Hello and welcome to the highlights of India’s tour of Sri Lanka. This is Sportstar’s live blog and updates from the 2nd ODI in Pallekal.
India 173/0 in 25.3 overs: FOUR- Another beauty of a shot by Mandhana as the India vice-captain times it in an exquisite manner.
SIX- Mandhana gets her first six and India has almost reached its target.
India takes a single and seals the chase and the series. It beats Sri Lanka Women by 10 wickets and leads 2-0 in the series.
Kanchana bowling her fourth over
India 160/0 in 25 overs: Chance- The ball was in the air but falls short of the two fielders who had converged to take the catch. Verma is safe for now. Five runs from the over. India inching closer to the win.
Ranasinghe to bowl the 25th over
India 155/0 in 24 overs: Great committment shown by De Silva to stop the boundary. It was a nice shot by Mandhana, straight over the bowler’s head. Initially, the ball seemed like it would cross the ropes but De Silva prevented that with a dive at full-stretch.
Kanchana to bowl her third over
India 148/0 in 23 overs: Shafali Verma has got her highest score in ODIs. It has been a mature innings friom her. Apart from the boundaries, she has done well to rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking.
SIX- First six for India and it is Shafali Verma who gets it. The ball is outside off and Verma with a sweep, easily clears deep midwicket for the maximum.
Ranasinghe bowling her fourth over
India 134/0 in 22 overs: FOUR- Mandhana is on a roll here. She gets her ninth boundary. She comes down the track and lifts the ball to the ropes.
FOUR – Another boundary for Mandhana. She is decimating Sri Lanka’s bowling attack here.
Ranaweera to bowl her sixth over
India 123/0 in 21 overs: Mandhana hits her eighth boundary. She pulls it through square leg for the four. 10 runs from the over. Very expensive from the Sri Lankan skipper.
Chamari to bowl the 21st over
India 113/0 in 20 overs: FOUR- Mandhana gets a boundary, her seventh one, from the last ball of the over.
Ranaweera bowling the 20th over
India 106/0 in 19 overs: FOUR- India brings up its 100 in style- Who else but Mandhana who brings it up with a boundary. Six runs from the over.
Chamari to bow her second over
India 99/0 in 18 overs: Excellent half-century by Smriti Mandhana as she brings up her fifty with a couple. Dropped- Sri Lanka drop another catch. This time Mandhana with a poorly-timed shot and there was the chance of getting caught and bowled. However, Ranaweera cannot hold on to the ball.
Ranaweera to bowl her fourth over
India 95/0 in 17 overs: India’s openers continue with their confident batting. Five runs conceded by Chamari in her first over.
Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Athapaththu into the attack
India 91/0 in 16 overs: Dropped- A golden chance wasted by Sri Lanka to break the oepnign partnsership. Verma looks for the maximum but did not get the power. De Silva was the fielder at long on looking for the catch but she drops it.
Dilhari to bowl her third over
India 86/0 in 15 overs: Nice touch by Mandhana to guide the ball towards short third man. The fielder has a long chase in order to prevent the boundary. Six runs off the over.
Ranaweera back for her third over
India 80/0 in 14 overs: WIDE- Mandhana swung the bat and missed. Dilhari is lucky to get off with just a wide. A poor ball by her there.
Dilhari to bowl her second over
India 73/0 in 13 overs: FOUR- Lovely use of the feet by Mandhana to drive the ball over mid-off for a four.
Ranaweera to bowl the 13th over
India 65/0 in 12 overs: FOUR- A boundary from the last ball of the over. The ball was short and wide. Verma finds the ropes. The extra cover fielder dove but could not get a touch.
Dilhari brought into the attack. She is to bowl the 12th over
India 59/0 in 11 overs: An economical over by Ranaweera- four runs conceded by the bowler in the over.
Ranaweera to bowl the 11th over
India 55/0 in 10 overs: Some good fielding by Sri Lanka to deny India a couple of quick singles.
FOUR – What a well-timed shot by Mandhana. She comes forward and drives the ball through mid-off.
Kanchana to bowl the tenth over
India 50/0 in 9 overs: FOUR- Mandhana sends the ball skilfully to the deep midwicket boundary and with that, the 50-run partnership comes up.
Kulasuriya bowling the ninth
India 46/0 in 8 overs: FOUR- It was a good sliced shot by Verma to the point face. The fielder dove but could not get to the ball.
Kanchana to bowl the eighth over
India 39/0 in 7 overs: FOUR- Cheeky by Shafali. She makes room for herself and lfts the ball over the keeper to send it towards the ropes. It was turning out to be a good over by Kulasuriya till the boundary.
Kulasuriya to bowl the seventh over
India 25/0 in 5 overs: FOUR- Picked up nicely by Shafali. It was a full length delivery and Shafali lifts the ball over the mid-on fielder’s head for boundary
Kulasuriya to bowl the fifth over
India 16/0 in 4 overs: FOUR- Pitched short and Mandhana pulls the ball to deep midwicket for a boundary. Nothing surprising there. Mandhana finishes the over with a single. Seven runs from the over.
Oshadi returns to the attack
India 10/0 in 3 overs: A good over by Kulasuriya as she concedes just two runs from the over.
Kulasuriya returns for her second over
India 8/0 in 2 overs: FOUR- A short ball and Mandhana pulls it for the first boundary of India’s innings. The ball flies over the head of the square-leg fielder. Except the four, it was good bowling by Oshadi.
Oshadi Ranasinghe to bowl the second over
India 2/0 in 1 over: A good first over by Kulasuriya as she concedes just two runs in the first over. Sri Lanka will need a lot of economical overs if wants to win this match.
Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana to open for India Women . Achini Kulasuriya to open the bowling
India Women’s innings is underway! 174 needed from 50 overs!
End of Sri Lanka’s innings- It has set India a target of 174 runs to win the match and seal the series.
Sri Lanka 173/10 in 50 overs: OUT- Inoka Ranaweera st †Bhatia b Sharma 6 (18b 0x4 0x6). OUT- Achini Kulasuriya c Deol b Sharma 0 (1b 0x4 0x6). Two wickets in the last over by India as it bowls out the host for 173. It will take a huge effort by the Lankans to get a result from this match.
Deepti Sharma to bowl the last over
Sri Lanka 170/8 in 49 overs: Kanchana with some attacking batting. Three runs from the first two balls. Five runs from the over.
Meghna to bowl her final over
Sri Lanka 165/8 in 48 overs: FOUR- Kanchana gets a boundary off Gayakwad’s ball- not something that has happened too often todayu given how economical the latter has been. Kanchana came down the wicket and found the boundary wide of long-off.
Gayakwad to bowl the 48th over
Sri Lanka 159/8 in 47 overs: No fifer for Renuka but the end of a lovely spell by the Indian bowler. Her three early wickets really set the tone for India.
Renuka to bowl her final over
Sri Lanka 154/8 in 46 overs: Gayakwad continues her magic- yet another economical over as she concedes just two runs in the over.
Gayakwad to bolw the 46th over
Sri Lanka 153/8 in 45 overs: OUT- Oshadi Ranasinghe c Sharma b Renuka Singh 10 (19b 0x4 0x6). Renuka gets her fourth wicket. It was a mistimed shot and the ball went up in the air. The catch was easy for Deepti Sharma. Inoka Ranaweera is the new batter.
Renuka to bowl the 45th over
Sri Lanka 150/7 in 44 overs: Sri Lanka reaches 150. Two runs conceded by Sharma in the over.
Sharma to bowl her ninth over
Sri Lanka 147/7 in 43 overs: Chance for a run-out after a mixup between the Sri Lankan batters. However, Deol’s throw was disappointing. Four runs conceded by Thakur in the over.
Renuka back into the attack. She will bowl her eighth over
Sri Lanka 143/7 in 42 overs: India continues bowling economically. Sharma conceded just two runs in her eighth over.
Sharma comes in to bowl the 42nd over
Sri Lanka 141/7 in 41 overs: Good use of the wrist by Kanchana to send it through the midwicket gap. Two runs for the Lankans. Four runs conceded by Meghna Singh in her penultimate over.
Meghna Singh to bowl her ninth over
Sri Lanka 136/7 in 40 overs: The ball takes an outside edge and goes to the slips. Precious three runs for Sri Lanka.
Kaur back for her third over
Sri Lanka 128/7 in 39 overs: OUT- Nilakshi de Silva c Sharma b Meghna Singh 32 (62b 3×4 0x6) . Meghna strikes first ball. De Silva who was looking to settle down is caught by Deepti Sharma at cover. FOUR- Kanchana does well to clip the overpitched ball through the gap at the right side of the midwicket fielder.
Meghna to bowl the 39th over
Sri Lanka 123/6 in 38 overs: Kaur conceding just two runs in her second over. Good bowling by the Indian skipper.
Kaur back to bowl her second
Sri Lanka 121/6 in 37 overs: Dropped- Chance for caught and bowled- Sharma with a chance to dismiss de Silva as the latter hit a shot straight at her. Sharma got a hand to it but could not hold on to the ball.
4w- Some lucky runs for Sri Lanka but it will take this.
Sharma to bowl the 37th over
Sri Lanka 114/6 in 36 overs: A good first over by Kaur as she gives away just three runs.
Indiqa skipper Harmanpreet Kaur to bowl her first over
Sri Lanka 111/6 in 35 overs: Some turn and bounce for Gayakwad as the ball beats the keeper. It was a long chase for the fielder as Sri Lanka get a couple of byes.
Gayakwad to bowl her eighth over
Sri Lanka 108/6 in 34 overs: Just one run conceded by Deol in her third over. A good recovery by Deol after an expensive first over.
Deol coming back to bowl her third over.
Sri Lanka 106/6 in 33 overs: Gayakwad starts strongly with three dots on the trot. Another strong over by Gayakwad. Her economy rate currently is 2.14.
Gayakwad to bowl the 33rd over.
Sri Lanka 104/6 in 32 overs: A good response by Deol in her second over. After conceding eight in her first, she has gone for just three in her second over.
Deol back for her second over
Sri Lanka 101/6 in 31 overs: An appeal for caught behind but there isn’t any bat involved. Kanchana went for the sweep but could not connect. Another economical over for Gayakwad.
Gayakwad to bowl the 31st over
Sri Lanka 100/6 in 30 overs: FOUR- A massively overpitched ball by Deol. De Silva takes advantage and goes over extra cover to get the boundary. Deol goes for eight in her first over.
Harleen Deol brought into the attack
Sri Lanka 92/6 in 29 overs: A maiden for Gayakwad in her fifth over. India continues with its economical bowling.
Gayakwad to bowl the 29th over
Sri Lanka 92/6 in 28 overs: Renuka has showed great variation in her bowling today. Apart from her three wickets, she has been economical today. Just three runs from the over.
Renuka to bowl the 28th over
Sri Lanka 89/6 in 27 overs: Just two runs conceded by Deepti in the over. Economical bowling by the Indians.
Deepti to bowl the 27th over
Sri Lanka 87/6 in 26 overs: Six runs conceded by Renuka in the over.
Renuka to bowl the 26th over
Sri Lanka 81/6 in 25 overs: OUT- Kavisha Dilhari run out (Meghna Singh/†Bhatia) 5 (7b 1×4 0x6) Another run out- poor judgement by Dilhari to go for the run and Sanjeewani was also ball-watching. A poor run out.
Sharma to bowl the 25th over
Sri Lanka 81/5 in 24 overs: FOUR- A nice shot by Nilakshi as she flicked the ball to fine leg boundary.
FOUR- A chance for another wicket as the ball is guided towards Deepti at slip. However, Dilhari guides the ball for a boundary.
Meghna back to bowl the 24th over
Sri Lanka 71/5 in 23 overs: OUT- Anushka Sanjeewani run out (†Bhatia) 25 (44b 2×4 0x6) That is a bizarre way to get out for Sanjeewani. Good game awareness by India, poor from Sri Lanka. Sanjeewani’s bat was not grounded as Bhatia showed game awareness to hit the stumps.
Sharma to bowl the 23rd over
Sri Lanka 69/4 in 22 overs: A reverse sweep by Sanjeewani as the ball flashes past the keeper. The ball does not reach the ropes but batters runs well for three. Four runs conceded by Gayakwad.
Gayakwad to bowl the 22nd over
Sri Lanka 64/4 in 21 overs: FOUR- Sanjeewani with the boundary. A nice cut shot over slips and the ball races away to the ropes. Third man had no chance to get there. Five runs from the over.
Vastrakar bowling the 21st over
Sri Lanka 59/4 in 20 overs: FOUR- Nilakshi gets her first boundary as she connects well with the sweep. The fielder at short fine leg dives but cannot get to the ball.
Gayakwad to bowl the 20th over
Sri Lanka 54/4 in 19 overs: Just two runs conceded by Vastrakar in the over. India continues with its economical bowling.
Vastrakar to bowl the 19th over and her third
Sri Lanka 52/4 in 18 overs: FOUR- Another lucky boundary for Sri Lanka. A short ball by Meghna, the ball hits the gloves and flashes over the keeper to the ropes. Meghna responded well after the initial bondary. Just a run conceded after that.
Meghna Singh to bowl the 18th over
Sri Lanka 47/4 in 17 overs: Four leg byes. The ball hits Nilakshi’s helmet and runs off to the boundary. The physio comes to check on her. Fortunately, all okay.
Vastrakar to bowl the 17th over
Sri Lanka 42/4 in 16 overs: Megha starts the over with a wide.
OUT- Chamari Athapaththu c Shafali Verma b Meghna Singh 27 (45b 3×4 0x6) Meghna Singh picks up the key wicket of the Sri Lankan skipper. A lucky wicket for Meghna. Chamari connected well with the ball but it did not have enough power to clear the ropes. The deep fine leg fielder takes an easy catch.
Nilakshi de Silva the new batsman.
Meghna Singh to bowl the 16th
Sri Lanka 40/3 in 15 overs: FOUR- Chamari gets her third boundary. A well-executed shot by the Sri Lankan captain. She connects with her sweep and finds the gap between deep midwicket and deep square leg.
Deepti Sharma to bowl the 15th over
Sri Lanka 35/3 in 14 overs: Athapaththu goes for a maximum but could not get a proper connection. She needs to be content with just a single. Sanjeewani straight shot hits the stumps on the non-striker’s end. A good over by Meghna.
Meghna Singh to bowl her fourth over
Sri Lanka 34/3 in 13 overs: Good running between Sanjeewani and Athapaththu as they take a quick couple. Five runs for the Lankans in the over.
Deepti Sharma to bowl her second over
Sri Lanka 29/3 in 12 overs: Another good over by Gayakwad as she concedes just two runs.
Gayakwad back for her second over
Sri Lanka 27/3 in 11 overs: Sharma concedes just one run in her first over. India continues to put pressure on the Sri Lanka batters.
Deepti Sharma to bowl the 11th over
End of the first powerplay
Sri Lanka 26/3 in 10 overs: Gayakwad bowls a maiden in her first over. A good start by the spinner.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad will bowl the tenth over.
Sri Lanka 26/3 in 9 overs: FOUR- Chamari connected with that very well. It is overpitched and the Sri Lankan skipper takes advantage and goes over the cover field for her second boundary.
Renuka to bowl her fifth over
Sri Lanka 19/3 in 8 overs: FOUR- First boundary for Sri Lanka. It is a glorious drive by skipper Athapaththu through the covers. Seven runs conceded by Vastrakar in her first over.
Pooja Vastrakar brought into the attack. She will bowl the eighth
Sri Lanka 12/3 in 7 overs: OUT-Harshitha Samarawickrama lbw b Renuka Singh 0 (3b 0x4 0x6). Renuka with her third wicket now. It was a loud appeal and the umpire ultimately raises her finger after taking his time. The height of the ball was the only doubt but it was enough for the wicket. Another excellent over by Renuka- one wicket and just a run conceded.
Anushka Sanjeewani comes in for Sri Lanka
Renuka back for the seventh over
Sri Lanka 9/2 in 6 overs: A good over by Meghna, conceding just two runs.
Meghna Singh will bowl the sixth over
Sri Lanka 7/2 in 5 overs: A chance for a caught and bowled as the ball was in the air for a while. However, Gunaratne survives as the ball did not carry to Renuka.
OUT- Vishmi Gunaratne b Renuka Singh 3 (14b 0x4 0x6) . Renuka gets her second. It was a frustrated shot by Gunaratne as she swung her bat but missed the ball completely which resulted in the dismantling of the off stump.
Renuka to back to bowl the fifth over
Sri Lanka 7/1 in 4 overs: Good running between Gunaratne and Athapaththu as they take a quick single. A huge shout for caught behind by Meghna Singh but Athapaththu survives.
Meghna Singh back for her second over
Sri Lanka 5/1 in 3 overs: Off the mark- Gunaratne gets her first runs as she works the ball through square leg to get a couple. Renuka finishes the over with a dot- another good over by Thakur.
Renuka Thakur back for her second over
Sri Lanka 3/1 in 2 overs: Athapaththu gets off the mark with a couple of runs. She found the gap but the ball did not ave enough power to reach the ropes.
A lengthy review going on right now -as to whether
Athapaththu’s shot went straight to the slip fielder or the ball took a bounce.
NOT OUT! After a long reviewing process, the third umpire says it was a bump ball.
Athapaththu is safe.
Meghna Singh to bowl the second over
Sri Lanka 1/1 in 1 over: A good start by Renuka, bowling three dots on the trot.
OUT! Hasini Perera b Renuka Singh 0 (4b 0x4 0x6). There was a big gap between bat and pad. What a start by Thakur.
Renuka Thakur willl take the new bowl. Hasini Perera and Vishmi Gunaratne, the debutant, to open the batting.
10:00 am: AND WE ARE UNDERWAY!!
9:45 am: Full teams for today’s match!!
9:40 am: Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu on batting first!!
09:31 am: TOSS!!
India Women captain Harmanpreet Kaur wins the toss and chooses to bowl.
9:12 am: Head-to-head record (Last five matches)
The Indian women’s cricket team would look for some stability from its top-order, especially openers, as the visitors aim to seal the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in the second game here on Monday.
Despite the comfortable win, the Indian think tank would be a little concerned about the opening pair of vice-captain
Smriti Mandhana and young Shafali Verma.
Both the batters have got a few runs but have not been able to translate them into big scores.
The duo has failed to build a decent partnership in the tour so far, denying the team from electrifying starts which it is known for.
And both Mandhana and Verma would be gunning for a big score with just two matches remaining in the tour.
Harmanpreet Kaur, on the other hand, seems to be relishing her role, scoring runs and providing breakthroughs with her part-time off-spin.
The Indian bowlers, especially the slower ones, are simply enjoying the low and slow Sri Lankan tracks and have played a crucial role in the team’s victories on the tour Right-arm medium pacer Renuka Singh excelled with figures of 3 for 29, however, it was Deepti Sharma’s (3/25) off-breaks that broke Sri Lanka’s backbone and restricted the hosts to 171 all out in the first ODI.
While the Indian bowlers have excelled on the tour, the batters have been plagued by inconsistencies.
Verma, once again, squandered a promising start as the top order crumbled while chasing a modest total in the opening ODI.
The middle order comprising the likes of Harmanpreet, Harleen Deol, Deepti, who showed her all-round capabilities and Pooja Vastrakar bailed India out in the opener.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would hope skipper Chamari Athapaththu can inspire the side with the bat after a relative poor show so far.
The likes of opener Hasini Perera, Harshitha Samarawickrama and Nilakshi de Silva have batted well but need to stitch partnerships.
On the bowling front, left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera has shone bright but will need more support from her colleagues.
Sri Lanka lost the ODI series against Pakistan last month and would look to avoid a second consecutive series loss in the format.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia (wk), S Meghana, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Simran Bahadur, Richa Ghosh (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Harleen Deol.
Sri Lanka: Chamari Athapaththu (c), Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Vishmi Gunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Hansima Karunaratne, Achini Kulasuriya, Sugandika Kumari, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Oshadi Ranasinghe Inoka Ranaweera, Sathya Sandeepani, Anushka Sanjeewani, Malsha Shehani,Tharika Sewwandi.
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