Young Jemimah Rodrigues scored a blistering half-century as Indian women registered a comfortable five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third T20I of the ongoing five-match series in Colombo on Saturday. With the win, India now enjoy an unassailable 2-0 lead with the second encounter being a washout.
Chasing 132, the Indian eves rode on the power-packed 40-ball 57 knock from Rodrigues who anchored the chase with six boundaries and two huge sixes adding 53 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (24). The two sixes came off pacers — one off Udeshika Prabodhani and other off Sreepali Weerakoddy. Rodrigues had scored 36 in the first T20
While Harmanpreet and Rodrigues were both dismissed in the same over by Chamari Atapattu, India didn’t panic with only 19 runs to get. Veda Krishnamurthy (11 no) and Anuja Patil (8 no) completed the chase without much difficulty. It was Patil, who hit a boundary off Prabodhani, to bring up their second win in the series.
Earlier opting to field, India restricted the islanders to 131/8 with Shashikala Siriwardene (35) and Nilakshi de Silva (31) being the chief contributors. India comfortably chased down the target in 18.2 overs. For India, rookie medium-pacer Arundhati Reddy kept things tight with figures of 2/19 in four overs. Harmanpreet also chipped in with a couple of wickets in the penultimate over.
The two teams will now face each in the fourth T20I on Monday
(With PTI inputs)