Sri Lanka women fought hard to win one game back after losing the first two matches of the ICC Women's Championship against India women.
Sri Lanka women captain Chamari Athapaththu won the toss and chose to field first. The decision was proved right as Jemimah Rodrigues was dismissed on the second ball of the innings by K Prabodhani for a duck.
Smriti Mandhana hit 51 and added 102 runs with skipper Mithali Raj who hit her highest score in WODI cricket, a 125* in 143 balls with 14 fours and 1 six to her name. Harmanpreet (17) and Deepti Sharma hit 38 down the order to take India to 253/5 in 50 overs.
Sri Lankan women’s reply started off well with Hasini Perera making 45 before Poonam Yadav had her caught by Harmanpreet. MA Sanjeewani hit 22 before Jhulan bowled her.
But Chamari Athapaththu held on to one end to score a brilliant 115 in 133 balls with 13 fours and 4 sixes. She was dismissed by Hemlatha and Jhulan Goswami took two wickets of Sanjeewani and H Mendis to jolt the process of Sri Lanka.
Mansi Joshi then contributed with two wickets and Mandhana affected a runout, but the match went to the last over. Sripali Weerakkody (14*) held her nerves to take Sri Lanka women to the victory.
The Indian team had won the first two matches in the 3-match series.
IND-W 253/5 (M RAJ 125*, S MANDHANA 51) lost to SL-W 254/7 (C ATHAPATHTHU 115; J GOSWAMI 2/39) by 3 wickets