New Delhi, July 5: After registering a hat trick of victories the Indian women’s team went one better on Wednesday as they won their fourth game on the trot after beating Sri Lanka by 16 runs. The brilliant all-round performance helped India won in a group stage match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at the County Cricket ground.
After winning the toss skipper Mithali Raj chose to bat. However, the openers never got going and they both departed cheaply. Smriti Mandhana who had grabbed eyeballs with match-winning innings of 90 and 106 respectively failed yet again.
However, Deepti and Mithali forged an 118-run third-wicket partnership in 26 overs to stabilise the Indian innings. The duo also brought up their respective half-centuries which ultimately helped India post a respectable total of 232. The Lankan bowlers despite being good with the ball did not perform up to the mark as they were also lacklustre in the field.
Chasing 233, Sri Lanka never looked in the contention as they lost their wickets at regular intervals. Middle-order players — Chamari Atapattu (25), Dilani Manodara (37) and Shashikala Siriwardene (61) — however, displayed some good batting, but Indian bowlers soon overpowered them.
Besides these, however, no other Sri Lankan batswomen stepped up to the occasion and losing wickets at the regular intervals, Sri Lanka went down to India.
For India, Poonam Yadav and Jhulan Goswami took two wickets each. It was their bowling which completely pegged back the Lankan batsman as they never got going. Only wicketkeeper Dilani Manodara stood out with the bat as she scored 61 which took Sri Lanka close to the winning total.
Despite not losing too many wickets, it was the slow run-rate that ultimately saw Sri Lanka lose the match. With this win, India assereted its strength in the ongoing world cup.
Brief scores: India 232/8 (Deepti Sharma 78 Mithali Raj 53; Weerakkody 3/28) against Sri Lanka: 216/7 (Dilani Manodara 37, Shashikala Siriwardene 61; Poonam Yadav 2/23)
India Women Team: PG Raut, S Mandhana, DB Sharma, M Raj*, H Kaur, V Krishnamurthy, S Verma†, J Goswami, M Joshi, E Bisht, Poonam Yadav, NM Parween, S Pandey, RS Gayakwad, MR Meshram
Sri Lanka Women Team: MDN Hansika, GWHM Perera, AC Jayangani, HASD Siriwardene, MADD Surangika†, PM Weerakkody, OU Ranasinghe, HHC Gunaratne, KADA Kanchana, SS Weerakkody, I Ranaweera*, PRCS Kumarihami, LE Kaushalya, H Madavi, KDU Prabodhani