India v SL, Women's World Twenty20, Sylhet

Patchy India lose to Sri Lanka by 22 runs

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 24, 2014

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Sri Lanka Women 128 for 8 (Atapattu 43, Yadav 2-20) beat India Women 106 for 9 (Pandey 22, Prabodhani 2-9) by 22 runs

A poor batting performance from India Women saw them lose their opening game of the World Twenty20 against Sri Lanka Women by 22 runs, after their bowlers did well to restrict the opposition to 128.

India lost Smriti Mandhana in the second over and were always struggling for impetus in their innings. Like Sri Lanka, only three of their top six batsmen managed to score at more than a run-a-ball but the difference between the sides was that India's run-scoring in the latter stages of their innings slumped due to wickets. Mithali Raj did not have a great start in her new role at the top of the order, scoring 16 off 23 balls. Jhulan Goswami promoted to No 4 also failed to add any momentum to the innings and by the halfway stage, India were 57 for 3 with the required run rate over 7.

Sri Lanka struck in successive overs between the 16th and 19th, putting an end to any hopes India had of a late flourish. Udeshika Prabodhani was the pick of the bowlers with miserly figures of 2 for 9 in her four overs.

Earlier, India's bowlers did well to stifle partnerships as Sri Lanka were restricted to 128. The most substantial stands of their innings were 29 and 31 for the third and fourth wickets respectively and opener Chamari Atapattu was involved in both. Her 44-ball 43 anchored the early part of Sri Lanka's innings and the side was given a push at the end by Eshani Lokusuriyage, who hit 34 off 29 balls.

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Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

mmmmm.... looks like year 2014... belongs to lions.........

Posted by yohandf on (March 25, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

Well done SL girls . don t be over confident . instead you need to be courageous to beat either Eng or WI to qualify second round . you can do it . Go Lioness Go .

Posted by android_user on (March 25, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

@visualdp, spot on bro! some ppl can't digest others victory and show how poor their mind set is! (there r few sl fans too behave like that - I doubt this herath-UK fellow is really a SL). In this kind of online forums many can pretend to be someone else or something else. Girls good work. but keep the head cool and focused to perform well in other matches too!

Posted by rshan on (March 25, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

Well played girls. Don't be over confident of this win. Continue to focus and be positive and don't worry of the oppositions strength. Good luck and all the best for the remaining games!

Posted by vipinchirackal on (March 25, 2014, 4:17 GMT)

so many comment about a woment20 match!!!!ha ha ha....

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 3:35 GMT)

Indian ship is sinking. The over rated hype is weighing on it & the results are right before us to see.

Posted by Udendra on (March 25, 2014, 3:33 GMT)

Wow, well played SL girls. Everyone is talking about SL's thrashing of Netherlands but not about this. Great win.

Posted by   on (March 25, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

lion girls come on...great win.

Posted by Uppercut07 on (March 25, 2014, 1:26 GMT)

"patchy india"???? They lost to SL in India 2-0 very recently. Learn to give credit to other teams, other than India

Posted by Tweety20 on (March 24, 2014, 23:37 GMT)

WOW! great win lion ladies...keep up the good performance and hopefully we can reach further in the tournament.JAYASRI

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 22:45 GMT)

People with short memories or little understanding of cricket. These are the same big hittesr who won the 2012 cup .Half of the teams in the competition have lost their opening match.Remember Australia and India are the favourites to win the competition.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 21:59 GMT)

Congrats to Lankans. They have really improved in matter or few years. Advice to Mithali Raj - You must rotate strike. Taking single on fourth ball of an over creates pressure on other girls.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 21:58 GMT)

Good day for the Sri Lankans - Sri Lanka girls winning and Sri Lanka men setting world records, again!

Well played, boys and girls! :)

Posted by   on (March 24, 2014, 21:18 GMT)

A tremendous double-act by the Sri Lankans - in this instance the Lionesses did extremely well to beat the Indian Women. Psychologically, have helped their male counterparts -- should Sri Lanka meet up with India in the Final.

Keeping in mind too, Sri Lankan Lions' already beat them in a ''Friendly''. Well done, Lionesses -- you'll have given yourselves too a great ''psychological'' advantage for the upcoming Matches! How proud Our Blessed Motherland must be feeling !

Seem as though, the Lions and Lionesses of Lanka have temporarily chased away all the Tigers of Bangladesh and taken over -- until the 6th or 7th of April 2014 -- when hopefully, one of them will be raising the Worlp Cup Trophy - or perhaps even BOTH !!!

Posted by surgeon101 on (March 24, 2014, 21:08 GMT)

well done! keep going...if u can beat india you can beat any team

Posted by wapuser on (March 24, 2014, 20:57 GMT)

Last time we gave them 50/50.w.c. go ladies go . over the fence. .

Posted by Saman23 on (March 24, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan I am happy about this victory.@ Herath-UK please stop bringing down other is so un-Sri lankan,it's not within the spirit of any sport....and if other teams defeat us you will have to eat your own words.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 24, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

When i saw u . I got the feeling like what 96 wc winners were .. Surely u will make a big difference near future . Love u all

Posted by slackers11 on (March 24, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

Only kind of cricket in which SL has a chance against India.

Posted by yohandf on (March 24, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

Well done girls . this is not a fluke . You beat india recently concluded T20 series too. congrats girls . you have made huge improvement recently .

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 24, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

Great win by Lankan girls showing what vast strides they have made recently.They won a bilateral series too in india so've shown their grip over the poor indians in no uncertain manner.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 24, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lankan girls! Keep working hard! Dream big! Never give up!

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