The Indian eves started off their ODI campaign against their Sri Lankan counterparts with a confident 107-run win in Ranchi.
After having been put to bat first by the Lankans, who elected to field after having won the toss, the Indians amassed a total of 245 for the loss of six wickets at the end of their 50 overs. Opener Smriti Mandhana piled 55 runs, and was amply supported by skipper Mithali Raj, who added 49 runs and Harmanpreet Kaur, who made 50 runs. The ability to maintain partnerships was key – and the biggest difference – between the two sides.
The Sri Lankan captain Shashikala Siriwardene and Udeshika Prabodhani picked two wickets each, while Ama Kanchana and Nilakshi de Silva picked a wicket apiece.
The Lankan chase stuttered right at the start as Shikha Pandey removed opener Chamari Atapattu with the score reading only one run in the second ball of the second over. The other opener, Prasadani Weerakkody, put up a good fight and made 69 runs before she was out in the 38th over. Despite Weerakkody’s efforts, at the other end, she kept losing partners at the other end that caused a lot of problems in the Lankan chase. Following the loss of Weerakkody’s wicket, the Lankan score read 126 for five wickets. The last five wickets however fell for just 12 runs as the Lankans collapsed to 138 runs all out.
Poonam Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers picking 4/22 in the 7.2 overs she bowled. Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad picked two wickets each, while Shikha Pandey had one wicket. For her 59-run contribution, Smriti Mandhana was acknowledged as player of the match.
The next ODI will be played on Wednesday, 17th February, while the last ODI will be played on Friday. Both matches will be played in Ranchi as the first ODI.