India down Sri Lanka for fourth consecutive win

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India’s women’s cricket team held off a spirited chase from subcontinental rivals Sri Lanka to record a 16-run victory in their ICC Women’s World Cup fixture played in Derby yesterday to notch up their fourth tournament win on the trot.

Buoyed by half-centuries from Deepti Sharma, who struck 78 runs off 100 balls, and Mithali Raj, who struck a similarly circumspect 53 runs off 78 balls, the Indian innings was helped to a formidable 232 for 8 in its 50 allotted overs. This left the Sri Lankans confronting a daunting chase, one which stalled frequently through the loss of regular wickets. Although they did manage to resurrect their momentum through resilient knocks from Dilani Manodara (61 runs off 75 balls) and Shashikala Siriwardene (37 runs off 63 balls), the Indians were never under real threat as Sri Lanka’s required run rate steadily swelled to distressing proportions with each passing over. 

IN-2Sri Lanka’s Dilani Manodara battles valiantly – Getty

With Sri Lanka needing 23 runs off the final over, Indian spinner Deepti Sharma allowed only six to seal a well-deserved triumph for her team which placed them second on the points table behind Australia. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka languish in sixth position, having failed to earn a victory from any of their four encounters. Sri Lanka will next play the West Indies on 9 July in Derby. 



PG Raut c Jayangani b SS Weerakkody 16

S Mandhana c Siriwardene b Gunaratne 08

DB Sharma c Ranaweera b Kanchana 78

M Raj  lbw b Ranaweera 53

J Goswami c Jayangani b Ranaweera 09

H Kaur c Ranasinghe b SS Weerakkody 20

V Krishnamurthy c Gunaratne b SS Weerakkody 29

S Verma not out 11

M Joshi run out (Ranasinghe/Gunaratne) 02

E Bisht not out 00

Extras (b 1, w 4, nb 1) 6 Total (8 wickets; 50 overs) 232 (4.64 runs per over)

Did not bat Poonam Yadav

Fall of wickets 1-21 (Mandhana, 5.1 ov), 2-38 (Raut, 

10.5 ov), 3-156 (Sharma, 36.5 ov), 4-169 (Goswami, 

39.1 ov), 5-169 (Raj, 39.2 ov), 6-219 (Kaur, 48.2 ov), 

7-219 (Krishnamurthy, 48.3 ov), 8-230 (Joshi, 49.5 ov)

Bowling:SS Weerakkody 9-2-28-3, HHC Gunaratne 

10-1-52-1,HASD Siriwardene 10-1-24-0,I Ranaweera

10-0-55-2,OU Ranasinghe3-0-22-0,KADA Kanchana



Sri Lanka 

MDN Hansika st.Verma b Poonam Yadav 29

GWHM Perera c Mandhana b Goswami 10

AC Jayangani b Poonam Yadav 25

HASD Siriwardene c Krishnamurthy b Goswami 37

MADD Surangika st .Verma b Sharma 61

KADA Kanchana run out (Joshi/Kaur) 07

SS Weerakkody c Krishnamurthy b Bisht 12

PM Weerakkody not out 21

OU Ranasinghe not out 09

Extras (lb 4, w 1) 05 Total (7 wickets; 50 overs) 216 (4.32 runs per over)

Did not bat HHC Gunaratne, I Ranaweera*

Fall of wickets 1-17 (Perera, 4.3 ov), 2-57 (Jayangani, 17.4 ov), 3-70 (Hansika, 23.3 ov), 4-130 (Siriwardene, 38.6 ov), 5-143 (Kanchana, 40.4 ov), 6-171 (SS Weerakkody, 44.1 ov), 7-191 (Surangika, 47.1 ov)


J Goswami8-2-26-2 ,M Joshi 5-0-36-0,DB Sharma10-3-46-1,E Bisht10-0-48-1,H Kaur7-0-33-0,Poonam Yadav10-1-23-2