SL vs IND: Captain Chamari Athapaththu help Sri Lanka to avoid T20I series whitewash against India

Chamari Athapaththu’s unbeaten 80 off 48 balls guided Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket win in the third and final match. The victory is the first time that Sri Lanka have beaten India at home in T20I.

Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu with India captain Harmanpreet Kaur

Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu with India captain Harmanpreet Kaur. (Courtesy: Sri Lanka Cricket)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chamari Athapaththu scored 80 not out off 48 balls
  • Sri Lanka won the third T20I by 7 wickets vs India
  • India won the three-match T20I series vs SL 2-1

Chamari Athapaththu played a captain’s knock to help Sri Lanka avoid the T20I series whitewash against India in Dambulla on Monday. The victory is the first time that Sri Lanka have beaten India at home in the shortest format.

Athapaththu’s unbeaten 80 off 48 balls guided Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket win in the third and final match. Her knock was studded with 14 boundaries and one maximum. The skipper along with Nilakshi de Silva rebuilt the innings for Sri Lanka after India made early inroads.

Renuka Singh removed Vishmi Gunaratne cheaply for five and Radha Yadav dismissed Harshitha Samarawickrama (13), reducing Sri Lanka to 37/2 inside five overs. Athapaththu and de Silva formed a solid 77-run partnership to take Sri Lanka in a comfortable position while chasing the 139-run target.

Earlier in the day,Harmanpreet Kaur (39* off 33) and Jemimah Rodrigues (33 off 30) dragged India to post 138/5 after opting to bat first. Sugandika Kumari struck early for Sri Lanka as she got the crucial wicket of big-hitter Shafali Verma for five.

Smriti Mandhana and Sabbhineni Meghana made useful 22 runs each but Sri Lanka kept India on the backfoot for most of their innings.

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