In the first T20 International (T20I) of the ongoing three-match series, India Women defeated Sri Lanka Women by 34 runs at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Thursday.

Batting first, the visitors managed to post 138/6 in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to a crucial knock by Jemimah Rodrigues. The right-handed batter shined with the bat in her comeback game, scoring a vital unbeaten knock of 36 runs off 27 deliveries, with the help of three fours and a six.

Apart from Rodrigues, opener Shafali Verma (31) and captain Harmanpreet Kaur (22) chipped in with valuable contributions to take India to a respectable total.

In reply, the hosts could only manage to reach 104/5 in 20 overs, losing the contest by 38 runs. Kavisha Dilhari top scored with an unbeaten 47 from 49 balls, but she didnโ€™t get enough support from the other end. For the tourists, Radha Yadav picked up a couple of wickets for 22 runs in her quota of 4 overs.

โ€œThe pitches are similar to back home in Mumbai and I just applied myself, played my natural game. I love this country and it is a privilege for us to come and play some cricket here. Lot of support from the crowd and Sri Lankan cricket board as well,โ€ said Rodrigues after the match.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

.@JemiRodrigues bags the Player of the Match award for her solid batting effort. ๐Ÿ’ช#TeamIndia begin the tour on a winning note as they beat Sri Lanka by 34 runs in the first #SLvIND T20I. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Scorecard ๐Ÿ‘‰

โ€” BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) June 23, 2022

India take the series lead with a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka ๐Ÿ™Œ#SLvIND | ๐Ÿ“ Scorecard:

โ€” ICC (@ICC) June 23, 2022

India beat Sri Lanka by 34 runs in the first T20 and take a 1-0 lead in the series โ€“ stars were Deepti Sharma and Jemimah โ€“ great start to the tour.

โ€” Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 23, 2022

The #WomenInBlue go 1โƒฃ๐Ÿ†™ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ™Œ#INDvSL

โ€” Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) June 23, 2022

One down, two to go.
These surfaces are going to challenge Indiaโ€™s batters โ€“ all of whom love throwing their hands at the ball. #SLvIND

โ€” Ananya Upendran (@a_upendran11) June 23, 2022

India defeat Sri Lanka by 34 runs in the 1st T20I, lead series 1-0#SLvIND

โ€” Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) June 23, 2022

Great balance and handwork there from Deepti Sharma ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿฝ#SLvIND

โ€” Aditya Chaturvedi (@aditya_c19) June 23, 2022

India Women’s beat Sri Lanka Women’s by 34 runs to go 1-0 up in 3 Match T20I series!

Jemimah batting was biggest postive from the game as it was her comeback game!#SLvIND#SLWvINDW

โ€” Nilesh G (@oye_nilesh) June 23, 2022

Jemimah Rodrigues won Player of the Match award in her comeback game against SL!

That’s the perfect way to make a comeback in the Indian squad after being ignored during World Cup!#SLWvINDW #SLvIND

โ€” Nilesh G (@oye_nilesh) June 23, 2022

Glad to see Harman using part timers, as in Shafali took her 1st Intl wkt + many more to follow.#SLvIND

โ€” Navaneet ๎จ€ (@Navanneett) June 23, 2022

Back to the winning way!!๐Ÿซก
Well done India! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Commendable job by Jemimah, Deepti, and all the bowlers!
India leads the T20I series 1-0! #India #SriLanka #SrilankaCricket #IndianCricketTeam #IndianCricket #SLvIND #CricketTwitter #SLWvINDW #SLWvsINDW

โ€” Vaishnavi Iyer (@Vaishnaviiyer14) June 23, 2022

One good thing with the women in blue is that they have lots of bowling options with them to go with#SLvIND

โ€” Sajan (@Sajansga) June 23, 2022

Slog sweeps
Cover drives
Lofted cover drives

Well played Kavisha Dilhari!#SLvIND

โ€” Devjani (@CricketKenway) June 23, 2022

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