India Women v Sri Lanka Women, 3rd T20I, Ranchi February 26, 2016

India spinners set up nine-wicket thrashing

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India Women 91 for 1 (Mandhana 43*, Vanitha 34) beat Sri Lanka Women 89 for 9 (Lokusuriyage 25*, Bisht 3-17) by nine wickets
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File photo - Ekta Bisht led a solid bowling performance for India © West Indies Cricket Board

India Women's spinners stifled the Sri Lanka Women batting, squeezing them to 89 for 9 in their 20 overs, before the top three knocked off the target in 13.5 overs to complete a nine-wicket thumping in the third T20I in Ranchi. The win secured a 3-0 series sweep for India.

Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht was the standout bowler for India, claiming 3 for 17 in her four overs, while offspinners Anuja Patil and Deepti Sharma took 3 for 30 in eight overs between them. In a good team effort, all of India's bowlers except Poonam Yadav kept their economy rates below 5.

After opting to bat, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start, losing Oshadi Ranasinghe fourth ball, before captain Shashikala Siriwardene was run out four balls later. A 33-run partnership between Nipuni Hansika and Chamari Atapattu provided Sri Lanka respite, but it was brief - when Bisht had Hansika stumped off the first ball of the tenth over, it opened a passage of play in which five wickets fell for 11 runs in 5.3 overs.

An eighth-wicket partnership of 39 off 29 balls between Eshani Lokusuriyage and Ama Kanchana then steered the tourists to their final total of 89 for 9.

India made light work of the chase, as openers Vellaswamy Vanitha and Smriti Mandhana put on 64 in 8.4 overs. Vanitha's dismissal was Sri Lanka's only success with the ball; Veda Krishnamurthy joined Mandhana to knock off the remaining 26 runs with 37 balls to spare.

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  • Musty on February 26, 2016, 22:40 GMT

    Indian cricketmen and women are good at spin balling

  • Ashok on February 26, 2016, 19:37 GMT

    Second successive sweep- in ODI + T20! SL need to invest some funds to improve the Cricket standard of their Women's team. Congrats to India for a great series sweep. It has confirmed that India has good quality of spinners + pace in bowlers to put up a strong show against any team in the world. In addition India has world class batsmen in Raj, Mandhana, Kaur, Kamini & others. It is well balanced team which can match any of the top ones - Australia, England, SA & NZ. Gone are the days when these 4 teams assumed they rule the rankings. If Indian Women win the WC T20 this year, it will be another feather in their cap. That should be the first target for Cricket dominance. Good Luck India.

  • exhil on February 26, 2016, 15:19 GMT

    The SL women's cricket team needs complete overhaul of its managers ,coaches & players who look stagnant & stale. Over to the new Board for immediate steps.

  • AMIT on February 26, 2016, 13:39 GMT

    Watched Smriti Mandana batting in Australia and following women's match here has confirmed one thing for sure that a swashbuckling batsman has arrived for Indian Women... Keep the good work going gals... All the best.... for upcoming natches ..

  • Arun on February 26, 2016, 12:08 GMT

    Hearty congrats Team India

  • Shaheen on February 26, 2016, 10:51 GMT

    Congrats girls....keep it up

  • Rajeev on February 26, 2016, 10:35 GMT

    After good show in Australia, very good show, keep it up, we are following you closely.

  • Shijith on February 26, 2016, 10:13 GMT

    Well done Smriti, Mithali, Anuja, Poonam, Ekta for your super performances and all the best for the rest. Great preparation for the world cup.

  •   Venkateshwar Rangala on February 26, 2016, 8:23 GMT

    Congratulations Team India. Way to Go!

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