Rodrigues stars with 76 in India’s convincing win


India Girls 150 for six (Rodrigues 76, Harmanpreet 33, Ranasinghe 3-32) beat Sri Lanka Girls 109 (Perera 30, Samarawickrama 26, Hemalatha 3-15, Vastrakar 2-12) by 41 runs

It was a welcome return for Jemimah Rodrigues to the nationwide aspect as her T20I profession greatest 76, together with a 92-run partnership with captain Harmanpreet Kaur, adopted by a stifling present by the bowlers helped India start their Girls’s T20 Asia Cup marketing campaign with a 41-run win over Sri Lanka on the Sylhet Worldwide Cricket Stadium.

India had been scoring at underneath a run-a-ball earlier than Rodrigues and Harmanpreet bought collectively and helped India add 83 within the ten overs after the powerplay. Nonetheless, with Harmanpreet’s fall, India solely managed to attain 35 runs for the final of 4 wickets, bringing again the theme that noticed them narrowly miss the gold medal on the Commonwealth Video games earlier this 12 months.

However India’s spinners stored the strain on, particularly on the face of an attacking begin, to assist the runners-up of the 2018 version come up triumphs.

Rodrigues, Harmanpreet regular the ship
Opting to discipline, Sri Lanka began with the left-arm-right-arm spin duo of Sugandika Kumari and Oshadi Ranasinghe, very like they did through the house sequence in opposition to India in June. Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana’s try to interrupt free didn’t bear fruit as each of them fell holing out inside 4 overs.

Rodrigues and Harmanpreet took time to get their eye in, with Achini Kulasuriya’s first over – the penultimate of the powerplay – going for only one. However Rodrigues started the assault, driving Kumari for 2 fours within the closing over of the fielding restrictions. She then meted out an identical remedy to Kulasuriya in her subsequent earlier than taking two extra fours off offspinner Malsha Shehani.

Spinners set off regular fall
Quickly, Rodrigues introduced up her eighth half-century within the format following which the pair started shifting gears. Nonetheless, with the temperature in Sylhet hovering, it bought to Harmanpreet, who needed to be tended to by the physio – and she or he was off the sphere through the chase with Mandhana calling the pictures within the center – after which was stumped off Ranasinghe a ball after she was dropped and parried over for six.

Rodrigues then managed a couple of hits, together with a change hit off Inoka Ranaweera earlier than a swipe throughout the road ended her keep within the center. After that, India’s finish fizzled away as they added solely 16 off the final 14 balls.

Samarawickrama’s fluent begin
Chasing 151, Harshitha Samawickrama was off to a fast begin, taking three fours off the opening over bowled by Renuka Singh, participant of the match in India’s final ODI at Lord’s. She then used her toes effectively to belt Sneh Rana’s offspin again over her head.

Although Deepti Sharma had managed to work Chamari Athapaththu out and dismiss her, Samarawickrama discovered an ally in Shehani, who got here out all weapons blazing. Sri Lanka had raced to 39 for 1 in 5 overs.

Two run-outs flip the tide
Shehani then tried to steal a fast single by enjoying the ball with delicate fingers in the direction of the off aspect, just for Deepti to swoop in rapidly from backward level and fireplace a direct hit on the bowler’s finish to catch the batter quick. A few overs later, Samarawickrama’s ball-watching led to a horrible mix-up and resulted in her dismissal.

From 48 for 3, Sri Lanka had been decreased to 61 for five with Pooja Vastrakar putting twice. Radha then trapped Anushka Sanjeewani lbw earlier than Dayalan Hemalatha picked three fast wickets to hasten the top.

S Sudarshanan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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