The Indian women's cricket team played a dominant role in recording a nine-field victory against Sri Lanka in the opening match of One-day International (ODI) on Tuesday in Galle. Winning the draw, Sri Lanka opted to hit and were defeated by a measly 98. The veteran pacemaker Jhulan Goswami returned with figures of 2/13 in eight overs, while Mansi Joshi, who returned to the team after a layoff for injuries, was The chosen of the bowlers when he returned with the figures of 3/16 in 6.1 overs.
India, in response, revised the target in only 19.5 overs. The standard bearers Smriti Mandhana (73 *) and Punam Raut (24) organized a partnership of 96 races to help India achieve the goal without much trouble.
Smriti Mandhana, who had a brilliant performance with Western Storm in the Women's Super League earlier this year, continued her good form by scoring her twelfth ODI of the fifties. While Smriti did most of the scoring, Punam Raut supported her well by rotating the punch.
With only four races required for India to win the match, Inoka Ranaweera hit to fire Punam.
By virtue of this victory, India jumped a place to No. 5 on the table of the ICC Women's Championship.
For Sri Lanka, only three batters managed to reach the double-figure mark. Chamari Atapattu (33 out of 93 balls), Dilani Manodara (12 out of 19 balls), Sripali Weerakkody (26 out of 32 balls).
Chamari Atapattu compiled a 29-race partnership with Weerakkody to stabilize Sri Lanka's innings, but Deepti Sharma fired the captain of Sri Lanka to break the association. Apart from this, the post of 19 races between Atapattu and Dilani Manodara was the only ray of hope for the hosts.
The second ODI will be played in the same place on September 13.