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|Nilakshi de Silva||2||3||0||0||66.67|
|Nilakshi de Silva||1.0||0||20||0||20.00|
India registered yet another victory in the ongoing T20I series against Bangladesh to clinch the series 3-0 with one game to go. It was yet another one-sided affair as Indian chased down the target with seven wickets in hand and more than an over to spare. India and Sri Lanka women will meet each other for one final time in the series on Tuesday, 25th Septemeber at Katunayake. While India have won the series and may opt to test their bench strength, Sri Lankan women are likely to go in all guns blazing into the match to redeem a consolation win in the final match of the tour.
In a rain-curtailed game, Sri Lanka did not get off to a start they wanted but gradually got into a good position. Chamari Athapaththu played a decent knock of 31 consuming just 26 deliveries and Siriwardene accompanied here brilliantly with her 40-run innings. Athapaththu departed after the duo completed 52-run stand and Siriwardene was later dismissed by Deepti Sharma.
Sri Lankan could not launch the late assault they were hoping for with Indian spinners being deadly accurate. Sri Lanka could score only 25 runs in their last 20 deliveries and they eventually fell short by 10-15 runs from the total they wanted on the board.
Sri Lanka needed to start well by picking up early wickets and they did exactly that. They picked up Mandhana, Mithali Raj, and Harmanpreet Kaur for not much on the board, but thanks to poor middle overs bowling, they could not get any further as India chased down the target of 135 with no other dismissal.
Chamari Atapattu, Rebeca Vandort, Eshani Lokusuriyage, Kavisha Dilhari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardene, Nilakshi de Silva, Inoshi Priyadharshani, Yasoda Mendis, Sripali Weerakkody.
Indian women have been very clinical and fluent in the series which was evident in the last match as well. Despite being down and out with 41 for 3, Jemimiah Rodrigues and Anuja Patil shared an important 96-run stand to guide India to a comfortable victory. Rodrigues has been in excellent form in this series which she continued by hammering an unbeaten half-century. Anuja Patil, too, was unbeaten and scored 54 off just 42 delivers as they led India to yet another win.
Anuja Patil was India's star with the ball as well as she sent three Sri Lankan players back in the pavilion for 36 runs. Those wickets came at important junctures of the game, just when the Sri Lankan women were looking to launch an attack at the Indian bowlers. With Siriwardene and Athapththu set, Indian spinners strangled the Lankans well which eventually led to the dismissal of Siriwardene. The death bowling, too, was phenomenal as Indians choked the flow of runs and boundaries dried up for Sri Lanka in the last three overs.
Overall, India have done exceedingly well in the tournament so far with all departments contributing heavily. We may see a couple of changes in the lineup should India choose to test their bench-strength. Regardless of that, India will be a tough team to get past just as we've seen in the last few days.
Mithali Raj, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav.
While Sri Lanka did manage to put up an improved performance in the last match, it was still a long way off as compared to what was required to beat in-form India. Sri Lanka are certainly capable of defeating India, but they'd have to play out of their skins, considering the form the two teams are in. With the better team on paper and better performance in the tour so far, Indian women go in as firm favorites to win the upcoming fixtures once again.