Team India will play the series for the first time after Mithali's retirement, and will face Sri Lanka on Thursday

Team India will play the series for the first time after Mithali's retirement, and will face Sri Lanka on Thursday

I. The Indian women's cricket team will look to make a fresh start in the first T20 match of the three-match series against Sri Lanka starting on Thursday from all formats under the leadership of new captain Harmanpreet Kaur. The T20 format of cricket has been included in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, with the ICC Women's T20 World Cup also eight months away and the Indian team would like to make a solid start to their campaign.

This is the first international tournament for the Indian women's team after a disappointing performance in the ODI World Cup 2022. This is the first competition for the Indian team after the retirement of veteran player Mithali Raj. Mithali retired from cricket after an illustrious international career spanning 23 years. Personally, captain Harmanpreet will have her eyes set on leaving Mithali behind. The 33-year-old Harmanpreet has scored 2319 runs in 121 matches and needs 46 runs to surpass Mithali in the shortest format of the game.

Hosts Sri Lanka, however, will start the series on the back foot as the team suffered a 0-3 clean sweep in the recent T20I series against Pakistan. India, however, will have to be on guard against experienced Sri Lankan players like Oshadi Ranasinghe and Chamari Atapattu. India played the last T20 match against New Zealand in February this year, in which the team lost by 18 runs. Looking at the current form, India will have high hopes from Mandhana, Shefali Verma, Deepti Sharma, and pacer Pooja Vastrakar.

After the three-match T20 series, there will be an ODI series of an equal number of matches, whose matches will be held in Pallekal on July 1, 4, and 7.

Teams :

India: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Simran Bahadur, Yastika Bhatia, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Richa Ghosh, Sabhinene Meghna, Meghna Singh, Poonam Yadav, Renuka Singh, Jemima Rodriguez, Shefali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastkar and Radha Yadav.

Sri Lanka: Chamari Atapattu (captain), Nilakshi D'Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Vishmi Gunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Hansima Karunaratne, Achini Kulsuriya, Sugandha Kumari, Harshita Madvi, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Satya Sandeepani, Anoushka Shenani, Sanjeevani, Tharika Sewandi.

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Smriti Mandhana joined this special club of Kohli-Rohit, and Harmanpreet broke Mithali Raj's big record

Smriti Mandhana joined this special club of Kohli-Rohit, and Harmanpreet broke Mithali Raj's big record

The Indian women's team is on a tour of Sri Lanka these days. A series of 3 T20 matches are being played between both the teams here. The Indian team has won the series by winning the first two matches. The third match of the T20 series will be played from 2 pm on Monday at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla. In the second match of the series, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have made a special record. At the same time, Harmanpreet has left behind former captain Mithali Raj in this matter.

Mithali Raj broke the record
The Indian women's team won the second T20 match played on Saturday by 5 wickets. In this match, Harmanpreet broke the special record of former captain Mithali Raj. Harman has now become the highest run-scorer (2372) Indian female cricketer in T20 Internationals. On the other hand, Mithali is at number two with 2364 runs. In the second T20, Harman scored an unbeaten 31 off 32 balls.

Mandhana in Kohli-Rohit's club
In the second T20, India's opener Smriti Mandhana scored 39 runs in 34 balls. In Mandhana's T20 International, 2 thousand (2011) runs have been completed. She has now joined the special club of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. She has become the fifth batsman (men and women) of India to complete her 2000 runs in T20 International matches. Before him, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Mithali Raj have done this feat.

Highest run-scorer in T20I Indian batsman

Rohit Sharma: 3313 runs
Virat Kohli: 3296 runs
Harmanpreet Kaur: 2372 runs
Mithali Raj: 2364 runs
Smriti Mandhana: 2011 Runs

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