India Women v Sri Lanka Women, 1st T20I, Ranchi February 22, 2016

Anuja Patil's cameo, three-for sinks Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff

India Women 130 for 6 (Kaur 36, Mandhana 35, Anuja 22*, Kumari 3-28) beat Sri Lanka Women 96 for 7 (Surangika 41, Anuja 3-14) by 34 runs

File photo - Anuja Patil (left) starred both with the bat and ball © Getty Images

Anuja Patil produced a cameo with the bat to lift India Women to 130 and then struck three times with the ball to apply the chokehold on Sri Lanka Women's chase in Ranchi. Her all-round effort sent India 1-0 up in the three-match T20 series.

Anuja struck in the first over of the chase, removing Yasoda Mendis for 8. She soon dismissed the other opener, Chamari Atapattu, for a seven-ball duck. Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma all built on the early strikes and ensured that Sri Lanka were limited to 96 for 7 in 20 overs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Dilani Manodara made the only score of note - 41 off 44 balls. The next-best score was captain Shashikala Siriwardene's 18 off 29 balls. Each of India's bowlers boasted an economy rate of under 5.80. Anuja finished with career-best figures of 3 for 14.

Earlier in the day, India's top order stuttered as well as the hosts were reduced to 15 for 2 within four overs. But the innings was stabilised by thirties from Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur. Anuja, coming in at No.6, hit three fours during her 17-ball 22 to provide the final flourish.

Left-arm spinner Sugandika Kumari, who accounted for the top three, was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka. However, it only offered scant consolation for the visitors.

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  • AMIT on February 23, 2016, 8:35 GMT

    @pk_express, considering their present form even 1 player of the opposing team would be equal to 2 players for the SL team. Hence to quote your words "They are struggling because other teams play with 22 players against SL."

  • S on February 22, 2016, 17:28 GMT

    @CRKT4EVR - They are struggling because other teams play with 14 players against SL

  • Ashok on February 22, 2016, 14:55 GMT

    Mandhana & Kaur once again gave India a flying start after the openers failed. Patil finished the Indian innings with a flourish. It is good to see at least 2 of the top 4 bats scoring at a brisk pace which is key to winning. That carried India into unassailable position as the SL team could not muster more than 96 in 20 overs. Patil & Sharma with their off spinners did most of the damage. India played this match without Goswami & Gayakwad, 2 of their star bowlers. This gives India 4-0 vs. SL, in ODI series + one T20. Well done India ! Keep up the winning streak before the WC to boost the team confidence.

  • mahesh on February 22, 2016, 10:07 GMT

    SL teams(both men and women) are struggling and seem tooo below par for intl cricket (except for over the top comments from sl fans)

  • gnanavelu on February 22, 2016, 9:09 GMT

    Are the Indian women playing really well or the poor lankans making it appear so?

  • Altaf on February 22, 2016, 8:39 GMT

    Congratulations......Team India !!

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