The third and the final ODI of the three-match series between India and Sri Lanka will be played on July 7 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele in Sri Lanka. India have taken an unassailable lead of 2-0.
In the second ODI, India beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets as they chased down 174 runs in just 25.4 overs. Batting first, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 173 in 50 overs. Ama Kanchana top scored with an unbeaten 47 while for India, Smriti Mandhana led the run chase with an undefeated 94. With the ball, India’s Renuka Singh struck with four wickets, on the other hand, the Sri Lankan bowlers went wicketless.
India and Sri Lanka have played 31 ODIs against each other, out of which India have won 28, Sri Lanka have won two and one match did not produce a result.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia (wk), S Meghana, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Simran Bahadur, Richa Ghosh (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Harleen Deol
Sri Lanka: Chamari Athapaththu (Captain), Hasini Perera, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeevani, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Vishmi Gunaratne, Malsha Shehani, Ama Kanchana, Udeshika Prabodhani, Rashmi de Silva, Hansima Karunaratne, Kaushani Nuthyangana, Sathya Sandeepani, Tharika Sewwandi
Players to watch
The left-handed opening batter of India starred with the bat as she top scored with an unbeaten 94 off 83 balls, including 11 boundaries and a six in the second ODI against Sri Lanka. The southpaw stitched a 174-run partnership with her opening partner Shafali Verma to steer India to a 10-wicket win.
Renuka Singh Thakur:
The right arm speedster from India wreaked havoc with the ball as she scalped 28/4 in 10 overs, including one maiden. She opened the bowling and struck in the very first over of the match. She bowled well with the new ball, giving the perfect start to India.
Nilakshi de Silva:
The right-handed middle order batter of Sri Lanka registered 32 runs off 62 balls, including three boundaries in the second ODI against India. She came in to bat in the 16th over when her team was struggling at 42/4 and was there in the middle holding the innings at one end till the 39th over of the match.
The right-handed lower order batter top scored with an unbeaten 47 off 83 balls in the second ODI against India. She smashed a couple of boundaries in her innings and guided her team to a respectable score of 173 in 50 overs. Apart from her batting, she bowled 3.4 overs and conceded 33 runs.
This will be the third women’s ODI that will be played at this venue. The team batting second has won both the matches played here so far. The average first innings score is 172 and the average second innings score is 175. Though the scores may not seem to be in the favour of batters, the wicket is good for batting. With respect to the bowlers, the fast bowlers were more successful than the spinners in the last match that was played here.
The weather is expected to be cloudy with a stray thunderstorm. The temperature can go up to 29 degrees Celsius. As per the forecast, there is 40 percent chance of rain and 99 percent cloud cover. The wind will blow from the west-southwest.
Fantasy Playing XI
Anushka Sanjeewani, Nilakshi de Silva, Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Chamari Athapaththu, Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Inoka Ranaweera, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Renuka Singh Thakur, Meghna Singh
Date: July 7, 2022
Time: 10AM IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Live streaming: Fancode
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