Mansi Joshi, Mandhana lead India to facile win

India's ODI skipper Mithali Raj during a practice session.   -  V.V. Subrahmanyam

The Indian bowling attack, led by Manshi Joshi's three for 16, bundled Sri Lanka out for 98 after the host won the toss and chose to bat first. A target of 99 was never going to faze a strong Indian batting line-up and, led by Smriti Mandhana, the visitor overhauled the small target in 19.5 overs. India women go 1-0 up in the three-match series.


2.32 pm: India wins! Smriti Mandhana finds the fence to take India to victory by 9 wickets. She finishes unbeaten on 73 off 76 balls, Mithali Raj also remained unbeaten albeit without opening her account.

2.30 pm: Punam Raut has been dismissed for 24, but India now needs three runs for victory.

2.15 pm: India within touching distance now. At the end of 15 overs, India 81/0. Mandhana on 58 and Raut on 20 in the middle.

2.05 pm: At the end of 12 overs, India 70/0. India needs 29 runs to win.

1.55 pm: At the end of 10 overs, India 65/0. Smriti Mandhana has scored another half-century. She is on 51 (42 balls, 8x4, 2x6). India needs 34 more runs to win.

1.40 pm: The teams are out. India in pursuit of 56 more runs.

1.05 pm: Lunch break at Galle. India 43/0 with Smriti Mandhana on 31 (29 balls, 5x4, 1x6) and Punam Raut on 10 (13 balls, 1x4). India needs 56 more runs to win.

12.52 pm: India is off to a flying start. At the end of 5 overs, India is sitting pretty at 35/0. Smriti Mandhana has taken the Lankan attack to the cleaners with a 24-ball 28 (5 fours, 1 six) while Punam Raut is on 6 off 6 balls.

12.35 pm: The Indian openers — Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut — are out in the middle. The target is 99.

We will be back with the Indian chase, shortly.

12.22 pm: Just three Sri Lankan batters have managed double figures. Chamari Athapaththu 33, Dilano Manodara 12 and Sripali Weerakkody 26. For India, Mansi Joshi (3/16), Jhulan Goswami (2/13), Poonam Yadav (2/13) sizzle with the ball. Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Dayalan Hemalatha chip in with one wicket apiece.

12.20 pm: The Indian captain, fittingly, has the Sri Lankan innings closed. Sripali Weerakkody sends one to Mithali Raj, off Mansi Joshi. and has to walk back for 26 (32 balls). Sri Lanka is bundled out for 98 in 35.1 overs.

12.17 pm: At the end of 35 overs. Sri Lanka hanging on by a thread at 98/9.

12.06 pm: Hemalatha Dayalan picks up a wicket. Sugandika Kumari tries to work it down to the midwicket region but gets a leading edge and Hemalatha pouches it safe. Sri Lanka in tatters at 87/9 in 31.3 overs.

11.58 am: Udeshika Prabodhani's turn to take the long walk back. Jhulan Goswami strikes. Prabodhani picks Hemalatha Dayalan and is out for 1. Sri Lanka 80/8 in 30.1 overs. Can they reach the three-figure mark?

11.55 am: Deepti Sharma strikes. Chamari Athapaththu must be cross with herself for throwing away a start. She scored 33 off 93 balls. Sri Lanka slips to 78/7 in 29.5 overs.

11.43 am: Chamari Athapaththu (30 off 83) and Sripali Weerakkody have added 21 runs in 42 balls as Sri Lanka moves to 70/6 in 27 overs.

11.22 am: Six down! India on fire at Galle. Nilakshi de Silva tries to drive the ball past the bowler, Poonam Yadav, and ends up offering a straightforward catch. Poonam accepts with glee and Sri Lanka is 49/6 in 20 overs.

11.18 am: Half of the Sri Lankan side is back in the hut. Anushka Sanjeewani is the next to depart. She is out for 4 (16), caught by Jhulan Goswami off Poonam Yadav. Sri Lanka in deep trouble at 47/5 in 19.3 overs.

11.07 am: Just when we thought Sri Lanka was building a partnership, Rajeshwari Gayakwad strikes. She castles Dilani Manodara for 12 (19) and Sri Lanka in deep trouble at 37/4.

11.00 am: Chamari Athapaththu (11 off 45 balls) and Dilani Manodara (6 off 15 balls) have steadied the wobbling Sri Lankan ship. At the end of the 15 overs, Sri Lanka is 31/3. Mansi Joshi (2/16) and Jhulan Goswami (1/6) have picked up the three wickets.

10.41 am: Mansi Joshi strikes again. The wheels are coming off for Sri Lanka. Shashikala Siriwardene is caught by Smriti Mandhana for 1 (8). Sri Lanka 18/3 in 10 overs.

300 international wickets for Jhulan Goswami. What a player!

10.30 am: Jhulan Goswami strikes. Sri Lanka wobbling at 16/2. Nipuni Hansika tries to heave it behind square, gets an edge and Taniya Bhatia pouches her second catch. What a debut for the wicketkeeper. Hansika departs for 2 (11).

10.17 am: Mansi Joshi strikes. Weerakkody edges one and Bhatia, behind the wicket, makes no mistake. Sri Lanka 8/1 in 5.2 overs.

10.14 am: A slow start by Sri Lanka here. At the end of 5 overs, Sri Lanka has managed to crawl to 8/0.

9.50 am: A debut for Taniya Bhatia. India will be bowling first after Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat. Jhulan Goswami to start the proceedings for India. Chamari Athapaththu and Prasadani Weerakkody to open for Sri Lanka.

9.35 am: Veda Krishnamurthy, Shika Pandey, Jemimah Rodrigues and Ekta Bisht miss out today's game.

9.30 am: This is the team India is fielding today. Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Hemalatha Dayalan, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami and Manasi Joshi.


Here is the preview for the series.


Sri Lanka Women (From): Nipuni Hansika, Dilani Manodara, Chamari Athapaththu(c), Prasadani Weerakkody, Shashikala Siriwardene, Anushka Sanjeewani(w), Hasini Perera, Ama Kanchana, Sripali Weerakkody, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Nilakshi de Silva, Imalka Mendis, Udeshika Prabodhani and Kavisha Dilhari.

India Women (From): Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali Raj(c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia(w), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Mansi Joshi, Ekta Bisht and Dayalan Hemalatha.