Harmanpreet, Rodrigues, spinners make it 4-0 for India

India women 156 (Harmanpreet 63, Rodrigues 46, Siriwardene 3-19, Priyadharshani 3-24) won Sri Lanka women 105 (Sanjeewani 29, Poonam 3-18) for 51 races [19659002] Harmanpreet Kaur pivots to throw a shot Getty Images

Indian women completed a dominant tour of Sri Lanka with a 51-race victory in the final T20I in Katunayake. The victory meant that India won the series 4-0, with the second game in Colombo being eliminated. They also won the previous ODI series of three matches 2-1.

At first, the Sri Lankan bowlers validated their captain Chamari Atapattu's decision to go out first by discarding India's starters, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj, within the first five overs to reduce them to 30 for 2. That left the responsibility in the form Jemimah Rodrigues, arriving at the match in the back of successive half centuries, to repair the tickets, and she once again did the job, joining hands with Captain Harmanpreet Kaur to put 75 for the third wicket. However, once Sri Lanka found a way past the duo, with Rodrigues' opening for 46, the end was fast as India lost its last eight wickets for 51 races. Harmanpreet was the eighth batter fired, for 63 of 38 balls, one inning that contained three four and five sixes. As was the case when Sri Lanka hit, the spinners did most of the damage, with the duo of Shashikala Siriwardene and Inoshi Priyadarshini catching three fields each.

Sri Lanka lost Atapattu in the fourth ball of his pursuit and never fully recovered. Anushka Sanjeewani (29), Siriwardene (22) and Oshadi Ranasinghe (22) had the beginning, but Sri Lanka needed them to stay and lead the persecution. The hosts also did not help themselves with three seeded heads, including Priyadarshini, who was the last batter fired because Sri Lanka crashed against 105. Poonam Yadav was the most successful bowler, winning 3 of 18 in four overs . Deepti Sharma, who opened the bowls, and Radha Yadav took two wickets each of her three respective overs.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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