After a win in the T20Is, India will hope to keep the momentum going when they lock horns with Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series. The first of the three games is scheduled to take place on Friday (July 1) at the Pallekele Stadium. It is expected to be a thrilling contest with both sides putting in their all to take a lead in the series.
A new era begins in the Indian women’s cricket after Mithali Raj announced her retirement from International cricket. Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the side and will hope to make a winning start as India’s permanent ODI captain. The visiting side have some quality players in their ranks and India will hope to come out as an unit and put up a decent performance.
Sri Lanka Women, on the other hand, have gained some momentum by winning the last fixture. They will look to play some positive, attacking cricket to trump India. Skipper Chamari Athapaththu holds the key for her side.
1st ODI – Sri Lanka Women (SL W) vs India Women (IND W)
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Date & Time: 1st July at 10:00 AM IST and Local Time
Pallekele’s pitch is well balanced for both batters and bowlers. Spin bowlers have always dominated in the middle overs and the average first inning score is around 250 runs.
Predicted Playing XI
Sri Lanka Women: Chamari Athapaththu (c), Hasini Perera, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Hansima Karunaratne, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya.
India Women: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Harleen Deol, Richa Ghosh (wk), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav, Renuka Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
SL W vs IND W – Fantasy Team Predictions
Fantasy Team 1: Yastika Bhatia, Smriti Mandhana, Nilakshi de Silva, Hansima Karunaratne, Harleen Deol, Chamari Atapattu, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deepti Sharma (vc), Inoka Ranaweera, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Oshadi Ranasinghe
Fantasy Team 2: Anushka Sanjeewani, Yastika Bhatia, Smriti Mandhana (c), Sabbhineni Meghna, Hasini Perera, Chamari Atapattu (vc), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, Poonam Yadav