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India women defeated Sri Lanka women by 13 runs yesterday in the first T20 International of the five-match series in Katunayake,Sri Lanka. 

Jemimah Rodrigues smashed 36 off 15 balls in a whirlwind inning that saw her becoming the first Indian woman to hit three sixes in an over. 

Wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia 46 off 35 and Anuja Patil 36 off 29 powered India to 168 for eight in 20 overs.

Sri Lanka made a flying start in the chase through Yasoda Mendis 32 off 12 and Chamari Atapattu 27 off 22, racing to 39 in 2.5 overs before the former was dismissed by Arundhati Reddy. 

Sri Lanka remained in the hunt until leg-spinner Poonam Yadav's consistent breakthroughs took the game away from them as they were 155 all out in 19.3 overs. 

The 27-year-old from Agra ended with figures of four for 26 in four overs.

The second T20 will be played in Colombo on Friday.


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