Continuing its streak of victories, the Indian women’s cricket team beat Sri Lanka by 16 runs at the ICC Women’s World Cup match on Wednesday. This was the fourth win in a row for the Indian team.
Captain Mithali Raj chose to bat after India won the toss. The Indian team had a weak start with zero runs in the first over and only 4 runs in the second. But then, a terrific partnership of Deepti Sharma and skipper Mithali Raj gave India 118 runs, helping the team a great deal in posting a target of 232 runs.
When Deepti Sharma was declared out after scoring 78 runs, Jhulan Goswami stepped in but unfortunately couldn’t strike some big shots.
Sri Lankan captain, Inoka Ranaweera, first sent Goswami back to the dressing room. In the very next ball, India lost captain Mithali Raj’s wicket. The score at this point was 169 at a loss of 5 wickets in 39.2 overs.
Then Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy established a good partnership of 50 runs, until they too were out on successive balls. With one over remaining, Sushma Verma slammed a boundary while Mansi Joshi was out in the fifth ball. Ekta Bisht then entered the ground and together with Sushma, established a target of 232 runs for the Sri Lankan team.
The team of Sri Lanka made a cautious but good start. However, with their players falling to the Indian team at crucial points throughout the match, they could not win despite all the efforts.
Perera fell to Jhulan Goswami in the 5th over, while the next wicket, quite a substantial one for India, was of Chamari Atapattu who was clean bowled by Poonam Yadav in the 18th over. By the end of 23rd over, Sri Lanka had been able to manage only 70 runs for a loss of two wickets. In the next over, Poonam Yadav outwitted Nipuni Hansika and completed a maiden over.
At the end of 35 overs, Sri Lanka had scored 98 runs with only 40 runs coming to it in the last 17 overs. The Sri Lankan team began to recover in the 39th over by scoring 9 runs including a boundary by Siriwardene but soon lost a wicket. A run out for Kanchana in the 41st over sent her back to the dressing room. Eventually, Sri Lanka lost two more wickets of Weerakkody and Manodara.
By the end of 49th over, Sri Lanka had managed to score 210 runs but still needed 23 runs in the last over that was to be bowled by Deepti Sharma. The Sri Lankan team could only manage a total of 216 and team India registered a victory by 16 runs!