Chamari Athapaththu led Sri Lanka Women to a seven-wicket win in the third and final T20I of the three-match series against India Women to save the hosts from getting whitewashed.

The visitors, after opting to bat, posted 138/5 in their allotted 20 overs—skipper Harmanpreet Kaur top-scored with an unbeaten 39 off 33 balls, including three fours and a six. Similarly, Jemimah Rodrigues also shined with the bat, smashing 33 from 30 deliveries to take India to a competitive total.

In response, the home team had a terrible start, losing opener Vishmi Gunaratne (5) in the very first over. Soon, the Islanders lost Harshitha Madavi (13) to get reduced to 37/2. Then, captain Athapaththu took charge to bail Sri Lanka out of the hot waters.

The left-handed batter formed a breathtaking 77-run stand with Nilakshi de Silva for the third wicket to take the game away from India. De Silva’s innings was cut short by a run-out, but Athapaththu kept scoring runs from the other end.

The Lankan skipper smashed a half-century and stayed undefeated at 80 from just 48 deliveries with the help of 15 boundaries, including a six to help her side chase down the target with three overs to spare.

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