Twitter Reactions: Bowlers shine as India take 1-0 lead with convincing win
India won by four wickets and 12 overs to spare.
Updated - Jul 1, 2022 5:50 pm
The Sri Lankan team hosted the Indian team for the first of the three-match ODI series at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele. Both teams were in good form as India had won the T20I series against the hosts by 2-1, whereas the hosts were backed by a victory from their last T20I of the series, which they won very comfortably. But India took the upper hand yet again, winning by four wickets and 12 overs to spare.
Even after losing the toss, India performed admirably with the white ball, outplaying the hosts. The Indian women transformed a batter’s field into a bowler’s utopia by deploying eight bowlers in the game, with captain Harmanpreet Kaur doing an excellent job of combining quick bowling and spin regularly.
The pacers had to depend more on variations because of the extremely slow wicket, as the spin attack fared much better. India capitalized on the advantage and dished out Sri Lanka cheaply in the first innings. They got an early breakthrough when Renuka Singh picked Sri Lankan skipper Chamari Athapaththu (2 off 8), while Deepti Sharma sent Hansima Karunaratne back soon for a duck.
A composed partnership between Hasini Perera (37 off 54) and Harshitha Madavi (28 off 54) came to an end when the former fell LBW to Deepti Sharma. Deadly middle-order batter Kavisha Dilhari was dismissed for a duck by the Indian skipper as the visitors took a sigh of relief. After Perera, Nilakshi de Silva (43 off 63) tried to build the innings but the bowlers kept picking wickets at regular intervals as Sri Lanka were cleaned up for 171 runs in the 49th over.
Indian batters struggle, but finish off the chase before time
The chase was not as easy as it looked for India. Sri Lanka’s Oshadi Ranasinghe gave a terrific start to the hosts as she picked top-order batters Smriti Mandhana (4 off 7) and Yastika Bhatia (1 off 8) in the first two overs that she bowled. Shafali Verma (35 off 40) put up a decent show with the bat as she added 44 runs for the third-wicket partnership alongside skipper Kaur before getting out.
The middle-order batters took the responsibility to anchor the innings and chase down the par total. Kaur (44 off 63) and Harleen Deol (34 off 40) added 62 runs for the fourth-wicket stand and kept the game going, thereby cutting the chase short. The partnership was broken by Inoka Ranaweera, who dismissed them both to provide the required breakthroughs.
India faced a few hiccups during the chase after Kaur and Deol were dismissed and the batters could not capitalize on the momentum that the duo had set. Deepti Sharma (22* off 41) and Vastrakar (21* off 19) took the game forward very slowly before the latter finished off the chase in the 38th over with a brilliant six as India took a 1-0 lead in the ODI series.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
India have now lost five or more wickets under 138 runs in each of their four games on the tour of Sri Lanka so far.
Against a well-rounded spin attack in unsurprisingly spin-friendly conditions, India continue to look for a convincing batting performance as a team.#SLWvsINDW
— Annesha Ghosh (@ghosh_annesha) July 1, 2022
Indian (W) beat Sri Lankan ( W ) by Four wickets in the first Odi.
India chase 176 runs and get the target in 38 Overs.
Deepti Sharma performed from bat & ball both.
She scored crucial unbeaten 22*(41) Run & taken 3/25 .
Captain Harmanpreet kaur top Scorer of 44 run.#SLvIND pic.twitter.com/zHO12BWjTW
— Surinder (@navsurani) July 1, 2022
Deepti Sharma Post-match PC 1st ODI:
— Women’s CricZone (@WomensCricZone) July 1, 2022
💥🏏 SPINNING A WEB! Deepti Sharma was splendid with the ball today. She ended her spell with a well-deserved 3️⃣fer.
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) July 1, 2022
Pooja Vastrakar wins the match with a 6️⃣!
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) July 1, 2022
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 1, 2022
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) July 1, 2022