Sunday 26 January 2014
by John Pennington
Jhulan Goswami helped India score a nine-run win over Sri Lanka
International Cricket Council
India Women 127-8 (Prabodhani 3-16) beatSri Lanka Women 118-8 by 9 runsSecond Twenty20 International, Visakhapatnam
India Women levelled their Twenty20 International series with Sri Lanka Women by winning the second game in Visakhapatnam by nine runs.
Their victory in a low-scoring match was confirmed when they restricted Sri Lanka to 118 for eight having earlier made 127 for eight.
It sets up a decisive third match in two days time.
Just as they had in the first match, Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to field first and quickly had India in trouble by reducing them to 29 for four inside six overs.
Udeshika Prabodhani struck twice as Mithali Raj (12), VR Vanitha (6), Anagha Deshpande (6) and Harmanpreet Kaur (2) fell cheaply.
India’s fightback was instigated by Veda Krishnamurthy, who made 16 before Jhulan Goswami, Amita Sharma and Sonia Dabir all made 23 with the latter unbeaten.
Prabodhani removed Sharma to finish with three for 16 while Shashikala Siriwardene returned two for 24.
Sri Lanka also made a poor start and lost their openers cheaply to slip to 15 for two. Eshani Kaushalya was bowled by Goswami for four and Lasanthi Madushani failed to score before she was run out by Kaur.
Chamari Atapattu then made 40 in as many balls and while she was batting with Siriwardene (21) and then Yasoda Mendis (14), Sri Lanka looked as if they were on course to go 2-0 up.
However, from 83 for three, they lost their way as India, just as they had with the bat, fought back.
Atapattu was run out, Siriwardene was trapped in front by Sharma and Mendis caught by Vanitha off Rajeshwari Gaekwad.
96 for five soon turned into 97 for six when Sripali Weerakkody was run out by substitute Poonam Raut as Sri Lanka’s lower order was unable to finish off the run chase.
Four runs later Oshadi Runasinghe was caught by Goswami off Dabir for five and the fourth and final run out of the innings saw Anushka Sanjeewani out for four.
Chamari Polgompola (8 not out) and Prabodhani, who hit the only ball she faced for a six, tried gamely to get Sri Lanka over the line but losing a clutch of wickets – four for 18 in 3.2 overs in one spell – had by then ended their chances.
Goswami, Sharma, Dabir and Gaekwad took a wicket apiece.
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