Indian women crush Sri Lanka by 51 runs to clinch series 4-0

Katunayake : Indian women ended their tour of Sri Lanka in style with a comprehensive 51-run win against the hosts in the fifth and final T20 International here on Tuesday. India thus clinched the series 4-0 with the second match being abandoned due to rain.

Batting first, India scored a commendable 156 in 18.3 overs with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur smashing her way to 63 off 38 balls. Her innings comprised three fours and five huge sixes.

Jemimah Rodrigues contributed 46 off 31 balls with six boundaries and a six.

Sri Lanka were all out for 105 in 17.4 overs with leg spinner Poonam Yadav being the pick of the bowlers with 3-18 in four overs. Off-spinner Deepti Sharma and left-arm spinner Radha Yadav also chipped in with two wickets apiece. The T20 series has all about Jemimah’s coming of age performance for the senior side. Her sequence of scores in the T20 series is —- 36, 57, 52 not out and 46.

During this match, along with her skipper, she added 75 runs in 7.1 over before a batting collapse hit India. Save the duo and ODI captain Mithali Raj (12), none of the others could reach double figures. Off-spinners Shashikala Siriwardene (3-19) and Priyadarshini Fernando (3-24) were the wreckers in chief. However, Harmanpreet’s power hitting got India past 150-run mark.

Sri Lanka were never in the chase and their end came swiftly with last five wickets falling for only 11 runs. They were all out for 105.

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