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.
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.
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.
length ball on middle, she gets the sweep out and scythes to deep midwicket
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
wayward delivery down the leg, she gets a fine tickle as the keeper misses and the two scamper for a brace.
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
fuller outside off, she keeps her shape and drives to deep cover
Looks for a lap sweep but the slower off cutter means that she can only get it as far as short fine leg
A strange looking shot to the length ball outside off. Almost a sweep as the ball travels meekly to deep midwicket
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.
Slower, very high full toss outside off. She can only slap it to deep cover.
Very full outside off, she squeezes it to point and the duo collect a run
Pooja Vastrakar to bowl
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.
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.
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.
full on middle stump, she stays in her crease and sweeps it wide of deep square leg
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.
Fuller outside off, driven firmly to deep cover
another slog sweep attempted, she gets it to deep midwicket
flatter outside off, goes for the sweep, does not connect and is rapped on the pads. Stifle appeal but the impact was outside off.
|Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium|
|Toss||India Women, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||India Women led the 3-match series 1-0|
|Match number||WT20I no. 1145|
|Match days||23 June 2022 - day (20-over match)|