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India has taken a giant leap towards the semi-finals with another marvelous win against Sri-Lanka in the ICC Women's World Cup.
The Indian women’s cricket team, under the captainship of Mithali Raj, defended a respectable 232-8 by limiting the rival nation to 216-7.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Mithali (53) along with Deepti Sharma (78) powered through the team’s first 100, but as things started to look good, Deepti was sent back packing to the pavilion. However, with some substantial loss, the rest of the team topped their predecessor’s efforts by adding another hundred and sixteen to the score.
Harmanpreet Kaur (20) and Veda Krishnamurthy (29) added another 50 to the score while Jhulan Goswami (9), Sushma Verma (11) and Mansi Joshi (2) topples over as soon as they came.
In the second innings, Sri-Lanka chased India’s 232 with a strong hold. Their players Chamari Atapattu (25), Dilani Manodara (37) and Shashikala Siriwardene (61) alone added a total of 123 to their team’s score.
After observing a good start to the second inning, Indian bowlers caught on, taking key wickets every now and then. Poonam Yadav and Jhulan Goswami especially marred the Sri-Lankan batting taking two wickets each.
Later, Deepti Sharma took Dilani Manodara’ wicket when Sushma Verma stumped her followed by Sripali Weerakkody hitting a ball into the hands of Veda Krishnamurthy on Ekta Bisht’s bawling.
Prasadani Weerakkodi and Oshadi Ranasinghe were still on the pitch when the overs ran out resulting in India’s victory.
This victory is going to play a key role in India’s advancement to the semi-finals.