India women secure 9-wicket win over SL Women
September 12, 2018
India put in an excellent all-round display to coast to a nine-wicket victory in the opening one-day international of the ICC Women’s Championship clash against Sri Lanka Women in Galle today.
The star of the match was Smriti Mandhana, who scored a 76-ball 73* to help India chase down the target inside 20 overs.
This after Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 98 after opting to bat, with Jhulan Goswami, the veteran pacer, getting to 300 international wickets with returns of 2/13 in eight overs.
Mansi Joshi was the pick among the Indian bowlers, though, returning 3/16 in just 6.1 overs with her medium-pace, in what was her first game back after being sidelined with a knee issue.
The victory helped India jump one spot to No.5 in the IWC table, pushing the Windies down to sixth. Sri Lanka had very few positives, but the batting of Chamari Athapaththu was one of them.
Even as wickets fell all around her, the Sri Lanka captain hung around for a 93-ball 33, and finally found support when Sripali Weerakkody arrived for the seventh wicket.