RESULT
1st ODI, Pallekele, July 01, 2022, India Women tour of Sri Lanka
(38/50 ov, T:172) 176/6

IND Women won by 4 wickets (with 72 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
22* (41) & 3/25
deepti-sharma
Match centre 
Scores: Ranjith P
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Comms: Sunaadh Sagar and Sreshth Shah
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka Women 171/10(48.2 overs)
India Women 176/6(38 overs)
end of over 3815 runs
IND-W: 176/6CRR: 4.63 
Pooja Vastrakar21 (19)
Deepti Sharma22 (41)
Oshadi Ranasinghe 8-1-34-2
Kavisha Dilhari 7-0-33-0

A nervy performance from the Indians, who take a 1-0 lead. Not long before the second ODI though, which will be held at the same venue on Monday, the 4th of July. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. We'll see you in a few days. Till then, on behalf of my fellow commentator, Sreshth Shah, and our scorer, Ranjith P, this is me, Sunaadh Sagar signing off.

Deepti Sharma, Player of the Match: I can bat in any position which the team demands. Today we had to focus on partnerships and that's what we did. It's not an easy wicket, turns a lot and we had to focus until the end. Pooja is a hard-hitter and she did really well in the partnership.

Chamari Athapaththu, Sri Lanka captain: Not a good start. We lost 50 runs, we're not batting our best, that's why we lost. 230 is a good score on this wicket. Shafali batted really well - we have to stick to our plans and bat out all the overs. Inoka Ranaweera is our no.1 bowler and most experienced - she did well. We'll try to bounce back in the next game

Harmanpreet Kaur, India captain: Enjoying myself, especially when you keep getting runs. Winning is important for us and I'm happy we ended up doing all we wanted to do. We want to work on partnerships and we're happy that we got small partnerships today - we want bigger partnerships in the next game. If you have someone who can bowl... I love to give Harleen and Shafali a chance - they did a great job and we would love to see them bowl in the future. Sri Lankan spinners were quite good, no easy runs and they fought well.

Time for the presentation.

Bala: "Probably Chamari wanted to protect Ranasinghe against the attack from Pooja, but did not realise that a mis-hit could have brought back SL back into the game."

Srividhya: "Seemed to be an off-day for Chamari both on her batting and captaincy front."

4:30pm A fairly competent batting performance from India then, as they chased down 172 on a tricky pitch. Smriti Mandhana and Yastika Bhatia fell early, but Shafali Verma kept things ticking over alongside Harmanpreet Kaur. The Indian captain and Harleen Deol put on a crucial 62-run partnership after the fall of the Shafali, racking up the runs at a fast clip.

Inoka Ranaweera claimed Kaur for a well-paced 44, and picked off Deol soon after for 34, thus causing consternation in what had seemed a fairly comfortable chase until that point. The Lankan spinner grabbed her fourth with Richa Ghosh's wicket with just 34 to get and four wickets left.

However, Deepti Sharma and Pooja Vastrakar held their nerve to see the innings through and giving India the victory with 12 overs to spare.

37.6
6
Ranasinghe to Vastrakar, SIX runs

Finishes off in style! Pooja Vastrakar dances down the track once more and connects beautifully, lofting it over the mid-wicket boundary for a massive six. India win by four wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three match series.

37.5
1
Ranasinghe to Sharma, 1 run

Tucked away on the leg side

37.4
Ranasinghe to Sharma, no run

Pitched outside off and she chases it, driving it towards cover

37.3
1
Ranasinghe to Vastrakar, 1 run

Short, well outside off and she rocks back and cuts it away towards cover

37.2
Ranasinghe to Vastrakar, no run

Tucked away towards square leg

37.1
6
Ranasinghe to Vastrakar, SIX runs

What a shot! Vastrakar dances down the track and slams one straight down the pitch, over the bowler's head for a maximum.

37.1
1nb
Ranasinghe to Vastrakar, (no ball)

Defended off the back-foot. It's a no ball for not maintaining field restrictions

Ranasinghe back into the attack. Too little, too late?

Bala: "The going has been tough and one more wicket is what SL needed to get back into the game strongly. Holding back Ranasinghe the strike bowler does not spell any logic from the SL viewpoint."

end of over 375 runs
IND-W: 161/6CRR: 4.35 RRR: 0.84 • Need 11 from 13 overs
Deepti Sharma21 (39)
Pooja Vastrakar8 (14)
Kavisha Dilhari 7-0-33-0
Rashmi Silva 6-0-30-0
36.6
Dilhari to Sharma, no run

Defended off the front foot

36.5
1
Dilhari to Vastrakar, 1 run

Floated outside off and flicks it away towards deep mid-wicket

36.4
1
Dilhari to Sharma, 1 run

Fuller at the leg stump and she sweeps it right to the fielder at deep square leg

36.3
Dilhari to Sharma, no run

A watchful defence off the backfoot

36.2
1
Dilhari to Vastrakar, 1 run

Short and outside off and she cuts it behind the wicket on the backfoot with some soft hands.

36.2
1w
Dilhari to Vastrakar, 1 wide

Pitched on leg and goes wide

36.1
1
Dilhari to Sharma, 1 run

Floated outside off and driven through a packed off-side to find the fielder in the deep

end of over 364 runs
IND-W: 156/6CRR: 4.33 RRR: 1.14 • Need 16 from 14 overs
Pooja Vastrakar6 (12)
Deepti Sharma19 (35)
Rashmi Silva 6-0-30-0
Kavisha Dilhari 6-0-28-0
35.6
de Silva to Vastrakar, no run

Tossed up on middle stump and defended towards the off side.

35.5
1
de Silva to Sharma, 1 run

Shorter and at the pads and tucked away behind on the leg side as the batters steal a single

35.4
de Silva to Sharma, no run

Tossed up at middle stump and driven back to the bowler

35.3
2
de Silva to Sharma, 2 runs

Swept away behind backward square leg, with Ranaweera doing well to prevent a boundary.

35.2
de Silva to Sharma, no run

Floated, pitching outside off and she dances down the track but can only find the fielder at mid-on

35.1
1
de Silva to Vastrakar, 1 run

Short, well outside off and Vastrakar eschews the gift, hammering the ball right to the fielder at deep cover

Ranasinghe still confusingly out of the attack. Rashmi to continue

EshanHarryNz: "I thought this game would be done and dusted like SL men's game. Kudos to SL women for hanging in there. "

Best performances - batters
H Kaur
H Kaur IND-W
44 runs (63)
3 fours0 six
Control
81%
Productive shot
off drive
7 runs
1 four0 six
05852856
NND de Silva
NND de Silva SL-W
43 runs (63)
4 fours0 six
Control
71%
Productive shot
sweep shot
10 runs
1 four0 six
711174076
Best performances - bowlers
I Ranaweera
I Ranaweera SL-W
O
10
M
0
R
39
W
4
ECO
3.9
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
DB Sharma
DB Sharma IND-W
O
8.2
M
1
R
25
W
3
ECO
3
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossSri Lanka Women, elected to bat first
Series
Season2022
Player Of The Match
IND Women
Deepti Sharma
Series resultIndia Women led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberWODI no. 1281
Match days1 July 2022 - day (50-over match)
WODI debut
Rashmi Silva
Rashmi Silva
Umpires
Sri Lanka
Prageeth Rambukwella
Sri Lanka
Ranmore Martinesz
TV Umpire
Sri Lanka
Lyndon Hannibal
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka
Pradeep Udawatta
Match Referee
Sri Lanka
Graeme Labrooy
PointsIndia Women 2, Sri Lanka Women 0
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