Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur stars as clinical India seal T20I series

Harmanpreet Kaur put on an all-round performance. Image Credit : SLC

Harmanpreet Kaur put on an all-round performance. Image Credit : SLC

On a day of batting wobbles, it was Sri Lanka’a out and out breakdown of 7 for 33 that demonstrated lethal to their possibilities keeping the T20I series against India alive in Dambulla. Having limited the hosts to 125/7 in spite of a 87-run opening, India pulled off the 126-run pursue with five wickets and five balls in excess, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Chamari Athapaththu had little wavering in selecting to bat on a changed wicket, yet battled to make any significant association with the bat for the initial eight balls she confronted. In any case, she turned it around rapidly, pounding two over Deepti Sharma’s head for a six and a four to complete Sri Lanka’s powerplay at 37/0. And keeping in mind that the chief battled, it was the teenaged opener Vishmi Gunaratne who likewise defeated a sketchy begin to save neither Deepti nor India’s youngster medium-pacers as she got four limits in the powerplay.

The couple kept the odd limit an over coming in the center overs also to address their interests from the past match. What likewise helped Athapaththu’s certainty was that the absence of an advancement had begun prompting uncommon blunders from India’s bowlers. Each time Pooja Vastrakar or Deepti dropped it short or solidly in the space, the Sri Lankan captain hooked on to compensate for the spots prior as she proceeded to outscore the youthful opening accomplice.

At last, it was the twofold bowling change of captain Harmanpreet Kaur herself and Vastrakar that brought some break for India. From 83/0 after the twelfth north of, a peaceful two or three overs constrained Athapaththu to go hard at one and swing it directly to profound in reverse square, missing the mark concerning her fifty. Gunaratne stuck for one more several unassuming overs, saw bad habit commander Harshita Madavi raising the group’s 100 and cleared Hamanpreet to the wall in a significant seventeenth over that she sadly finished by chipping a straightforward return catch to the India skipper.

From that point on, India got back in the game. Deepti returned a twofold wicket last finished – getting Madavi captured at cover and Nilakshi de Silva LBW in about five conveyances – to wrap up with 2-34. Yastika Bhatia, coming in and keeping instead of Richa Ghosh, was in real life in the following over, whipping the bails off instantly to have her impact in Hasini Perera’s run out and afterward easily pouching the top-edge off Oshadi Raansinghe’s endeavored switch clear to give Radha Yadav her most memorable scalp.

Kavisha Dilhari, the star with the bat for Sri Lanka in the initial apparatus, saw this breakdown from the opposite end while being famished off strike. At the point when she got it, her brand name brassy endeavor at a scoop was caught by Smriti Mandhana at short fine leg as Sri Lanka could summon just 125.

India also had their mishandles in the pursuit that was secured by Mandhana in the principal half, and Harmanpreet in the second, and cut indistinguishable appearances of 17 off 10 from Shafali Verma and Meghana Singh. The India bad habit chief drove, slice and pulled to disrupt Sri Lanka’s bowlers right off the bat, while it was Verma who swindled Ranasinghe during her short stay. In the five balls she looked from the offspinner, Verma went 4,1, speck, 6, 4 preceding mis-raising a ruckus around town one to give Sri Lanka a forward leap.

Meghana assumed responsibility until the end of the powerplay as she hammered four limits in the fifth over, from Udshika Prabodhini. Sugandika Kumari had her confused before long, yet the two appearances guaranteed India had proactively knocked off 52 runs in a going after start. Mandhana continued onward and continued to pepper the offside limit to help India to an agreeable 80/2 at the midway imprint.

While India appeared to be controlling everything, it was Inoka Ranaweera’s twofold strike to dispose of Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues in progressive overs that constrained India to reconsider. In any case, a very much settled Harmanpreet produced a calm 23-run stand with Bhatia to return India on target. Fittingly, she assisted her side to the 2-0 lead with her brand name clear toward the beginning of the last finished.

Brief score : Sri Lanka Women 125/7 (Vishmi Gunaratne 45, Chamari Athapaththu 43; Deepti Sharma 2-34) lost to India Women 127/5 in 19.1 overs (Smriti Mandhana 39, Harmanpreet Kau 31*; Inoka Ranaweera 2-18, Oshadi Ranasinghe 2-32) by 5 wickets.

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