Dambulla. Already confident of winning the series, the Indian women’s cricket team will look to clean sweep the series by defeating hosts Sri Lanka in the third and final T20 International on Monday (June 27). Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian women’s team took a 2-0 lead in the three-match series after thrashing the home team by 34 runs in the first T20I with a five-wicket win in the second match.
These victories will boost India’s morale ahead of the Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham next month. This time women’s T20 cricket is making its debut in the Commonwealth Games. India have regained the winning streak but the team will not be completely happy with their performance in the series so far. The bowlers have done well in both the matches so far but the Indian batting needs a lot of improvement.
Indian team would like to pay attention to fielding
Apart from this, India’s fielding was also not as expected. Indian bowlers have impressed. The spinners have done well and have taken full advantage of the slow pitches. He easily defended the score of 138 runs in the first match. Sri Lankan captain Chamari Atapattra (43) and opening batsman Vishmi Gunaratne (45) put on an 87-run partnership in the second match to face the Indian bowlers well. However, the visiting bowlers made a comeback, conceding only 14 runs in the last 3.1 overs and restricted Sri Lanka to a score of just 125 runs.
Indian batsmen had to struggle while chasing
Indian batsmen, however, had to struggle to achieve this target as well. Shefali Verma (17), Sabhinene Meghna (17) and Yastika Bhatia (13) lost wickets after being frozen at the crease. Jemima Rodriguez (03), the team’s top scorer in the first match, returned cheaply to the pavilion in the second match. Opener Smriti Mandhana, who failed in the first match, made a strong comeback after scoring 39 runs in 34 balls.
Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur played match winning innings in the second T20
Apart from Mandhana, captain Harmanpreet Kaur (31 not out) also played an important role in giving India a winning lead by playing useful innings. Harmanpreet is now India’s most successful batsman in T20 Internationals. Sri Lanka will try to avoid clean sweep in the second consecutive series. The team was defeated by Pakistan 3-0 in the previous series.
Hosts Sri Lanka will try to register a win
The hosts will try to come together and register a consolation win to boost their morale ahead of the three-match ODI series starting on Friday. The team will need contribution from both its batsmen and bowlers for this. The spin duo of Inoka Ranveera and Oshadi Ranasinghe have impressed so far and the team will be hoping for a good performance from both of them once again.
The team is as follows:
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Simran Bahadur, Yastika Bhatia, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Richa Ghosh, Sabhinene Meghna, Meghna Singh, Poonam Yadav, Renuka Singh, Jemima Rodrigues, Shefali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar and Radha Yadav.
Sri Lanka: Chamari Atapattu (Captain), Nilakshi D’Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Vishmi Gunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Hansima Karunaratne, Achini Kulsuriya, Sugandhika Kumari, Harshita Madvi, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranvira, Satya Sandeepani, Anoushka Sanjeevani Tharika Sewandi.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 26, 2022, 16:21 IST