INDW vs SLW ODI: India beats Sri Lanka by 4 wickets!

Sinchan Saha

Modified Jul 1, 2022 5:24 PM IST

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INDW vs SLW ODI Day 1: India overcame a middle-order collapse to seal a four-wicket win in the series opening first ODI against Sri Lanka on Friday.

INDW vs SLW ODI Day 1 (Image Source: sportsadda.com)

Renuka Singh and Deepti Sharma shared six wickets as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 171 in 48.2 overs. The attention  goes to the ODI series, which additionally denotes the first since Mithali Raj reported her retirement from the sport recently.

Nilakshi de Silva top-scored for the hosts with 43. In reply, India lost two wickets badly yet the duo of Shafali Varma and chief Harmanpreet Kaur drove a strong recuperation before Sri Lanka hit back through Inoka Ranaweera who wrapped up with four wickets. 

Harmanpreet top-scored with 44. Sri Lanka reduced India to 138/6 preceding Deepti and Pooja Vastrakar sewed an unbeaten stand of 38 to take them over the line.

Topped with a six. They were dealing in singles before however Pooja Vastrakar has had enough as she slams two sixes in an over of Oshadi Ranasinghe – the second took India over the line. The guests finish with 176/6 as they record a brazen four-wicket win after a middle-order collapse. They have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

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Lankans have missed the mark today. Yet, don’t go by the scorecard. They made the Indians sweat a little. Indian bowlers worked effectively and that ensured the hiccups during the chase wasn’t felt a lot. India have a lead and want to consolidate that in matches to come. 

India looked for a spot of trouble toward the beginning however at that point Harman and Verma got together. What’s more, after that Harleen Deol likewise added a couple of runs. Also, Vastrakar and Deepti Sharma put the last little details.

India could have been more clinical as they would prefer. SL fought hard notwithstanding setting up a below par total. The wicket was a touch on the slower side and that didn’t help the players by any means.

“I can bat in any position which the team demands. Today we had to focus on partnerships and that’s what we did. It’s not an easy wicket, turns a lot and we had to focus until the end. Pooja is a hard-hitter and she did really well in the partnership.”

Deepti Sharma, Player of the Match