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Indian women defend 232 against Sri Lanka

Poonam Yadav and Jhulan Goswami led from the front in the bowling department as India successfully managed to defend 232 runs against Sri Lanka and registered a 16-run win in the 14th match of ICC Women’s World Cup in Derby.

India won the toss and decided to bat first. The in-form Smrit Mandhana (8) was dismissed early and so does her opening partner Punam Raut (16) as India were reeling at 38 for two.

Deepti Sharma (78) and Mithali Raj (53) resurrected the innings with a much needed 118 run stand for the third wicket to take the score past the 150-run mark.

However, both batsmen fell in quick succession and the promotion of Goswami (9) at five did not help the cause either as India slipped to 169 for five, losing three wickets in a span of 13 runs.

Harmanpreet Kaur (20) and Veda Krishnamurthy (29) played handy knocks down the order but was both snared by the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers, Sripali Weerakkody (3-28) as India were restricted to 232 for eight in the 50 overs.

In the chase, Sri Lanka got to a sluggish start scoring just 70 runs in 23.3 overs while losing the wickets of Nipuni Hansika (29), Hasini Perera (10) and Chamari Atapattu (25). Courtesy fine display of bowling from Goswami (2-26) and Poonam (2-23).

With wickets falling at regular intervals and the required run rate climbing, Dilani Manodara (61) kept Sri Lanka’s hopes alive with her 75 ball knock but with Sri Lanka needing 42 runs to win in the final three overs, she succumbed to the pressure as India completed a 16 run win, their fourth in the tournament.

Deepti was awarded the player of the match for her knock of 78 that set the win and despite the win, India slip to second position with Australia edging them to first with a better net run rate.

Poonam Yadav and Jhulan Goswami led from the front in the bowling department as India successfully managed to defend 232 runs against Sri Lanka and registered a 16-run win in the 14th match of ICC Women’s World Cup in Derby.

India won the toss and decided to bat first. The in-form Smrit Mandhana (8) was dismissed early and so does her opening partner Punam Raut (16) as India were reeling at 38 for two. Deepti Sharma (78) and Mithali Raj (53) resurrected the innings with a much needed 118 run stand for the third wicket to take the score past the 150-run mark.

However, both batsmen fell in quick succession and the promotion of Goswami (9) at five did not help the cause either as India slipped to 169 for five, losing three wickets in a span of 13 runs. Harmanpreet Kaur (20) and Veda Krishnamurthy (29) played handy knocks down the order but was both snared by the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers, Sripali Weerakkody (3-28) as India were restricted to 232 for eight in the 50 overs.

In the chase, Sri Lanka got to a sluggish start scoring just 70 runs in 23.3 overs while losing the wickets of Nipuni Hansika (29), Hasini Perera (10) and Chamari Atapattu (25). Courtesy fine display of bowling from Goswami (2-26) and Poonam (2-23). With wickets falling at regular intervals and the required run rate climbing, Dilani Manodara (61) kept Sri Lanka’s hopes alive with her 75 ball knock but with Sri Lanka needing 42 runs to win in the final three overs, she succumbed to the pressure as India completed a 16 run win, their fourth in the tournament. Deepti was awarded the player of the match for her knock of 78 that set the win and despite the win, India slip to second position with Australia edging them to first with a better net run rate. (Courtesy Cricket World)

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