The Indian women’s cricket team will be eyeing a fresh start under new all-format skipper Harmanpreet Kaur against Sri Lanka in the first T20 International of the three-match series, starting in Dambulla on Thursday (June 23). With the T20s all set to feature in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and also at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup eight months away, India will look to begin their campaign on a high.
This will be the first international assignment for the Indian women since the disappointment at the 2022 Women’s World Cup. Notably, the Indian team, for the first time, will be without the legendary Mithali Raj, who hung up her boots earlier this month after an illustrious 23-year-old career.
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How will the Women in Blue fare against the Sri Lankan lionesses on their home soil?
On the personal front, skipper Harmanpreet will be eyeing a milestone. The 33-year-old batter, who has amassed 2319 runs from 121 matches, needs another 46 runs to eclipse Mithali in the shortest format.
The spotlight will also be on vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet and coach Ramesh Powar, who recorded a seven-match winning streak in the last T20 World Cup before India were knocked out in the semifinals by South Africa. Hosts Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will start the series on the back foot as they were recently whitewashed 0-3 by Pakistan in a T20 series.
However, the Indians will have to remain vigilant against the likes of Sri Lankan veterans Oshadi Ranasinghe and Chamari Athapaththu. The Indians last played a one-off game against New Zealand in the shortest format in February this year, which they lost by 18 runs.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Simran Bahadur, Yastika Bhatia, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Richa Ghosh (WK), Sabbhineni Meghana, Meghna Singh, Poonam Yadav, Renuka Singh, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Deepjati Sharma, , Radha Yadav.
Sri Lanka: Chamari Athapaththu (C), Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Vishmi Gunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Hansima Karunaratne, Achini Kulasuriya, Sugandika Kumari, Harshitha Madavi, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka, Anoka Raanyawee, Inoka, Anoka Ranayawee Shehani, Tharika Sewwandi.Match Details
When will the India women vs Sri Lanka women 1st T20 match be played?
The India women vs Sri Lanka women 1st T20 match will be played from June 23 to 26.
Where will the India women vs Sri Lanka women 1st T20 match be played?
The India women vs Sri Lanka women 1st T20 match will be played at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla.
What time will the India women vs Sri Lanka women 1st T20 match start?
The India women vs Sri Lanka women 1st T20 match will start at 2:30 PM IST.
How can I watch the India women vs Sri Lanka women 1st T20 match?
The India women vs Sri Lanka women 1st T20 match will not be available on TV channels.
How can I follow the live streaming of the India women vs Sri Lanka women 1st T20 match?
The India women vs Sri Lanka women 1st T20 match will be streamed live on Fancode.
(with PTI inputs)