SL Women vs Ind Women: After a consolation win with some brilliance from Athapaththu, the series moves to a longer white-ball format. For India, there is a huge change with Mithali Raj retiring from international Cricket after leading India for so many years. They will have a new ODI captain for the first time since 2005. This series is also India’s first in ODIs after their disappointing World Cup campaign. They have also looked past Jhulan Goswami. With India moving ahead from Goswami and Mithali Raj, this series begins a new era for the Women’s team.
Match: SL Women vs Ind Women
Date: 1st July 2022
Time: 10:00 AM IST
Venue: Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium
There is a lot of rain in the forecast and looking at the report, a full SL Women vs Ind Wome game seems unlikely.
The pitches used in Australia vs Sri Lanka men’s series were slow and soft. If the pitches remain the same, a lot of spins will be likely and batting first will be a better option.
Chamari Athapaththu (c), Hasini Perera, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Hansima Karunaratne, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya.
Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Harleen Deol, Richa Ghosh (wk), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav, Renuka Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
India is playing their first ODI in a long time without Mithali Raj, barring the occasions where she was injured or rested. In her place, Harleen Deol is likely to come into the side.
Harleen Deol shot to fame with a wonderful effort in the field last year. Her batting form though saw her miss out on a spot in the Indian team for a while. She is now back though, and her youthful energy may be what India need to play some positive Cricket in the upcoming games.
Chamari Athapaththu carried Sri Lanka to a consolation win in the T20Is. She is a talented batter but with little support from her side. Despite the lack of support, she will have to dig deep if she is to carry her team to another win.
Ind women are coming with a strong and settled line-up. They have all the bases covered to play on a slow track and are full of experience, giving them an advantage, given the quality they possess.
Match Prediction: India Women win the match