The Indian women’s team produced a clinical performance to register a convincing nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the ICC Women’s Championship.
India produced an incisive bowling effort to bundle out Sri Lanka for a meagre 98 in 35.1 overs and then chased down the target with consummate ease, reaching 100 in 19.5 overs for the loss of just one wicket.
Medium-pacer Mansi Joshi (3/16) and veteran Jhulan Goswami (2/13) wreaked havoc at the top. Poonam Yadav picked up two wickets for India. The spin trio of Deepti Sharma (1/16), Rajeshwari Gayakwad (1/18) and Dayalan Hemalatha (1/19) also chipped in with one wicket each. Skipper Chamari Atapattu top-scored for the Sri Lanka women with a 93-ball 33.
Chasing the paltry target, the Indian openers Punam Raut (24) and Smriti Mandhana (73) looked at ease as they stitched 96 runs for the first wicket to seal the match for their side.
But just when it seemed India women would reach the target unscathed with just three runs to win, Raut was dismissed. Mandhana starred with the bat, hitting 11 boundaries and two sixes in her innings.