India v SL, Women's World Twenty20, Sylhet March 24, 2014

Patchy India lose to Sri Lanka by 22 runs

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Android on March 25, 2014, 14:20 GMT

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

  • Yohan 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 .

  • Android 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!

  • Roshan 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!

  • VIPIN on March 25, 2014, 4:17 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • 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.

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    lion girls come on...great win.

  • Cham 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

  • Madu 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

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