In the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, the Indian Women’s team under Harmanpreet Kaur’s captaincy, have been going strong from the opening game of the tournament. After claiming three worthy victories, India already seemed set at the top of the group A table.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka women’s team were struggling hard to stay alive in the tournament. However, as India and Sri Lanka clashed on 29th February, Saturday, India easily got the upper hand and swept the game away from Sri Lanka in no time.
Sri Lanka choosing tp bat after winning the toss, could not create an impact, as opener Umesha Thimashini collapsed at the beginning of the 3rd over. Though Chamari Atapattu, gave quite a fight, Sri Lanka badly needed a steady partnership in order to put on a defendable total on board.
However, a 30 runs partnership between Atapattu and Harshitha Madavi was in bloom when Rajeshwari Gayekwad restricted an already struggling Madavi. Soon after, Radha Yadav clasped her first wicket of the night by dismantling Chamari Atapattu in the 9th over.
Sri Lanka’s middle-order started collapsing without much contribution, and the credit has to given to the spells inflicted by Radha Yadav, claiming 4 wickets. Though, Kavisha Dilhari at the bottom pushed the score past 100 and only settling for a total score of 113, with the loss of 9 wickets.
India’s confidence was clearly visible in their gameplay, and as they came to bat, they made sure to get to the finish mark with ease. Openers, Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana set up the initial gameplay, and the rest followed suit.
Sri Lanka though managed to trap a fierce-looking Mandhana in the 5th over, but Shafali took charge and led the batting line-up from the front. Verma was on the brink of scoring a half-century when she fell short on the crease with a run-out.
With Shafali gone, Sri Lanka looked to return back to the game, but the damage was already done. Making sure on the victory, Jeremiah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma easily finished the game keeping India at the top of Group A table.