Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav bagged 4 wickets for 26 runs as India Women defeated Sri Lanka women by 13 runs in the first T20I at Katunayake.
After being sent into bat by the Sri Lanka skipper, India got off to a terrible start as their inform Smriti Mandhana for a duck in the very first over.
The 18 year old Rodrigues played some magnificent strokes and was severe on all Sri Lankan bowlers. Her innings of 36 runs came in just 15 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes before falling to Chamari Athapaththu.
Mithali Raj and captain Harmanpreet Kaur fell cheaply inside the first six overs, as they scored 75 runs in the powerplay.
India lost their way in the middle stages, but cameos from Jemimah Rodrigues Taniya Bhatia and Veda Krishnamurthy propelled them to 168/8 in 20 overs. Prabodhani and Jayangani claimed 2 wickets each.
Chasing a target of 169 runs, Yasoda Mendis and skipper Athapaththu gave Sri Lanka a flying start by adding 39 runs in the first 3 overs, before the debutant Arundhati Reddy dismissed Mendis for a quickfire 32 runs.
The 27 year old Poonam Yadav wrecked their middle order by claiming 4 wickets to reduce Sri Lanka to 117/7.
Eshani Lokusuriyage 45 (31) couldn’t help Sri Lanka get across the line as they were bowled out for 155 runs in 19.3 overs.
Left arm bowler Radha Yadav along with Kaur bagged 2 wickets each. India take 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
The second T20 international will be played in Colombo on Friday.