Sri Lanka Beat India 'A' By 11 Runs
Sri Lanka Women 185 (Mendis 53) beat
India 'A' Women 174 (Mandhana 49) by 11 runs
One-day game, Visakhapatnam
Sri Lanka Women warmed up for their three-match One-Day International series in India by beating India 'A' by 11 runs in Visakhapatnam.
Yasoda Mendis scored the only half-century of a low-scoring match as Sri Lanka defended their score of 185 all out by dismissing India 'A' for 174.
Opening the batting, Mendis made 53 in 62 balls as she and Chamari Atapattu (30) put on 87 toghether.
After that partnership was broken, none of the other Sri Lankans could convert starts into substantial innings as the Indian bowlers, led by Sushma Verma with three wickets, hit back.
Deepika Rasangika and Sripali Weerakkody made 17 to be the best of the rest as Sri Lanka were bowled out in 49.5 overs.
For the Indians, Smriti Mandhana made 49 in 77 balls at the top of the order but Sri Lanka took wickets regularly to stay on top.
Reduced to 126 for six when Verma fell, India fought hard through Sneha Morey (27) and Sneha Pradhan (32) but once they were removed by Oshadi Runasinghe and Mendis respectively, their challenge faded.
Mendis finished with two for 27 and Runasinghe two for 30 to wrap things up in 47.3 overs.
The first ODI between India and Sri Lanka is tomorrow (19th January).
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