Harmanpreet Kaur was in fantastic form as he led Sri Lanka to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their second T20I on Saturday.
Heroine Harmanpreet Kaur led the Indian women’s cricket team by both bat and ball in a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second T20I against Sri Lanka on Saturday. With the help of Upanayaki Smriti Mandhana (39 off 34 balls), Shefali Verma (17 off 10 balls) and Sabbineni Meghna (17 off 10 balls), India chased down the target of 126 in 19.1 overs.
India fell into a comfortable run chase before Harmanpreet took India home with an unbeaten 31 off 32 balls. Sri Lanka were off to a good start by posting less than 125 for seven. The third and final T20 will be held on Monday.
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It was a day to remember for Mandana, who became the second Indian woman to reach 2,000 T20 runs. Mandana became the third Indian woman to reach this feat in her 84th innings after Mithali Raj (70 innings) and defending heroine Harmanpreet Kaur (88 innings).
First chosen to bat, captain Chamari Atapattu (43 off 41 balls) and Vishwami Gunaratne (45 off 50 balls) gave India an ideal start for Sri Lanka, taking the bowlers to the cleaners.
The pair put Sri Lanka’s best starting position (87) in the T20s for the Indians to rally around.
However, when both Attapattu and Gunaratne departed, it was a regrettable situation for Sri Lanka, as they lost wickets, managed only a minimal amount.
Deepti Sharma (2/34 in 4 overs) was obviously the best bowler, but he helped bring the ball back to India like Radha Yadav and Pooja Vastrakar.
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