India looking to polish the stick: The Tribune India


PTI

Dambulla, June 24

With a view to a decisive victory in the series, the Indian women’s cricket team would expect a better performance from them when they face Sri Lanka in the second T20 International here tomorrow.

The Indians got off to a positive start to the island nation’s limited overrun tour with a 34-point win in the series opener on Thursday.

The team would not only aim to secure the three-match series, but also resolve gray areas ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where women’s cricket will make its debut in the T20 format.

In the opener, India shot a modest 138/6 after opting to strike before the bowlers, led by left-arm spinner Radha Yadav, smothered the Lankan batters. But the Indian batting spectacle left much to be desired.

The likes of Shafali Verma, who had a 31 run-a-ball, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (22) and Richa Ghosh (11) all got starts but couldn’t convert them into substantial hits.

Having failed in the previous game, Harmanpreet hopes to eclipse the legendary Mithali Raj in the shorter format. She only needs 24 runs to become India’s top runner in this format. Mithali, who recently retired from all forms of cricket, had scored 2,364 runs in 89 games.

The Indian bowlers, on the other hand, were right with the spin troika of Radha (2/22), Deepti (1/9) and part-time Shafali (1/10) shining on the low and slow wicket. .

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