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Highlights ICC Women's World Cup 2017, India vs Sri Lanka, cricket result: IND win by 16 runs, maintain clean slate

  • Not as convincing as the earlier wins for Mithali and Co, but they record their fourth straight win in as many games. Only Australia haven't lost the game along side the Indians. Deepti's 78 and some late blitz by Veda Krishnamurthy and Harmanpreet Kaur pushed India to 232. After Goswmai's early breakthrough it was the spinners led by leg spinner Poonam Yadav, who applied the brakes and kept plucking Sri Lanka's wickets at the right time. India will have to rework their fielding in training as in the next game they face a strong South African side. Dane van Niekerk's side went down to England today but not before scoring 300 and their bowlers dismissed Windies for 48 in an earlier game. Do joins us for that game on Saturday. That is all from our side tonight, hope you had as much fun as we had. Ciao! 

  • Mithali Raj, India captain: When you get those early breakthroughs at the start of the innings, today Jhulan gave us the first wicket and then the spinners came in. We really pulled ourselves in the middle overs where we bowled a lot of dots. The generation now, you need to have more all-rounders in the side. (So) It's always good to have 2-3 all-rounders in the side. The pressure which I felt in my earlier years is reducing. Now I feel I can play my game. (When asked whether she would bowl in the World Cup) I thought I could bowl the last over today. But the margin was too less for a bowler like me. Maybe if the margin is too big for the opposition (in future), I might roll my arm.

  • Inoka Ranaweera, Sri Lanka captain: We have had good matches against India (previously). So we are disappointed today and we hope to do well in the next game. Sripali Weerakkody bowled well today, happy with her. 

  • Player of the Match is Deepti Sharma for 78 and 1 wicket: The wicket was slow early on, so I made the adjustment. I was looking to time my shots rather than hitting it hard  Have been working hard in the gym and a lot of strength training helps. Mithali and I decided to run the first one hard that helped us convert it into twos.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most wins for India Women in a calendar year in ODIs:
    14 - 2017*
    13 - 2004
    11 - 2005
    11 - 2006 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most wins for captains in Women's World Cup:
    21 - Belinda Clark 
    14 - Sharon Tredrea
    12 -  Karen Smithies
    11 - Charlotte Edwards, MITHALI RAJ*
    10 - Lyn Larsen

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    This is the first time India have won four consecutive matches in a single edition of Women's World Cup. 

  • India win by 16 runs to make it 4 out of 4 wins. Sri Lanka's spirited fight back led by Manodara and the lower order batswomen really pushed India to their limits, taking the game into the last over. But, the Indian spinners never let the game slip away, they kept bowling tight lines and that amounted pressure. At one stage it seemed a walk in the park for India, but the Lankans were always on India's heels, never letting them relax.

  • 23 runs need off the last over. Deepti Sharma to bowl the final over.

  • After 49 overs, Sri Lanka 210/7 (Prasadani Weerakkody 17, Oshadi Ranasinghe 7)

    This has been a fabulous effort from Sri Lanka but I fear that the match is going out of their hands now. They have left themselves far too many runs to score off the last over. 23 off 6. 

  • FOUR! Weerakkody drives it through covers. SL need 28 off 11

  • After 48 overs, Sri Lanka 201/7 (Prasadani Weerakkody 10, Oshadi Ranasinghe 5)

    10 runs come off it. Two boundaries by Weerakkody and Ranasinghe gets it close to the target. Can Sri Lanka win from here? 

  • OUT! Stumped, this time! Flighted by Sharma, inviting her forward. Manodara steps out to play the inside out but, the ball turns sharply and goes through to the keeper, who removes the bails and celebrates, they know it is big wicket. Manodara st Verma b Sharma 61 (75).

  • After 47 overs, Sri Lanka 191/6 (Dilani Manodara 61, Prasadani Weerakkody 5)

    Bisht has been bowled out 48 runs off her 10 overs. Good final over, only 3 off it. Priceless over in the given circumstances. Verma missed out on a stumping chance off the fourth ball.

  • After 46 overs, Sri Lanka 188/6 (Dilani Manodara 59, Prasadani Weerakkody 4)

    What an over this has been. 9 runs scored off Deepti Sharma's over without any boundary scored. Some insane running by Lankans and some questionable run out chances not converted by India. Last ball produced 3 runs to third man, Verma had the chance to remove the bails at her end but she chose to throw it to the bowlers end, both the batswomen made their ground eventually.


  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer at Derby

    There is a lot of excitement from the Sri Lankan camp, as thier late assault has whittled the equation down to 45 off 24. One big over could make this interesting. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Dilani Manodara is batting well and she just became became only the fourth Sri Lanka batswoman to score fifty-plus runs batting at No.5 or lower in a Women's World Cup match. However, she is losing partners from the other end and India are augmenting their dominance. 

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer at Derby

    The Lankan wicketkeeper Dilani Manadora has a fifty to her name, and she is taking some runs off the total that Sri Lanka need. It is disappointing for India considering that they could have benefited not just from the points, but also the net run rate. 

  • After 45 overs, Sri Lanka 179/6 (Dilani Manodara 52, Prasadani Weerakkody 2)

    Despite the fall off 6th wicket, Manodara isn't stopping she walks across her stumps and whips it deep square leg, she brings up her 50. Gusty knock, she is keeping SL's hopes alive, she needs support from the other end. 54 runs needed off 30.

  • OUT! Timely breakthrough for India. Weerakkody finds Krishnamurthy at covers, who is standing at the edge of the circle. Weerakkody makes room and tries to get it over the cover fielder, but does not get the elevation. Weerakkody c Krishnamurthy b Bisht 12 (9)

  • After 44 overs, Sri Lanka 171/5 (Dilani Manodara 46, Sripali Weerakkody 12)

    Sri Lanka have now started to get closer to the asking rate. Joshi concedes 12 runs off her 5th over. Couple of boundaries were scored of the over, one straight down the ground as Weerakkody gets her first boundary and then gets it fine pass backward point for consecutive fours. 

  • After 43 overs, Sri Lanka 159/5 (Dilani Manodara 44, Sripali Weerakkody 2)

    Kaur bowls her 6th over and 8 runs come off it. SL are getting some runs here, but need few big overs to chase down 232, another sweep earns Manodara her 5th boundary. 74 runs off 42 balls.

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer at Derby

    Some runs flowing in the Powerplay, SL taking 40 runs off those 30 balls, being especially harsh on Goswami. Goswami was attempting the fuller lengths, and gave the batters a few over pitched balls, which they took full toll of. When she pulled her length back, she enjoyed immediate success, with the wicket of Siriwardene.

  • After 42 overs, Sri Lanka 151/5 (Dilani Manodara 38, Sripali Weerakkody 1)

    First ball there is a shout for run out as Verma's direct hit is referred upstairs and replays show Manodarra just got her bat in. Gets her body outside the line of the ball and scoops it fine leg. Goswami gives up the chase pretty quickly. 7 runs off the 42nd over.

  • Mansi Joshi has been brought back into the attack.

  • After 41 overs, Sri Lanka 144/5 (Dilani Manodara 32, Sripali Weerakkody 0)

    Kaur comes on to bowl her 5th over. At first it looked intentional from Manodara, but it was a thick edge that went down the third man for the boundary of the 2nd ball and the run out of the fourth. Weerakkody joins Manodara. 89 runs required off 54 balls.

  • OUT! Manodara send Kanchana back after hitting it to extra cover, the fielder unleashes a flat throw to Kaur, who removes the bails quickly. The decision has to be made by the 3rd umpire and it is red. Kanchana run out 7 (6)

  • After 40 overs, Sri Lanka 138/4 (Dilani Manodara 26, Ama Kanchana 2)

    Manodara's reverse has finally come off. 8 runs come of Bisht's over.

  • Ama Kanchana comes out to bat

  • After 39 overs, Sri Lanka 130/4 (Dilani Manodara 26, )

    Goswami gets the breakthrough off the final ball of the over. SL batswomen were taking too many risks with the required rate climbing up with every ball. Siriwardene takes the aerial route in order to smash it down the ground, doesn't get it from the middle and Krishnamurthy runs in to take a fantastic catch, she tumbles but holds on to it. Siriwerdene c Krishnamurthy b Goswami 37 (63)

  • After 38 overs, Sri Lanka 124/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 36, Dilani Manodara 21)

    Brilliantly executed shot over the cover. Siriwardene creates room and lofts it with the turn. Inside out this time, splits the field in the deep, finds another boundary. 9 runs off it. Back-to-back good overs for Sri Lanka.

  • After 37 overs, Sri Lanka 113/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 26, Dilani Manodara 20)

    Goswami is back into the attack. Finds the edge, but you wouldn't expect a slip in the 37th over, so the ball runs down to the third man. The next delivery is whipped through mid wicket for another four. 10 runs come off it.

  • After 36 overs, Sri Lanka 103/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 17, Dilani Manodara 19)

    Slog sweep and singles down the ground to long on, ensures Sri Lanka cross 100-run mark in the 36th over. They will need a special effort to pull this game from the rut they are in.

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer at Derby

    With the RRR over 9, India firmly in control. Poonam Yadav's spell of 2 for 23 , bowling her 10 overs unchanged, has put Sri Lanka firmly back. 

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Sri Lanka have scored only 40 runs in last 17 overs losing two wickets. Moreover, they have played 45 dot balls against Poonam Yadav who has just finished an excellent spell. Sri Lanka have to up-the-ante now to win the match and to stay alive in the competition. 

  • After 35 overs, Sri Lanka 98/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 14, Dilani Manodara 17)

    Again only 3 runs coming of Sharma's over. There was a chance as Siriwardene top edged one in the air, but fell safe behind square leg, 

  • After 34 overs, Sri Lanka 95/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 13, Dilani Manodara 15)

    Yadav into her last over. Despite the aggressive intent in the last over, they can't get Yadav away. Quiet over only 1-run to finish her 10 overs. Splendid display of high quality leg spin bowling. Gorgeous through the air. Poonam Yadav finishes her quota of overs. Her figures: 10-1-23-2.

  • After 33 overs, Sri Lanka 94/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 13, Dilani Manodara 14)

    Two boundaries in this over! Sri Lanka finally find the fence, runs have been hard to come by. But the batswomen decide that blocking wouldn't help their cause and first Siriwardene plays the late cut to third man for a boundary and Manodara shows a bit of aggression by stepping out and hitting wide of long on for another four.

  • After 32 overs, Sri Lanka 85/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 9, Dilani Manodara 9)

    Still no boundary. 3 runs off the last ball as Manodara finds some room and dabs it behind square for 3.  Manodara looked to play the reverse sweep, but with ball coming slowly to her, she misses it completely. 

  • After 31 overs, Sri Lanka 82/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 9, Dilani Manodara 6)

    Sharma bowls another maiden, 3rd off her 5th. What a day, she is having, 78 with the bat and 9 runs off his 5 overs. Manodara is sent back, as she tries to steal a single, Ekta Bisht does well to stop the ball and throw at the non striker's end, but only a direct hit would have helped. That wasn't to be.

  • Deepti Sharma is back. Raj keeps rotating her bowlers, with Yadav holding one end.

  • After 30 overs, Sri Lanka 82/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 9, Dilani Manodara 6)

    Yadav to bowl her 8th over. She has played a key role by bowling plenty of dots balls and maintaining the pressure. Loud shout for lbw on the fourth ball, but the ball seemed to pitch a touch done the legside. It was hitting the stumps, but pitched outside leg. Fascinating spell of wrist spin.

  • After 29 overs, Sri Lanka 81/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 8, Dilani Manodara 6)

    Kaur is into her fourth over. the spinners have really pulled things back for India. Another 2-run over. India right on top of this match.

  • After 28 overs, Sri Lanka 79/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 8, Dilani Manodara 5)

    The full ball was converted into a couple on the first ball, but Yadav pull the length a little back and as there no pace on offer, the Lankans are feeling it tough to get it away. 3 runs off it, she has given 18 runs in her 7 overs and bagged two important wickets.

  • After 27 overs, Sri Lanka 76/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 8, Dilani Manodara 2)

    Another quiet over from Harmanpreet Kaur. Sri Lanka need to move on before the asking rate gets out of control. Only two runs off the over. 

  • After 26 overs, Sri Lanka 74/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 7, Dilani Manodara 1)

    After the single off the first ball, Manodara had no answers to some real beauties bowled by Yadav. Flight, guile and turn. First-rate bowling. Misses the edge a couple of times. This is sensational from the leggie.

  • After 25 overs, Sri Lanka 73/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 6, Dilani Manodara 1)

    Harmanpreet Kaur comes into the attack, bowls around the wicket and gives 3 singles in his over.

  • After 24 overs, Sri Lanka 70/3 (Shashikala Siriwardene 4, Dilani Manodara 0)

    Yadav complete a fantastic wicket-maiden. She is in the middle of a fabulous spell.

  • OUT! Yadav outwits Hansika this time. Yadav lures the batswomen with her tempting flight as she tries to slog it through mid wicket, but misses it completely. Wicket-keeper Sushma Verma removes the bails before Hansika can drag her foot back. Hansika st Verma b Yadav 29 (66b)

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer at Derby

    MS Dhoni firmly believes in using an away going bowler, which means an off spinner to a left hander. Poonam Yadav clearly doesn't subscribe to that theory. She has now dismissed both left handers, and given India a strong grip on this match. 

India win by 16 runs to make it 4 out of 4 wins. Sri Lanka's spirited fight back led by Manodara and the lower order batswomen really pushed India to their limits, taking the game into the last over. But, the Indian spinners never let the game slip away, they kept bowling tight lines and that amounted pressure. At one stage it seemed a walk in the park for India, but the Lankans were always on India's heels, never letting them relax.

Preview: Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and Jhulan Goswami will aim to continue their good form with the bat when India take on Sri Lanka in a group stage match of the Women's World Cup at the County Ground in Derby, England on Wednesday.

In 2013, Sri Lanka pulled off a major upset in the history of World Cup Cricket when they ripped through the Indian battling line-up after posting a stiff target of 283 runs at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

India eventually lost that match by 138 runs, and a few big names never played for India again.

Mithali Raj and Inoka Ranaweera, captain of the Indian and Sri Lankan team respectively. Reuters/Twitter

Mithali Raj and Inoka Ranaweera, captain of the Indian and Sri Lankan team respectively. Reuters/Twitter

However, it is a different story now for the Indian girls in the 11th edition of the Women's World Cup.

With three consecutive wins, the Indians have a massive advantage with all round performances over the last one week of the Women's World Cup.

Batting has been their main strength, with Smriti Mandhana the fourth highest scorer in the tournament with 198 runs in three outings followed by Punam Raut and Mithali Raj at the eighth and ninth spots respectively.

The Indian bowling has been exceptional with Ekta Bisht and 19-year-old Deepti Sharma, at number one and two respectively with six wickets each.

While Ekta castled Pakistan with five wickets with her dipping left-arm spin, Deepti has devastated the opposition with consistent performances in all three matches.

Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami, who has had a quiet World Cup thus far, is the second on the all-time wicket-taker's list against Sri Lanka with 20 scalps.

The Indian bowlers are ably supported by the fielders.

Sushma Verma is currently the leading wicket-keeper at the World Cup, dismissing seven batters with four catches and three stumpings. She is ahead of high profile names like Sarah Taylor of England and Australia' Alyssa Healy (niece of legendary Australian wicket-keeper Ian Healy and wife of Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc).

Winless Sri Lanka have been struggling at the World Cup so far, though their margins of defeats have consistently reduced.

In the first encounter against New Zealand they lost by nine wickets. They went down to the Aussies by eight wickets and finally to host England by seven wickets.

Barring Chamari Atapattu, their batters have failed to impress, and bowlers lack bite in the Sri Lankan attack.

With a mammoth innings of 178 in 143 deliveries against the formidable Aussies, Atapattu launched powerplay innings throughout with 22 boundaries and six massive sixes, keeping the wagon wheel evenly spread.

Her strength lies in free flowing strokeplay and finding gaps on both the sides of the wicket.

Atapattu scored her first century in 2011, followed by two in 2014 against Ireland and South Africa, respectively, before setting up her recent record of second highest individual score in the history of World Cup.

Currently, she is also the second most run getter at the World Cup.

Her weakness is left-arm spin of which Ekta Bisht is an able exponent and Bijapur girl Rajeshwari Gaekwad is another good option for India.

It needs to be seen if India coach Tushar Arothe goes in for a rotation policy with the inclusion of Veda Krishnamurthy, Nauzat Parveen and Gaekwad or sticks to the winning combination.

India are currently placed at the top of the pool with three wins and six points followed by Australia, who are also on six points but are marginally behind on net run rate.

India's campaign henceforth will get tougher as they will face defending champions Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

With inputs from IANS

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115