Chamari Polgampola remained unbeaten on 19 off 16 balls.
Put in to bat, India’s openers got off to a lightning start with Anagha Deshpande and Raj putting 71 on the board in ten overs before Deshpande was run out for 21. Raj then accelerated and put on 67 runs in just 7.1 overs with Harmanpreet Kaur to take India to 138. Oshadi Ranasinghe struck twice in the same over, first ending Raj’s 47-ball innings and then picking up Jhulan Goswami’s wicket three balls later.
Kaur remained unbeaten on 40 off 29 balls as India managed to score just nine runs after Raj’s wicket.
When Sri Lanka batted, Soniya Dabir struck in the fifth over, dismissing Lasanthi Madushani for 15 after Sri Lanka’s openers got off to a steady start. Rajeshwari Gayakwad struck in the next over sending back the in-form Yasoda Mendis.
Siriwardene and Ranasinghe then shared a 37-run stand for the fourth wicket before Gayakwad picked up her second wicket, dismissing Ranasinghe for 19.
Siriwardene marched on despite wickets falling at the other end. With Sri Lanka struggling at 94 for 6, Siriwardene had an important stand of 45 runs with Chamari Kumarihami for the seventh wicket, before her defiant knock of 52 off 39 came to an end when Gayakwad took a return catch to pick up her third wicket.
Kumarihami, however, remained unbeaten on 19 as she guided Sri Lanka to the win.
The second T20I will be played on Sunday at the same venue.
- Brief Scores:
- India Women 147/3 (M Raj 67, H Kaur 40, O Ranasinghe 2/27)
- Sri Lanka Women 148/7 in 19.5 ovs ( S Siriwardena 52, C Atapattu 21, S Gayakward 2/24)
- Sri Lanka Women won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)