By Staff Writers | February 5, 2013
Sri Lanka handed India a 138-run thrashing to progress to the Super Six stages of the ICC Women’s World Cup on Tuesday at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
Chasing an impressive target of 282/5 in a must-win match, India capitulated to 144 in 42.2 overs.
After winning the toss and batting first, Sri Lanka suffered an early blow with the loss of Chamari Atapattu in the very first over, but opener Yasoda Mendis (55) and Deepika Rasangika (84), along with skipper Shashikala Siriwardena (59) and hard-hitting all-rounder Eshani Kaushalya (56), combined to take Sri Lanka to an impressive total.
Kaushalya stood out once again in the tournament with a quick-fire half-century. Her knock consisted of three sixes and six fours. However, it was a 117-run second-wicket partnership between Mendis and Rasangika that steadied the ship for Sri Lanka after the loss of an early wicket.
Indian skipper Jhulan Goswami scalped 3/63 in her 10 overs.
In reply, India lost three wickets for just 38 runs by the 13th over and they could only muster up a best innings partnership of just 37 runs.
Siriwardena and Chamani Seneviratna took two wickets each.
The hosts needed a minimum of 251 runs to still qualify for the Super Six stages by way of a superior run rate, but a pathetic batting display saw the Indian women failing to progress past the first round of the tournament.
Highlighting the performances of the fast-improving Sri Lankan team, this victory was their first win against India in more than a dozen encounters between the two nations.
Sri Lanka 282 /5 (50 overs) — (D Rasangika 84, S Siriwardena 59, E Kaushalya 56*, Y Mendis 55 – J Goswami 3/63)
India 144 all out (42.2 overs) — (R Malhotra 38, T Kamini 22 – C Seneviratna 2/10)
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