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Anuja stars as India eves post 34-run win over SL

Ranchi: Anuja Patil produced a cameo with the bat to lift the team to 130 and then took three wickets to guide India eves to a 34-run win over Sri Lanka in the first Twenty20 international here yesterday.

With this victory, India have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20 series.

Opting to bat, India posted 130-6 and then managed to restrict Sri Lanka to 96-7 in 20 overs.

Indian eves did not have an ideal start as they lost skipper Mithali Raj (3) and V R Vanitha (12) early to be reeling at 15-2 in four overs.

But responsible batting by Smriti Mandhana (35) and Harmanpreet Kaur (36) put India back on track. Anuja provided the final flourish after coming in to bat at No 6. She hit three fours during her 22 that came off 17 balls.

Left-arm spinner Sugandika Kumari was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka. She accounted for the top three and ended with figures of three for 28.

Brief scores

India 130-6 in 20 overs (H Kaur 36, S Mandhana 35; S Kumari 3-28, Lokusuriyage 2-19) beat Sri Lanka 505 (D Manodara 41*, S Siriwardene 18; A Patil 3-14) by 34 runs

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