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India Women vs Sri Lanka Women, Highlights, ICC Women's T20 World Cup: Shafali, Radha power India to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka

Date: Saturday, 29 February, 2020 12:38 IST

Venue: Junction Oval, Melbourne

Match Ended

India Women beat Sri Lanka Women by 7 wickets

113/9 OV : (20.0) RR.(5.65)
116/3 OV : (14.4) RR.(8.06)
Match Ended:

India Women beat Sri Lanka Women by 7 wickets

Man Of the Match:

This over 14.4

  • 1
  • 1
  • 1
  • 4


Jemimah Rodrigues

  • 15 (15)
  • 4s X 1
  • 6s X 0

Deepti Sharma

  • 15 (13)
  • 4s X 2
  • 6s X 0


Udeshika Prabodhani

  • 13 (4)
  • M X 0
  • W X 1

Shashikala Siriwardene

  • 42 (4)
  • M X 0
  • W X 1
Current Partnership Last Wicket

28 ( 4.0 ) R/R: 7

Deepti Sharma 15(13)

Jemimah Rodrigues 13(11)

88/3 (10.4 over)

Shafali Verma 47 (34) SR: S.R (138.24)

run out (Hansima Karunaratne)

ICC Women Match 14 Match Result India Women beat Sri Lanka Women by 7 wickets

India Women vs Sri Lanka Women, Highlights, ICC Women's T20 World Cup: Shafali, Radha power India to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka


12:38 (IST)

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12:35 (IST)

The Indian spinners, this time led by Radha Yadav, once again set up an easy win for India after tying Sri Lanka down to 113 runs in 20 overs in the first innings and then in the chase it was the usual suspect, Shafali Verma, who came out swinging in her typical style and took the match away. The Lankans didn't grab their chances in the field, which was paramount while defending a low score, but alas they put down Verma a couple of times and allowing her to play her strokes and from thereon there was no coming back. They suffered their third defeat in as many as games, while India on the contrast have completed all their group games with a win.

12:30 (IST)

Harmanpreet Kaur, India captain: It is very important to continue to the momentum when you are winning games. You really work hard, so you can't afford to lose that momentum. I think they understood the wicket very well. You can't bowl same pace and lengths on these wickets, so you need to keep rotating the bowlers. Today I tried to be positive and got some boundaries. In the upcoming games I'll try to give my best.  She [Verma] is someone who loves to play big shots and we don't want to stop her and if she is enjoying and that is cricket, if you are enjoying then continue doing it.

12:26 (IST)

Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu: I think that the total was not enough on this wicket. We dropped a few chances, especially of Shafali Verma and we couldn’t stop her ultimately. I wanted to stay there till the 17th or 18th over but it was not to be. We hope our batting unit steps up in our next game against Bangladesh.

12:19 (IST)

Radha: I was just thinking to bowl stump-to-stump and keep it simple. As a bowling unit we did really well and hope we continue to do that in the semis. I was thinking of bowling stump-to-stump and nothing else. She (Poonam Yadav) is a legend [laughs].

12:18 (IST)

Radha Yadav for her 4/23 is named Player of the Match

12:14 (IST)

That's it! India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets. Easy win for Harmanpreet Kaur-led side in Melbourne as they make it four wins out of four matches to top Group A.

India will enter the semi-finals as the only team that is yet to experience a defeat.

India 116/3 in 14.4 overs, ( Jemimah Rodrigues 15 , Deepti Sharma 15)

Deepti Sharma with the winning runs as she bends and deploys a sweep towards backward square leg fence.

12:12 (IST)

After 14 overs,India Women 109/3 ( Jemimah Rodrigues 13 , Deepti Sharma 10)

Jemimah must thank her stars to still be out there in the middle after the Sri Lankan captain put down an absolute sitter after she chipped it mid wicket. Formalities remaining, just four more runs needed.

12:08 (IST)

After 13 overs,India Women 104/3 ( Jemimah Rodrigues 10 , Deepti Sharma 8)

Rodrigues collects her first boundary of the innings as India procure nine risk-free runs to trickle down the required number of runs in single digits. They just need nine more to maintain their 100 % win record in group stages.

12:07 (IST)

FOUR! That's a delightful stroke from Jemimah! Leads with her head, leans into the textbook cover drive, plays it into the gap and takes India past the 100-run mark

12:06 (IST)

After 12 overs,India Women 95/3 ( Jemimah Rodrigues 3 , Deepti Sharma 6)

Dilhari is back into the attack. She does get the ball to turn and bounce a touch to create doubts in the mind of the batswomen. Deepti earns a boundary as India close in on 100-run mark.

Need 18 to win.

12:04 (IST)

FOUR! Deepti Sharma goes low her knees and drags the ball to wide long on boundary to pick up her first boundary.

12:01 (IST)

After 11 overs,India Women 89/3 ( Jemimah Rodrigues 2 , Deepti Sharma 1)

Some relief for Sri Lanka, even though it has come belatedly for them as they finally see the back of Shafali Verma. Deepti Sharma is the new player to come out to bat. Rodrigues is also new to the crease but the task ahead of them is barely challenging. 

India require 24 runs off 54 balls.

11:59 (IST)

OUT! Shafali Verma falls agonisingly short of a well-deserved half-century and what will hurt her is the mode of her dismissal. Jemimah bunts towards mid-on and sets off for a run. Shafali was ambling across the pitch however, both Rodrigues and Verma were about to collide mid pitch, which led to further issues and didn't have enough time to recover, change her path and slide her bat into the crease. Top knock, tame finish.

Shafali Verma run out (Madavi/Anushka Sanjeewani) 47(34)

11:54 (IST)

After 10 overs,India Women 86/2 ( Shafali Verma 46 , Jemimah Rodrigues 1)

A boundary to start the over, followed by couple of wides and then finally Sri Lanka taste some success as they snuff out Harmanpreet Kaur's wicket. Jemimah Rodrigues comes out to bat and is off the mark with a single, Verma is across her stumps again to pull the ball towards long leg, but fails to connect but the keeper was ducking and taken her eyes off the ball to stop it from running away for four byes.

India need 27 more runs to win

11:54 (IST)

OUT! Harmanpreet Kaur perishes, searching for a big one down the ground, the Indian captain swipes but was never quite close to the pitch of the ball to play the shot and hence she gets the height but not the distance. Caught at long on. 

Kaur c Hansima Karunaratne b Siriwardene 15(14)

11:52 (IST)

FOUR! To counter Siriwardene's slow pace, Verma jumps across her stumps, in fact she has gone behind the stumps to pull the ball to long leg fence.

11:50 (IST)

After 9 overs,India Women 74/1 ( Shafali Verma 41 , Harmanpreet Kaur (C) 15)

Kavisha Dilhari is introduced into the attack and Verma thrashes her first delivery to cover fence. A good comeback after the initial boundary, giving away just three runs off the next four balls.

11:50 (IST)

FOUR! Short in length and Verma she thrashes it powerfully through the covers for another boundary, right at the start of the over.

11:48 (IST)

After 8 overs,India Women 67/1 ( Shafali Verma 34 , Harmanpreet Kaur (C) 15)

Harmanpreet Kaur now gets a chance to free her arms and unleash some of her shots. Athapaththu taken to the cleaners from her opposite number, the over costs 15 runs.

11:46 (IST)

FOUR! Kaur huffles across her wickets and slog sweeps it to mid wicket boundary. That's three boundaries in a row.

11:45 (IST)

SIX! More trouble for Lankan bowlers! A full toss not helping their cause as Kaur pulls to send the ball sailing over backward square fence for a six.

11:44 (IST)

FOUR! That is nicely done by the captain! Width on offer and Kaur cuts through backward point. In the gap and that's the first boundary for Kaur.

11:42 (IST)

After 7 overs,India Women 52/1 ( Shafali Verma 33 , Harmanpreet Kaur (C) 1)

Prabodhani lines up a tidy over as Kaur looks to get her eye in. Only three singles came from the over as India cross the 50-run mark.

11:42 (IST)

After 6 overs,India Women 49/1 ( Shafali Verma 31 , Harmanpreet Kaur (C) 0)

Verma takes full advantage of the last over of the fielding restrictions, smacking a couple of boundaries along with a maximum. India on the cusp of fifty and are fast running away with the game. Siriwardene's first over is carted for 15 runs.

11:40 (IST)

FOUR! She's in the zone now! Down the pitch and even though the ball is bowled wider and she doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, she goes after it and gets enough meat to send the ball to long off fence.

11:39 (IST)

SIX! The Shafali show is on! Flighted delivery and slightly fuller in length too, Verma launches it straight over the long off boundary. Cleared the fence with consummate ease.

11:37 (IST)

FOUR! How good is that!! Shafali Verma sees the ball is dropped slightly short and rocks on her back foot and then somehow creates enough power to blast it over mid-off. Couple of bounces and into the fence.

11:36 (IST)

After 5 overs,India Women 34/1 ( Shafali Verma 16 , Harmanpreet Kaur (C) 0)

Prabodhani is back into the attack and she claims the first wicket for the Lankans. Mandhana's poor tournament continues. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur has promoted herself to come out and bat at number three.

11:34 (IST)

OUT! Prabodhani provides the first breakthrough for Sri Lanka! Kavisha Dilhari ensures she holds on to the catch this time around and Mandhana has to make the walk back to the pavilion. The ball was pitched up and Mandhana this time preferring to go over mid on, doesn't get the timing or the elevation right, ends up skewing a catch to the mid on fielder.

Mandhana c Kavisha Dilhari b Prabodhani 17(12)

11:31 (IST)

After 4 overs,India Women 33/0 ( Shafali Verma 15 , Smriti Mandhana 17)

Chamari Athapaththu brings herself into the attack. In what was shaping out to be a good quiet over is ruined with a boundary off the final ball of the over to spoil it for Sri Lanka.

11:31 (IST)

FOUR! Mandhana once again targets the long off fence, she gets one in the range outside the off stump and she has lifted this very wide to the right of the mid off fielder.

11:29 (IST)

After 3 overs,India Women 27/0 ( Shafali Verma 14 , Smriti Mandhana 12)

After Verma, Mandhana, joins the fun, lifting couple of boundaries to the long off region. Earlier in the over, Verma was again dropped by Sandeepani off her own bowling. Her first over costs 11 runs. India are off to a flier!

11:27 (IST)

FOUR! Successive fours for the left-hander. She has hit this one on wide of the mid off fielder, giving no chance. India are in a hurry.

11:24 (IST)

FOUR! Mandhana comes down the track and just gets it over the mid off fielder. There were cries of 'catch it' and the fielder was certainly in play, but the ball just out of grasp. First boundary for Mandhana.

11:22 (IST)

After 2 overs,India Women 16/0 ( Shafali Verma 13 , Smriti Mandhana 2)

Shashikala Siriwardene to share the new ball. Mandhana skews one off the outside edge that fortunately for her bounces a couple of times before the short third man fielder, giving her time to change ends. However, Sri Lanka have a massive moment early in the match with the opportunity of sending Verma back in the pavilion but the extra cover fielder puts down a rather simple chance, she might have been distracted with the fielder from cover-point crossing her eyeline but it should have been still taken. Verma was never going to look back as she pummels couple of boundaries in the over.

11:20 (IST)

FOUR! Shafali shimmes down the wicket and lifts it just over the leaping mid off fielder. Risky, but this is how she plays and it has come off in the tournament so far and it is still coming good.

11:19 (IST)

FOUR! Shafali Verma shuffles across the stumps, bends low and pulls it fiercely through mid wicket for her second boundary of the innings.

11:18 (IST)

After 1 overs,India Women 6/0 ( Shafali Verma 5 , Smriti Mandhana 1)

Quality shot first up from Verma to get herself and India underway, caressing a drive through covers. She turns the strike over with a single off the fourth ball. Mandhana, too, is off the mark with a nice looking drive through covers, but with protection available in the deep, it is kept down to a single.

11:15 (IST)

FOUR! Shafali and India are away! Floaty half-volley outside off and Shafali is up and running with a stylish cover-drive to the boundary. That's the shot of a player in form! No stopping that.

11:13 (IST)

Time for the chase!

Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma amble out to the middle. The latter will be on strike and will be aiming to extend her in-form run, while Mandhana, on the other hand, would be hoping to get some valuable time and runs out in the middle before the business end of the tournament.

Left-arm swing bowler, Udeshika Prabodani, is ready with the ball in hand. The wicket-keeper is up to the stumps.

11:02 (IST)

After 20 overs,Sri Lanka Women 113/9 ( Kavisha Dilhari 25 , Udeshika Prabodhani 2)

The responsibility of the last over has been given to pacer Shikha Pandey. Pandey cleans up Sandeepani on the first ball of the over.The keeper drops Prabodhani , who got an outside edge while playing a cut on the second delivery. Ends her over with a length ball and gets smacked for a four by Kavisha Dilhari. Sri Lanka have managed to put 113/9 on the board. India will be happy, they did well to contain the Lankans. 

10:58 (IST)

FOUR! A boundary of the last ball of Sri Lanka's innings from the blade of Kavisha Dilhari, who smacked the ball towards long-on. 

10:58 (IST)

Out! Shikha Pandey bowling wicket to wicket there. Sandeepani just trying to run it down to third man but misses. 

Sandeepani b Shikha Pandey 0(1)

10:55 (IST)

After 19 overs,Sri Lanka Women 104/8 ( Kavisha Dilhari 18 , )

Poonam Yadav into the attack and she hasn't picked up a wicket so far. That's strange going by the lofty standards she's set for herself. Poonam tosses up the first two deliveries and concedes a single each from them. The batters are trying to get the big shots in but the pitch is slow and it isn't coming on to the bat that well. She removes Nilakshi de Silva on the last ball of the over. Finally a wicket for Poonam. Five runs and a wicket in the over. 

10:53 (IST)

OUT! Beautifully tossed up delivery from Poonam, Nilakshi looking to go over mid wicket for a biggie. But there was no timing on that one and the ball went straight to skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. 

Nilakshi de Silva c Kaur b Poonam Yadav 8(12)

10:48 (IST)

After 18 overs,Sri Lanka Women 99/7 ( Nilakshi de Silva 7 , Kavisha Dilhari 14)

Deepti Sharma comes in to bowl her last over. Starts off with two good length deliveries outside off that spun into the batter. Excellent fielding by Harmanpreet Kaur at covers. Indians are giving it their all in the fielding department here. Six runs off the over. 

10:47 (IST)

Consecutive Women’s T20Is where a bowler picked up atleast a wicket:

23 - Radha Yadav*
23 - Megan Schutt

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician
10:47 (IST)
10:44 (IST)

After 17 overs,Sri Lanka Women 93/7 ( Nilakshi de Silva 5 , Kavisha Dilhari 10)

Shikha Pandey comes in to bowl the 17th over. The keeper has been called up — an attempt to put pressure on the batter. Pandey strays in her line and length on the second ball of the over and she concedes a four. Nine runs from the over. 

10:42 (IST)

Four! Shikha erring in her length, that was down the leg side and Kavisha Dilhari scoops it towards the fine leg fence. 

Latest Updates, ICC Women's T20 World Cup, India Women vs Sri Lanka WomenThat's it! India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets. Easy win for Harmanpreet Kaur-led side in Melbourne as they make it four wins out of four matches to top Group A.India will enter the semi-finals as the only team that is yet to experience a defeat.Deepti Sharma with the winning runs as she bends and deploys a sweep towards backward square leg fence.

Preview: India will look to continue their winning run when they take on Sri Lanka in their final Group A match in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The Indians are on a roll, having sealed their semi-final berth with wins over defending champions Australia (by 17 runs), Bangladesh (by 18 runs) and New Zealand (by 4 runs).

The clash will be inconsequential as the Lankans are already out of the semi-final race, having lost in both their previous outings — against New Zealand (by 7 wickets) and Australia (by 5 wickets).

India have plenty of positives going into Saturday’s clash. Playing quick-fire knocks of 29, 39 and 46, 16-year-old Shafali Verma has looked in good touch and got India off to flying starts in their previous games. Meanwhile, Poonam Yadav has bamboozled the batswomen with her leg-spin, picking up eight wickets so far. The middle order-batting, however, remains an area of concern.

A defeat wouldn’t do any damage to the Indians. However, knowing this unit, they would still bring their A-game to finish the group stages on a high.


Updated Date: Feb 29, 2020