India beat Sri Lanka in the opening match of the series-opener in the second T20 international . The Indian women's team will be aiming to secure the three-match series .
DAMBULLA (DAMBULLA): When the Indian womens cricket team faces Sri Lanka in the second T20 international on Saturday, the team will be looking for a series-clinching victory.With a 34-run victory in the series-opener on Thursday, the Indians made a bright start to the Island nation's limited-overs tour.The team will not only aim to secure the three-match series, but also tackle the challenges and build on their winning momentum ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, where womens cricket will make its debut in the T20 style.The Birmingham Games will be held from July 28 to August 8.In the first game, India's batting display left a lot to be desired, however.Shafali Verma, who made a run-a-ball 31, got starts but couldn't convert them into big knocks, according to skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (22) and Richa Ghosh (11).Harmanpreet, who failed in the previous round, will be aiming to eclipse Mithali Raj in the most short form.To become India's top run-getter in this class, she needs just 24 runs to finish. If India is to put on a great total, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and Sabbhineni Meghana were on an off day in office, and the tourists would want the two to click.It was left to Jemimah Rodrigues, who made her return to the side after a while, and Deepti Sharma to provide the late burst and see India reach the winning total.Even though Rodrigues and Deepti did the rescue, the Indian think tank believed the top-order would do a better job.On the other hand, the Indian bowlers were on the money, with Radha (222), Deepti (19) and Shafali (110) being the part-timers in the spin troika, all shining on the low and slow wicket. Sri Lanka could also use a better effort from their batters.Kavisha Dilhari, a middle-order batter, remained stranded as she struggled to get help from the other hand.In the starting lineup, captain Chamari Athapaththu, Vishmi Gunaratne, Harshitha Madavi, and Nilakshi de Silva will have to assume more responsibility.To keep Indian batters quiet, the spin duo of Inoka Ranaweera (330) and Oshadi Ranasinghe (222) will look for help from their first bowlers on the bowling front.