Women’s World Cup: India inch closer to semi-final with 16-run win over Sri Lanka
India has taken an important step towards winning a semi-final with a resounding 16-win over Sri Lanka at a unilateral meeting of the Women’s ICC World Cup in Derby on Wednesday, PTI reported.
Mithali Raj and Co recorded their fourth victory on the trot while defending a respectable 232/8 restrict the island to 216/7.
Indian women have also kept a smear and against their sub-continental neighbors since the 2013 World Cup without having lost a single ODI at all meetings.
India’s slow pitching battery has stifled opposition several times during the tournament so far.
It was no different on the day Poonam Yadav (2/23 in 10 on off) leading with two hits, elimination of the dangerous Chamari Atapattu (25) and opener Nipuni Hansika (29).
The spinner Ekta Bisht left arm (1/48 in 10 off) and Deep Sharma (1/46 in 10 off) were also economical.
The experienced Jhulan Goswami (2/26 of 8 in off) was parsimonious as always, and also provided important breakthroughs.
Dilani Manodara Surangika (61 of 75 balls) Beat well, but found little support at the other end.
Skipper Raj pooled his resources well after another half-century impact, which was largely responsible for the decent total.
The match marked decisively in favor of India when Poonam, quaint size to the gates, improved Atapattu with an integrated supply that tried to sweep, but missed the line to be annoying.
Another identical delivery saw Nipuni make a big step forward for sweeping an ink sweep only to be confused by Sushma Verma. The Lanka rides had momentum and only one team could have won this situation despite the brave efforts of Surangika.
Previously, Deepti Sharma and Raj hit good half-centuries to help India send a decent 232 out of 8.
Deepti has made 78 of 110 balls while Mithali (53 of 78) continued his good form with a further 50 points to establish the base for India’s total after the early start of Punam Raut (16) and Smriti Mandhana (8) .
The finish batters mean Veda Krishnamurthy (29) and Harmanpreet Kaur (20) sewed 50 runs crucially in only nine in off to help India to beat the mark of 230 strokes.
In bat choice, India did not have the best of beginnings, while Mandhana was early. It was followed by Raut 11, but that brought Mithali and Deepti into the fold.
The duo initially resisted the sleeves of India and opened their doors once they were seen.
They shared vital 118 races for the third window, not only to keep the sleeves of India, but to create the ideal starter bar for others to follow.
But just as it was time for Indians to launch the attack on Sri Lanka’s bowlers, three quick windows have dragged them.
After the dismissal of the 37th Deepti, Jhulan Goswami (9), who was promoted in order, and Mithali fall into successive balls 39th Inoka Ranaweera to put a brake on the note of India.
But Veda and Harmanpreet pledged to stay ahead of going on consecutive balls at number 49 on Sripali Weerakkody to put the pater means right arm of Sri Lanka, an opportunity to claim a hat-trick.
Indian rescue teams managed a decent 62 shots in the last 10 overs.