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Eyeing a series win, the Indian women’s cricket team will be hoping for a better performance from their top-order against Sri Lanka in the second T20 International in Dambulla on Saturday. The Indians made a positive start to the limited-overs tour of the island nation with a 34-run win in the series-opener on Thursday.

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Read also: Rodrigues, bowlers guide India to clinical 34-run win

The team will not only aim to secure the three-match series but also address the gray areas and continue the winning momentum ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, where women’s cricket will make its T20 debut. The Birmingham Games will take place from 28 July to 8 August.

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In the series opener, the Indians posted 138 for six after batting in front of bowlers led by left-arm spinner Radha Yadav, who stunned the Sri Lankan batsmen. But India’s batting performance left a lot to be desired in the first game.

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Shafali Verma, who scored 31 runs, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (22) and Richa Ghosh (11) all started but could not convert them into big innings. After failing in the previous game, Harmanpreet will be expected to beat the great Mithali Raj in the shortest format. She needs just 24 runs to become India’s leading run-scorer in this format.

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Mithali, who recently retired from all forms of cricket, scored 2364 runs in 89 matches. Vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and Sabbhineni Meghna ended a day at the office and the visitors will need both to click if India is to score a big score.

It was left to Jemima Rodrigues, who returned to the team a short time later, and Deepti Sharma provided a late burst and took India to a winning total, even as Rodrigues and Deepti took up the defense, the Indian think tank would want to top. order to work better.

On the other hand, the Indian bowlers were right on the money, shining on a low and slow wicket with the spin trio of Radha (2/22), Deepti (1/9) and part-timer Shafali (1/10). , With all the three T20 matches being hosted at the same venue, the spinners of both the teams will play an important role. Sri Lanka will also expect better effort from their batsmen.

Middle-order batsman Kavisha Dilhari (47 not out) remained stuck as she could not find support from the other side. Captain Chamari Athapaththu, Vishmi Gunaratne, Harshita Madavi and Nilakshi de Silva will have to take more responsibility in the batting unit. On the bowling front, the spin duo of Inoka Ranvira (3/30) and Oshadi Ranasinghe (2/22) will seek the support of their opening bowlers to keep the Indian batsmen calm.

full squad

India: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Simran Bahadur, Yastika Bhatia, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Richa Ghosh (WK), Sabbhineni Meghna, Meghna Singh, Poonam Yadav, Renuka Singh, Jemima Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar Radha Yadav.

Sri Lanka: Chamari Athapaththu (C), Nilakshi De Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Vishmi Gunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Hansima Karunaratne, Achini Kulsuriya, Sugandha Kumari, Harshita Madvi, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Sandipani, Anoushka Sandipani, Malshadi Ranasinghe, Sandeepani Singh Anushka Ranveera Shahani, Tharika Sewandi.

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