Sri Lanka beat India, get consolation win

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Mon, 27/06/2022
Chamari Athapaththu
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Sri Lanka beat India for the first time in a T20I on home soil, at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium, by seven wickets. Opting to bat, India could put up a mere 138/5; Sri Lanka took only 17 overs to finish the match. Despite the win, however, India won the series 2-1.

Sri Lanka's chase was led by captain Chamari Athapaththu, who remained unbeaten on a 48-ball 80, an innings that included 14 fours and a six. Athapaththu added 77 for the third wicket with Nilakshi de Silva (30 in 28 balls) to set up the chase. Renuka Singh (4-0-27-1) and Radha Yadav (4-0-41-1) were the only Indian bowlers to take wickets.

Earlier, India lost their way in the Powerplay overs, meandering to 37/1 against Sugandika Kumari (4-0-28-1), Ama Kanchana (4-0-22-1), and Oshadi Ranasinghe (3-0-13-1). Smriti Mandhana and S. Meghana scored 22 apiece, but took 21 and 26 balls for that. Harmanpreet Kaur (39* in 33 balls) and Jemimah Rodrigues (33 in 30) saved their onslaught for too late, and it was only Pooja Vastrakar's 6-ball unbeaten 13 that took them to a fighting total.

Brief scores

India 138/5 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 39*; Oshadi Ranasinghe 1-13) lost to Sri Lanka 141/3 in 17 overs (Chamari Athapaththu 80*; Renuka Singh 1-27) by 7 wickets with 18 balls to spare. Player of the Match: Chamari Athapaththu.

India won the series 2-1. Player of the Series: Harmanpreet Kaur.