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

Match: Sri Lanka women vs India women (SL-W vs IND-W, 1st ODI)

Date: July 1, 2022 – 10:00 AM IST

Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

Indian women’s team will take on Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series after wrapping up the three-match T20I series. This is India’s first overseas trip after the Women’s World Cup and will also be the first ODI series without Mithali Raj, who announced international retirement a few days ago. The three ODIs will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

India won the T20I series and will be looking to carry the momentum into the ODIs. They won the first T20I by 34 runs after defending 138 runs. This was followed by another win in the second T20I, where they chased down 126 in 19.1 overs. However, the visitors failed to register a whitewash as they lost the third and final T20I by seven wickets. Batting first, they put up 138 on the board, which the hosts chased down in 17 overs.

It can be noted that the three-match series is not a part of the ODI championship. But it will provide crucial experience and practice to both the teams. India’s new captain, Harmanpreet Kaur, will be eyeing a win in her first ODI series as skipper.

Ahead of the first ODI between Sri Lanka women and India women, let’s look at the head to head total of both points, pitch report, weather update and more.

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

The venue – Pallekele Stadium – has never hosted a women’s ODI before. But 30 men’s ODIs have been played here, of which 17 were won by the teams bowling first. The average first innings score is 253 while the highest and lowest total recorded at this venue is 363 for 7 and 70 for 10. It is going to be partially cloudy during the game, so expect the fast bowlers to make the most of it.

There is a good chance of rain during the game. The temperature is expected to hover between 25 and 32 degrees Celsius.

Sri Lanka Women – Expected XI and Team News 

Sri Lanka women will be looking to make amends for how they performed in the T20I series. Chamari Athapaththu and Hasini Perera will open the batting, while Harshitha Samarawickrama will bat one down. The middle order will comprise Hansima Karunaratne, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeewani will the bowling responsibility will be shared by Oshadi Ranasinghe, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya.

Full squad – Chamari Athapaththu (Captain), Hasini Perera, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeevani, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Vishmi Gunaratne, Malsha Shehani, Ama Kanchana, Udeshika Prabodhani, Rashmi de Silva, Hansima Karunaratne, Kaushani Nuthyangana, Sathya Sandeepani, Tharika Sewwandi

Probable XI – 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 – Expected XI and Team News 

Mithali Raj announced retirement from international cricket a few days ago, and Harmanpreet Kaur will now lead India in ODIs too. Meanwhile, Jhulan Goswami, who is nursing a side strain, has been ruled out of the ODI series. The last ODI match that India played without both Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami in their playing XI was against Australia in October 2018

Full squad – Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia (wk), S Meghana, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Simran Bahadur, Richa Ghosh (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Harleen Deol

Probable XI – Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Harleen Deol,  Richa Ghosh (wk), Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav, Renuka Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad

Head to head record of Sri Lanka women and India women

Sri Lanka and India have played 29 ODIs against each other, out of which India have won 26, Sri Lanka have won two and one match was washed out.

Total games – 29

Sri Lanka – 2

India– 26

No result – 1

Five players to watch out for in the SL-W vs IND-W 1st ODI

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for SL-W vs IND-W 1st ODI

Inoka Ranaweera: bowler, Sri Lanka

The left arm spinner was the leading wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in the recently concluded three-match T20I series. She picked up six wickets in three games. Overall, Inoka has 64 wickets in 62 ODIs, including a four-wicket haul.

Chamari Athapaththu: all-rounder, Sri Lanka women

The captain of Sri Lanka is among the safest picks for your MPL team. She was named the player of the match in the third and final T20I against India for scoring an unbeaten 80 off 48. In all, the southpaw has 2767 runs in 87 ODIs, including 14 half-centuries and six centuries. She is also a handy off spinner who has 25 wickets in 41 ODI innings.

Smriti Mandhana: batter, India

Smriti Mandhana, one of India’s most prolific batters, is a good pick for your MPL team’s captaincy. Mandhana was not able to convert her starts in the T20I series, and will now be looking to get some runs under her belt in the ODIs. She is an experienced cricketer with 71 ODIs from which she has 2788 runs, including 22 half-centuries and five centuries.

Harmanpreet Kaur: all-rounder, India

The new captain of India’s ODI team performed well in the T20I series. Kaur was named the player of the series for her scoring 92 runs in three matches and also picking up a wicket.

Rajeshwari Gayakwad: bowler, India

Rajeshwari Gayakwad did not play all the three T20Is against Sri Lanka and will now be looking to make the most of the ODIs. The left-arm spinner has played 58 ODI matches from which she has 92 wickets at an average of 20.03.

MPL Fantasy XI 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The match will not be telecast live on any TV channel in India. But you can watch the live streaming of the game on the Fancode app. The first ODI will start at 10.00 AM IST on July 1. 

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. 

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. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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