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1st T20I, Dambulla, June 23, 2022, India Women tour of Sri Lanka
(20 ov, T:139) 104/5

IND Women won by 34 runs

Player Of The Match
36* (27)
Full commentary
end of over 2012 runs
SL-W: 104/5CRR: 5.20 
Kavisha Dilhari47 (49)
Anushka Sanjeewani10 (8)
Renuka Singh 4-0-25-0
Pooja Vastrakar 4-1-13-1

It was a clinical performance from the Indians, who have taken a 1-0 lead. Not long before the second T20I though, which will be held at the same venue on Saturday. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. We'll see you in a couple of days time. Till then, on behalf of S Sudarshanan and Ranjith P, this is me Ashish Pant signing off.

Jemimah Rodrigues is the Player of the Match : [On enjoying playing Sri Lanka] I don't know, it is more about the pitches. Where I stay in Mumbai, the pitches are slower and similar to Sri Lanka, so I am very used to to playing because from childhood I am playing in these conditions. I just applied my game, kept it simple and tried to play the same game. I love this country, it is a very beautiful country. It is a privilege for us to come here, even in all these times and get the facilities that we are getting and the love we are getting from the Sri Lanka board, it is a blessing to come here and play some cricket.

Harmanpreet Kaur: [On the match] Definitely, it is a part of the game, sometimes you plan something and that does not work the way you want it. But credit to players who believed in themselves to pull this game, especially Jemi [Jemimah Rodrigues], the way she batted, because we needed her at that time. And later on the bowlers did the job for us. [On areas to improve] As a unit, we definitely want to to utilise the first six overs, and we will look for that. Apart from that, everything was covered well. We were losing continuous wickets and next time, we will try to create more partnerships. Everything is great, and we are really enjoying our time here. Even with so much happening in the country, the people are still are very helpful. Today also they came to watch us and that is what you want. We are lucky that we can entertain them while playing and we are happy that we got the opportunity to play here.

Sri Lankan captain, Chamari Athapaththu first up: [Assessment of the game] We dropped a couple of catches, especially Harmanpreet's which were crucial. And the last over which Kavisha [Dilhari] bowled, that went for 20 runs, was also a reason. In the power play we were not batting our best, we played a lot of dot balls and did not score many boundaries. I think that is the reason we lost the match. [On chasing] The total was chaseable, but we had to stick with a plan and have to play positive cricket, otherwise we will not be able to chase that kind of a score.

Time for presentation.

5:08pm A disciplined bowling effort helps India win the first T20I by 34 runs and start the series on a high. The bowlers were on top of things right from the first over. Deepti struck first by getting rid of Vishmi Gunaratne for 1. Radha Yadav then got into the act striking twice in an over to break Sri Lanka's back. The innings limped thereon with none of the batters managing to clear the field. Sri Lanka only struck 12 fours in their entire innings, six of which were hit by Kavisha Dilhari, who finished on 47* off 49 balls. For India, Deepti was economical while Radha picked up two wickets. Harmanpreet wrung the changes well, using as many as seven bowlers.

Renuka Singh to Dilhari, 1 run

Excellent yorker to end the innings. She gets it right on the money and and all Dilhari can do is jam it towards the midwicket area as India take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Renuka Singh to Dilhari, FOUR runs

Top Shot! Length ball on middle stump, she leans back, gets on top of the ball and effortlessly lofts it over the extra cover fielder for a four.

Renuka Singh to Sanjeewani, 1 run

length ball on middle, she gets the sweep out and scythes to deep midwicket

Renuka Singh to Sanjeewani, FOUR runs

gives herself room to the very full delivery, gets an inside edge to the right of short fine leg as the ball travels to the fence quickly

Renuka Singh to Sanjeewani, 2 runs

wayward delivery down the leg, she gets a fine tickle as the keeper misses and the two scamper for a brace.

Renuka Singh to Sanjeewani, no run

short and wide outside off, she opens the face of the bat but finds point

Renuka, who bowled the first over, will also bowl the last

end of over 196 runs
SL-W: 92/5CRR: 4.84 RRR: 47.00 • Need 47 runs from 6b
Anushka Sanjeewani3 (4)
Kavisha Dilhari42 (47)
Pooja Vastrakar 4-1-13-1
Shafali Verma 2-0-10-1
Vastrakar to Sanjeewani, 1 run

fuller outside off, she keeps her shape and drives to deep cover

Vastrakar to Dilhari, 1 run

Looks for a lap sweep but the slower off cutter means that she can only get it as far as short fine leg

Vastrakar to Sanjeewani, 1 run

A strange looking shot to the length ball outside off. Almost a sweep as the ball travels meekly to deep midwicket

Vastrakar to Dilhari, 1 leg bye

Another yorker attempted. The batter looks to flick, misses and gets rapped on the pads. A bit of an appeal from the bowler but that was going down leg.

Vastrakar to Sanjeewani, 1 run

Slower, very high full toss outside off. She can only slap it to deep cover.

Vastrakar to Dilhari, 1 run

Very full outside off, she squeezes it to point and the duo collect a run

Pooja Vastrakar to bowl

end of over 187 runs • 1 wicket
SL-W: 86/5CRR: 4.77 RRR: 26.50 • Need 53 runs from 12b
Anushka Sanjeewani0 (1)
Kavisha Dilhari40 (44)
Shafali Verma 2-0-10-1
Radha Yadav 4-0-22-2
Shafali Verma to Sanjeewani, no run

slightly flatter outside off, she opens the face of the bat and guides it to short third man. She sets off for a run but is sent back by her partner.

Shafali Verma to Kanchana, OUT

Gets down the track, misses and there goes another wicket! Ghosh got lucky there, I must add. Tossed up outside off, Kanchana goes for a hack and misses. Ghosh misses too but recovers in time to whip off the bails and catches the batter short.

Ama Kanchana st †Ghosh b Shafali Verma 11 (22m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100
Shafali Verma to Dilhari, 1 run

full outside off, she tried the loft again but gets too close to the ball and finds mid-off on the bounce. Ouch! The ball hits the fielder flush on the knee. That would have hurt.

Shafali Verma to Kanchana, 1 run

full on middle stump, she stays in her crease and sweeps it wide of deep square leg

Shafali Verma to Kanchana, FOUR runs

length ball outside off, she skips down the track., reaches the pitch of it and lofts it over the mid-off fielder's head. Excellent timing on that.

Shafali Verma to Dilhari, 1 run

Fuller outside off, driven firmly to deep cover

end of over 178 runs
SL-W: 79/4CRR: 4.64 RRR: 20.00 • Need 60 runs from 18b
Kavisha Dilhari38 (42)
Ama Kanchana6 (8)
Radha Yadav 4-0-22-2
Harmanpreet Kaur 2-0-17-0
Yadav to Dilhari, 1 run

another slog sweep attempted, she gets it to deep midwicket

Yadav to Dilhari, no run

flatter outside off, goes for the sweep, does not connect and is rapped on the pads. Stifle appeal but the impact was outside off.

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