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Indian women lose to Lanka

Sylhet: India put up a listless batting display to suffer a 22-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in their opening Group B match of the Women’s World T20, here on Monday.

Asked to bowl first after losing the toss, the Indian bowlers did a reasonable job to restrict Sri Lanka to a modest 128 for eight.

In reply, India lost wickets at regular intervals to make a heavy weather of the chase and eventually finished at 106 for nine, thereby falling short by 22 runs at the Sylhet Stadium.

Four Indian players — Shikha Pandey (22), Harmanpreet Kaur (17), captain Mithali Raj (16) and Jhulan Goswami (11) — reached double digit scores, but their efforts were not enough to take the team home.

For the Lankans, left-arm pacer Udeshika Prabodhani (2/9), left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera (2/18) and off-spinner Maduri Samuddika (2/20) did the bulk of the damage, sharing six wickets between them to rock India’s chase.

Earlier, Chamari Jayangani scored a vital 43 and Eshani Lokusuriyage smashed a quickfire 34 to lay the foundation for Sri Lanka’s total.

Opening the batting, Jayangani played sensibly and held one end up as wickets continued to tumble from the other.

Jayagani scored her runs off 44 balls with the help of five fours, while Lokusuriyage laced her 29-ball knock with four boundaries.

Apart from the duo, Yasoda Mendis and Chamari Polgampola made identical scores of 13 for the islanders.

For India, leg-break bowler Poonam Yadav picked up two wickets for 20 runs.