Captain Devika Vaidya leads India to victory over Sri Lanka – Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019

Captain Vaidya stars as an all-round performance hands India victory over Sri Lanka – Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019

India vs Sri Lanka - Emerging Women's Asia Cup 2019
India vs Sri Lanka – Emerging Women’s Asia Cup 2019. Pic Credits: ACCMedia1/twitter

Women’s emerging team of India won over their Sri Lanka counterparts at Colombo. The match which was played at RPICS, Colombo saw Sri Lanka winning the toss and opting to field first.

India had a brisk start as openers Yastika Bhatia 26(45) and Nuzhat Parween 12(24) looked good. They had a partnership of 36 runs in 59 balls. After Parween fell in the 10th over, captain Devika Vaidya came to the crease. It was her day as she scored 43 runs in 61 balls before getting retired hurt. She hit two maximums as well and along with Tejal Hasabnis 37(36) who remained not out, made a partnership of 79 in 80 balls, which was the highest from their side. Tanusree Sarkar 17(33) and Minnu Mani 20(36) also contributed to the scoreboard. India made 171 runs and lost 4 wickets in 38.5 overs.

Sri Lanka didn’t have the best of starts as they lost opener Nilakshana Sandamini in the 2nd over itself. But captain Harshitha Samarawickrama stabilised the innings as she made a half-century. She scored 55 runs in 91 balls and was involved in 3 good partnerships with Hasini Withanage 21(35), Umesha Thimeshani 22(35) and Imalka Sanjeewani 13(16) as well. But as the wickets kept falling, the run rate decreased. Sri Lanka got bowled out in 36.3 overs and could make only 139 runs.

India’s bowling unit performed well with both Tanuja Kanwar and Sushree Dibyadarshini having 3-wicket hauls each. An all-round performance by the emerging India team handed them a victory of 32 runs over Sri Lanka.

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After 4 matches of the tournament had to be abandoned on previous days, two matches finally saw the light of the day in 26th October.

India innings: 171/4 in 38.5 overs

Sri Lanka innings: 139 all-out in 36.3 overs

Result: India win by 32 runs

Player of the match: Tanuja Kanwar

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