Palekal. The Indian women’s cricket team would like to win the 3-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in the second match on Monday. At the same time, she will expect good performance from her top order, especially the openers. After winning the T20I series 2-1 earlier, India took a 1-0 lead in the ODI series after winning the first match of the low-scoring match by 4 wickets with 72 balls to spare. Despite this easy win, the Indian think tank must have had some concerns about the opening pair of vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and young Shefali Verma. This is because these two batsmen have not been able to form a big partnership on the tour so far, due to which the team has not got a fast start. Mandhana and Verma would now like to score big as there are only 2 matches left on the tour.
Captain Harmanpreet Kaur is enjoying her role. Apart from scoring runs, she is also taking wickets with her off-spin. The Indian bowlers, especially the spinners, are making good use of the slow pitches of Sri Lanka and have played a key role in the team’s victory on the tour. Right arm medium pacer Renuka Singh took 3 wickets for 29 runs. However, the off break of Deepti Sharma (3 wickets) broke the backbone of Sri Lanka, due to which the visiting team was reduced to just 171 runs in the first ODI. While the Indian bowlers performed brilliantly on the tour, the batsmen are facing inconsistency.
middle order had won
Shafali Verma once again failed to get off to a good start and in the first ODI, chasing a low score, the top order collapsed. The middle order comprising Harmanpreet, Harleen Deol, Deepti, Pooja Vastrakar led India to victory in the opening match. The Sri Lankan team will hope that skipper Chamari Atapattu inspires the batsmen to perform well with his bat. Openers Hasini Perera, Harshita Samarawickrama and Nilakshi de Silva batted well but they need partnerships.
Left-arm spinner Inoka Ranveera performed brilliantly in the bowling but will need help from her teammates. The Sri Lankan team lost the ODI series against Pakistan last month and would like to avoid losing the second consecutive series in this format.
Both teams are as follows
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (Vice Captain), Shefali Verma, Yastika Bhatia (WK), S Meghna, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Simran Bahadur, Richa Ghosh (WK), Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh, Tania Bhatia (wk), Harleen Deol.
Sri Lanka: Chamari Atapattu (Captain), Nilakshi D’Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Vismi Gunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Hansima Karunaratne, Achini Kulsuriya, Sugandhika Kumari, Harshita Samarawickrama, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka Sandeepani, Ranvira, Satyavani, Sandeepani, Ranvira Shehani and Tharika Sewandi.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 03, 2022, 15:29 IST