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India Women Enjoy 6 Wicket-Win on Sri Lanka Women in 2nd ODI to take 2-0 Lead

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India Women Enjoy 6 Wicket-Win on Sri Lanka Women in 2nd ODI to take 2-0 Lead

February 18
14:41 2016

iw1New Delhi, Thursday, February 18 – India Women take imperative 2-0 lead in 3-match ODI series in opposition to Sri Lanka Women, who are on tour of India at present. Challenges are now huge for the tourists in the remaining One Day International and coming 3-match T20I series.

Here is to mention that motto of Mithali Raj-led Indian team was to take lead and seal series on Wednesday by winning the match, which was decider. Now they can think of Sri Lanka whitewash in the latter stage. On the other hand, the opponents lacked in efforts to put some considerable runs on the scoreboard to keep some stress on the Indian camp despite the fact that Sri Lanka Women skipper Shashikala Siriwardene won the toss and elected to bat first.

Sri Lanka team looked strong on paper as Eshani Lokusuriyage, Dilani Manodara, Udeshika Prabodhani, Yasoda Mendis, Prasadani Weerakkody, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Chandima Gunaratne, Lasanthi Madushani, Sugandika Kumari and Chamari Atapattu were selected to perform in a crucial game. It was actually a do or die situation for Sri Lanka Women given that they couldn’t afford missing the chance to long a win. A match lost a day ago made them lose series at the hands of India Women already even though last ODI is yet to be played at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on February 19. For the reason that they failed to wind up 2nd ODI with a triumph, the final ODI has become a formality to be completed now. But this will certainly be an opportunity for the guest to win and get confidence to put on display amazing show in the shortest format back.

The captain of Indian Women Mithali Raj and her teammates deserve words of praise as they repeated good show alike 1st one dayer where they thrashed visiting squad by 107 runs. Hopes were surging from Harmanpreet Kaur, Poonam Yadav, Thirush Kamini, Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Sushma Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Veda Krishnamurthy and Deepti Sharma and they did not disappoint at all. Great contributions from there end made India defeat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. The home side put best forward to remain a step ahead of the opponents.

The scoring pattern at this venue must be in the minds of players before they arrived on the crease to perform. Here is to remind that average first inning score on this ground is 245 and average second inning score is 152.  295 runs are the highest total that was put by Australian cricket team in opposition to the Men In Blue. In contrast, lowest total of 138 runs in 45.2 over was scored by Sri Lanka Women in opposition to India Women recently. Highest chased was 288 runs in 48.4 overs by Indian Playing XI in opposition to Sri Lanka, while on the other hand, lowest defended was 245 by India Women vs. Sri Lanka Women in the recent past.

The tourists totaled 178 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 50 overs. The opening player Atapattu succumbed to Deepti Sharma a bit early when she was playing at a score of 11 runs, together with a couple of boundaries. Weerakkody, the wicket-keeper, was striking since she sent the ball towards the boundary line for six times. Before getting her legs before wicket on a delivery by Deepti Sharma, she pocketed 37 runs that came in 80 balls. Oshadi Ranasinghe struck a boundary but was out at 6 runs. Yasoda Mendis was shown the way back to pavilion at a score of 16 that were attained in 52 deliveries when Poonam Yadav showed quickness in taking a brilliant catch post bowling a good ball. Shashikala Siriwardene hit a couple of fours but Veda Krishnamurthy pouched the ball to let Sharma get another wicket in her pocket. The Sri Lankan captain was out at 19 runs. Lasanthi Madushani also fell short to Sharma at 6 runs (4 x 1).

Dilani Manodara, who was not out at 43 runs (4 x 5), continued to eye a good partnership but tail-ender players couldn’t do much in front of Indian bowling lineup. Eshani Lokusuriyage was run out by Shikha Pandey at 18 runs. It was though a bit unfortunate for the opponents to see her coming back as she was making attempts to contribute as much as possible from her end. A four was hit by her. Udeshika Prabodhani (5 runs off 9 balls) couldn’t do much after Harmanpreet Kaur responded well to take a catch after bowling a delivery in 48th over. Sugandika Kumari was run out by Kaur at a score of 4. Chandima Gunaratne was not out at a single. If truth be told then the number of balls faced by Sri Lankan players and runs earned by them put light on the fact that they struggled to face deliveries by Indian bowlers. Suffering batting collapse was not a new story for the visiting squad. India were eyeing a win that was required to be at front foot in the ongoing tournament. The target was chased by the host in 43.1 overs.

The opening duo Smriti Mandhana and Thirush Kamini gave their team a wonderful start by playing a knock of 46 runs (4 x 4 and 6 x 1) and 26 runs (4 x 5) respectively before being dismissed by Kumari. Mithali Raj once again played a captain’s innings, scoring 53 runs (4 x 4) and remaining unbeaten. Kaur was stumped by Weerakkody but she did her bit by adding 41 runs in the team’s total score. Six boundaries were highlights of her play. Veda Krishnamurthy was given lbw at a naught. Deepti Sharma was not out at 8 runs, standing strong with Raj to let India be on the winning side. Now, they hope for 3-0 finish in the ongoing tournament by winning 3nd ODI that to be played in the Ranchi stadium tomorrow. A lot of potential is housed by India Women lately logged 2-1 win on the Australia Women in T20I. If they continue to perform to the best of their abilities, no team would even dare to think of beating them in mega shows in the future. As of now, the host is enjoying success and keen to end ODI series with a winning streak.