Batting first, India had challenged Sri Lanka to 138 runs, thanks to the excellent innings of Jemimah Rodrigues (36*). The hosts could only manage 104 runs.
Team India, who were on a tour of Sri Lanka, defeated hosts Sri Lanka by 34 runs in the first T20 match played in Dambulla on Thursday. Jemimah Rodrigues (36*) and Deepti Sharma (17*) took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series after a fine finishing effort. Indian spinners bowled brilliantly to help India successfully defend a paltry 138-run haul. Young all-rounder Kavisha Dilhari worked hard with an unbeaten 47, but it was not enough for Sri Lanka to avoid defeat.
Chasing a modest target, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start as Deepti Sharma dismissed Vishmi Gunaratne on the second ball of the second over of the innings. Harshita Madhavi and Chamari Atapattu ensured that there was no further damage in the powerplay. But they couldn’t make good use of the powerplay, allowing them to score only 25/1 at the end of the six overs.
After this, Atapattu (16) returned to the pavilion off Radha Yadav in a bid to score runs at a fast pace. Deepti Sharma dismissed Madhavi (10) two balls later to give Sri Lanka the third blow.
Kavisha Dilhari showed some courage, first shared a 27-run partnership with Nilakshi D’Silva and then scored 32 runs with Ama Kanchana. However, both the partnerships remained well below the required run rate. In the end, Dilhari remained unbeaten on 47, but after restricting Sri Lanka to 104/5 in 20 overs, India won the match by 34 runs.
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Before, India had defeated the toss and opted to bat sooner. At the same time, to reach the team’s 138/6, opener Shafali Verma played a brilliant shot and played a knock of 31 runs, but in the end, Jemimah Rodrigues (36 not out) and Deepti Sharma (17 not out) helped to reach the total with a fine finish.