Sri Lanka Women vs India Women, 1st T20I
India Women won by 34 runs
That then, is a wrap of today's proceedings. Sri Lanka are yet to record a T20I win against India in Sri Lanka, so the wait continues....can they change that on Saturday? Do remember to join us for the second T20I (same time, same place) to look out. Until then, cheers and goodbye!!
Jemimah Rodrigues, Player of the Match: The pitches are similar to back home in Mumbai and I just applied myself, played my natural game. I love this country and that is a privilege for us to come and play some cricket here. Lot of support from the crowd and Sri Lankan cricket board as well.
Harmanpreet Kaur, India skipper: I think credit goes to all the players for the belief and the way Jemi batted and later on the bowlers did the job for us. As a unit we always want to utilize the first six overs and apart from that that went according to plan. We are really enjoying our time here and nice to see people come and watch us play here.
Chamari Athapaththu, Sri Lankan skipper: We dropped a couple of catches and that final over really cost us. In the powerplay we didn't bat to our best and played too many dot balls I felt. We have to stick with our plan and play positive cricket to chase that kind of a score.
17:08 local, 17:08 IST: Sri Lanka were a bit slow to start, but just when they begined to generate some momentum, Radha Yadav struck twice in three balls to remove Chamari Athapaththu and Harshitha Madavi which forced a bit of cautious approach from the rest of the batters. Kavisha Dilhari tried her best, but with a strike-rate under 100, that was never going to be enough especially whereas chasing at over 9 RPO in the final 10 overs. The bowling was really right from India and the extras column is only a fair reflection of how well they bowled today. Remember India scored 20 runs off the final over and that really helped the visitors gain some confidence going in the chase. Stay tuned for the presentations...
SLW: 104-5 after 20 overs
19.6 Renuka Singh to Kavisha Dilhari, 1 run, jams the yorker to mid-on and a one is all they'll get. Comprehensive win for India, they win by 34 runs and go 1-0 up in the 3-match series.
19.5 Renuka Singh to Kavisha Dilhari, FOUR , excellent shot! Too good. Pitched up well wide of off, Kavisha lifts that inside out over extra cover and poses for the cameras. Plenty of class on that stroke
19.4 Renuka Singh to Anushka Sanjeewani, 1 run, goes full at the stumps, flicked far to deep mid-wicket
19.3 Renuka Singh to Anushka Sanjeewani, FOUR , sprayed down the leg-side and Sanjeewani takes full toll of it. She makes room outside off and manages an inside fringe that is just enough to beat the fielder at fewer fine
19.2 Renuka Singh to Anushka Sanjeewani, 2 runs, full and slipping down the leg-side, Sanjeewani gets a thick top-edge on the sweep that loops over the wicket keeper to her left
19.1 Renuka Singh to Anushka Sanjeewani, no run, fuller and wider, Sanjeewani plays the late dab but can' get that previous backward point
Renuka Singh [3.0-0-13-0] is back in the attack
SLW: 92-5 after 19 overs
18.6 Vastrakar to Anushka Sanjeewani, 1 run, fewer and wide of off, Sanjeewani flat-bats the turn to the left of deep extra cover
18.5 Vastrakar to Kavisha Dilhari, 1 run, plays the scoop and gets that off the toe-end to the right of fewer fine
18.4 Vastrakar to Anushka Sanjeewani, 1 run, clipped far to the right of deep mid-wicket
18.3 Vastrakar to Kavisha Dilhari, leg byes, 1 run, was there an inside fringe on that? Looks like it. fewer full toss that dips right in front of middle and leg, Dilhari misses the flick and that deflects off the square leg to her right. The umpire felt that was missing leg with the angle and hence didn't look interested
18.2 Vastrakar to Anushka Sanjeewani, 1 run, high full toss outside off, Sanjeewani slaps the turn to the left of sweeper cover
18.1 Vastrakar to Kavisha Dilhari, 1 run, too full on off-stump, Kavisha jams the flick towards square leg
Pooja Vastrakar [3.0-1-8-1] is back in the attack
SLW: 86-5 after 18 overs
17.6 Shafali Verma to Anushka Sanjeewani, no run, flat outside off, Sanjeewani cuts and looks backward point