Jemimah Rodrigues slammed yet another brilliant half century to help India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the rain-hit fourth T20I of the five-match series at the Colombo Cricket Club Ground on Monday.
Chasing a stiff target of 135 in 17 overs, Rodrigues played an unbeaten knock of 52 which was studded with 5 fours and 2 sixes to take India home. She was well supported by Anuja Patil who also remained unbeaten at 54 (42 balls, 7 fours).
Earlier, after being put into bat, the hosts put up a total of 134-5. Chamari Atapattu (31 in 26 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) and Shashikala Siriwardene (40 in 32, 3 fours, 1 six) led the charge, with a 52-run third-wicket stand. The partnership was ended by Radha Yadav had Atapattu stumped.
Siriwardene later holed out to Veda Krishnamurthy off Deepti Sharma. The Indian spinners did a fantastic job towards the end, not allowing Nilakshi de Silva and Eshani Lokusuriyage easy runs. Only 25 were scored in 20 balls since Siriwardene fell.
In reply, Indian eves did not have a great start as Smriti Mandhana got out with the team having just 17 runs on the board. Skipper Mithali Raj also could not stay longer and got out after scoring 11 runs. At 41-3, Indian eves were left in a spot of bother. However, Rodrigues and Anuja shared an unbeaten 96-run stand to help the team register a rather convincing win.
With the win, India have clinched the five-match series with a game to go. The two teams will now lock horns in the final T20I to be played on Tuesday at Katunayake