After yesterday’s shocking loss, India was up against Sri Lanka for day #5 of the 2018 Women’s Asia Cup. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first.

Sri Lanka lost an early wicket to India – at 3.6 overs, Nipun Manage was dismissed stumped by Taniya Bhatia off Ekta Bisht for 2. Hasini Withanage took over the innings with Yashodha Mendis and scored 46 runs in the first 10 overs.

Wicket-fall after wicket-fall. Poonam took her first wicket at 10.3 overs and dismissed Yashodha for 27. The 14th over saw two more wickets to India; dismissing Nilakshika Silva for 7 at 13.2 and Malsha Gamachchige for 1 at 13.5. Ekta then took out the fifth batsman at 14.4 overs - Shashikala Siriwardana dismissed run out for 2, leaving Sri Lanka with 77 for 5.

Hasini swung a boundary-four at 15.2 overs and another at 16.1 overs, bringing the team up to 88 runs. At 16.3 overs, India took their 6th wicket – Rebeka Vandort dismissed caught by Taniya off Jhulan Goswami for 3. Anushka Meegama batted next and immediately swung a four off her first bowl.

The 18th over saw another dismissal, this time Anuja Patil bowled Anushka Meegama out for 5, leaving Sri Lanka at 96 for 7. Hasini and Oshadhi Ranasinghe batted their way to the last bowl, ending Sri Lanka’s innings with 107 for 7.

Player of the Match: Anuja Patil (India)

India opened their innings with Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana, that landed India 20 runs by the 5th over. Smriti was dismissed at 5.2 overs by Oshadhi Ranasinghe for 12. Harmanpreet Kaur took her place and swung a four at 7.6 overs. The following over saw another four for India, from Mithali Raj that brought the score up to 44 for 1.

Mithali was dismissed at 11.2 overs for 23 by Nilakshika Silva, leaving India with 55 for 2. At 11.6 overs, Harmanpreet delivered another four, followed by Veda Krishnamurthy’s four in the 13th over. 7 overs to go and India was just 38 runs away from winning.

Sri Lanka held off as much as they could – at 13.3 overs, Harmanpreet was dismissed caught by Oshadhi off Udeshika Kaluwa for 24. Veda fought back with a four at the end of the over. With a quarter of the innings left, India needed just 29 more to outrun their opponents.

After a boundary and a few more single runs from Veda and Anuja Patil, India ended their chase with Veda’s final four at 18.5 overs – scoring them their 110th run with 7 wickets to spare.

ACC WOMEN'S ASIA CUP T20 2018: Thu 7 June

India vs Sri Lanka at Royal Selangor Club
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat
Sri Lanka: 107 for 7 off 20 overs (H.Withanage 46*)
India: 110 for 3 off 18.5 overs
Player of the Match: Anuja Patil (India)

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Photos by Vincent Phoon
Filed June 7th, 2018