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SL-W vs IND-W, 1st T20I – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Sri Lanka Women vs India Women, (SL-W vs IND-W, 1st T20I)

Date: June 23, 2022 – 2 PM IST

Venue: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Sri Lanka

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

For the Indian viewers, India women’s tour of Sri Lanka will be broadcasted live on Sony Sports Network. You can also catch the action on online streaming platform Sony LIV.

Sri Lanka Women vs India Women, 1st T20I:

India women are all set to play three T20Is and as many ODIs on their tour of Sri Lanka. The tour will kick start with the two teams colliding in the first T20 international at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Thursday, June 23.

The T20 series offers both the teams a chance to start their preparations for the upcoming women’s T20 competition in the Commonwealth Games 2022. Sri Lanka women secured the final spot in the tournament earlier this year through Qualifiers. They topped the five-team competition with four out of four wins and defeated Bangladesh by 22 runs in the final game to book the spot. Last month, Sri Lanka played three T20Is in Pakistan, losing the series by 3-0.

India have faced three strong opponents in the last 12 months in the form of England, Australia and New Zealand. They lost by 2-1 on the England tour in July 2021 and were defeated by 2-0 in October on the Australia tour. Earlier this year, India lost a one-off T20I against New Zealand just before the ODI World Cup. Despite their record in recent times, India will start this series as overwhelming favourites.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for SL-W vs IND-W, 1st T20I

Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Sri Lanka hasn’t hosted any T20 matches in men’s or women’s cricket. The pitches are expected to be bowling friendly for this series, with spinners getting a lot of assistance.

The weather in Dambulla on Thursday is likely to be cloudy with thunderstorms in some parts. There’s a 40% chance of precipitation with the temperature around 27°C.

Sri Lanka Women – Expected XI and Team News

Sri Lanka have made six changes to the side that toured Pakistan recently. Prasadani Weerakkody and Sachini Nisansala have been dropped while the uncapped duo of Rashmi de Silva and wicketkeeper-batter Kaushani Nuthyangana has been called up.

Probable XI – Chamari Athapaththu (c), Hasini Perera, Hansima Karunaratne, Anushka Sanjeevani (wk), Harshitha Madavi, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Rashmi de Silva, Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya

India Women – Expected XI and Team News

India will be without the veteran seamer Jhulan Goswami on this tour. Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia and Ekta Bisht have been left out. Promising batter Jemimah Rodrigues returns to the T20I side and so does left arm spinner Radha Yadav.

Probable XI – Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Richa Ghosh (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma, Meghana Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Renuka Singh, Poonam Yadav

Head to head record of SL-W vs IND-W

Total Encounters – 18

Sri Lanka Women Won – 3

India Women Won – 14

India Women lead the last five encounters by 4-0.

1st T20I: Five players to watch out for in the SL-W vs IND-W match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:

Shafali Verma: Batter, India

Shafali Verma is one of the most destructive batters in the women’s game. The 18yr old has scored 700 runs from 29 T20 internationals at an average of 25 while striking at an incredible rate of 141. Shafali has registered three fifties in the format. In the recently held women’s T20 challenge, she scored 95 runs across three innings with one fifty. Shafali can be a good C/VC option, coming at 9 credits.

Pooja Vastrakar: All-rounder, India

Pooja Vastrakar has developed into a key player for India with good all-round value. The right arm pacer has picked 19 wickets in T20Is at an economy of 6.35 while also scoring 157 runs with the bat at an average of 20. Vastrakar has been in superb form, claiming 4/12 in one of the women’s T20 challenge matches. She is priced at 9 credits.

Chamari Athapaththu: All-rounder, Sri Lanka

Chamari Athapaththu is the best player from Sri Lanka and one of the best in the arena. She has scored 382 runs in the last 10 games at an average of 38 while striking at an excellent 150. She has 14 half centuries in her overall T20I career. Athapaththu has been in superb touch, coming off a 37 in her last T20I innings and 101 in the last ODI game. She’s priced at 10.5 credits.

Harmanpreet Kaur: All-rounder, India

Harmanpreet Kaur is amongst the best limited overs players in the game. The all-rounder has a terrific record for India, having scored 2319 runs in T20 cricket at an average of 26, including one hundred and six fifties. She also has picked 30 wickets at an economy of 6.17. Kaur has been in magnificent form, scoring 37, 71 and 43 in the women’s T20 challenge. She’s a great C/VC pick at 10 credits.

Oshadi Ranasinghe: Bowler, Sri Lanka

The 36yr old off-spinner has done well for Sri Lanka in limited overs cricket. Oshadi Ranasinghe has 36 wickets to her credit in T20 internationals at an economy of 6.62. She was excellent in the recent series against Pakistan, picking 6 wickets from three games at an economy of under 5. She’s priced at 8.5 on the MPL app.

MPL Fantasy XI

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Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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