India survives late scare to make it 4 in a row

Having won the toss, India posted a competitive total of 232 with half centuries from Deepti Sharma and Mithali Raj. Sri Lanak never found an answer to India's spin quartet lead by Poonam Yadav who finished with figures of 10-1-23-2 as it finished 16-runs short.

Jhulan Goswami celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Shashikala Siriwardena.   -  Reuters

50 overs: Sri Lanka 216/7

India beats Sri Lanka by 16 runs. Its four wins in a row for the blues. Manodara fought admirably to keep Sri Lanka interested in the chase but is stumped off the bowling of Deepti Sharma on 61. Sri Lanka wasn't in the chase until the 35th over before Manodara and Siriwardene strung a counter-attack against India's spinners. Even with the boundaries flowing, it looked like they had left it too late to give themselves a chance. India's Poonam Yadav as the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets of Chamari Atapattu and Nipuni Hansika.

45 overs: Sri Lanka 179/6

Sri Lanka loses Kanchana and Weerakkody, but Manodara is still going at a brisk pace as she tries to scale this target of 233 to keep Sri Lanka in the reckoning for the semifinals. The asking rate is still at 10-an-over and Manodara is batting on 52. Sri Lanka requires 54 from 30 balls.

40 overs: Sri Lanka 138/4

A flurry of boundaries has brought from Siriwardene and Manodara has got the Lankans back in the chase with the asking rate still up at 9.50. Jhulan returns to snaffle Siriwardene as the latter tried to clear the boundary for the sixth time in her innings. Sri Lanka requires 95 from 10 overs.

35 overs: Sri Lanka 98/3

Sri Lanka need Siriwardene and Manodara to hit a few boundaries as the required rate is upto 9. Poonam Yadav figures of 10-1-23-2 has effectively spun the game in India's favour. Sri Lanka requires 138 runs from 15 overs.

30 overs: Sri Lanka 82/3

Only nine runs have come from the last five overs, as Poonam and Harmanpreet tighten the noose with their spin. The required is up to 7.55 runs an over and the chase is looking highly unlikely at the moment. Sri Lanka requires 151 from 20 overs.

25 overs: Sri Lanka 73/3

Spin does the trick for India as Poonam comes up with another strike. Hansika was drawn out of the crease by another flighted delivery and missed her sweep to end up being stumped. Two new batters at the crease for Sri Lanka as they are finding runs hard to come by in the chase. It requires 160 runs from 25 overs.

The dangerous Chamari Atapattu is undone by Poonam Yadav's leg break.   -  Reuters

 

20 overs: Sri Lanka 61/2

Poonam Yadav got rid of the dangerous Chamari Atapattu for 25 who was shaping up to make her innings count. She played around a flighted delivery which kept low to knock her off-stump. The asking rate has crept up towards six as Shashikala Siriwardane has joined Hansika at the crease. Sri Lanka requires 172 from 30 overs.

15 overs: Sri Lanka 48/1

With the pitch assisting spin, India introduce its spinners into the attack in the form of Poonam Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Ekta Bisht. Sri Lanka requires 185 runs from 35 overs.

10 overs: Sri Lanka 29/1

Nipuni Hansika and Chamari Atapattu look to chart Sri Lanka's course towards the target as the Indian bowlers look to bog them down. The Indians will be wary of Atapattu's ability with the bat, after her unbeaten knock of 178 against World champion Australia last week. Sri Lanka requires 204 runs in 40 overs.

5 overs: Sri Lanka 17/1

The Lankans have made a cautious start in its chase while losing the wicket of Hasini Perera to the influential pacer Jhulan Goswami. Sri Lanka requires 216 runs in 45 overs.

Sri Lanka innings

50 overs: India 232/8

A late lower-middle order flourish ensured Sri Lanka will chase 233 its allotted 50 overs. The Indian bowlers will be happy with the total on board as it looks to make it four back-to-back wins in the group stages. The Indian side will be thankful for the contributions of Deepti Sharma and Mithali Raj as their 100-run stand for the third wicket helped steady the innings.

45 overs: India 192/5

The Sri Lankan bowlers has managed to provide no impetus for the Indian batters as it has struggled to get going in the slog overs. Onus lies on Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy to post a challenging total to defend with.

40 overs: India 170/5

Quick wickets have pegged India back after a useful partnership of 118 runs for the third wicket. Ranaweera, the left-arm spinner, has given India the jitters with two wickets.

35 overs: India 141/2

100-run partnership between Deepti and Mithali. After coming together at 38-2, these two women have combined sensible stroke-making with good running between the wickets as India is in a position to push for a total of 250.

30 overs: India 112/2

Deepti Sharma has scored an elegant fifty to keep India on course for a respectable total after its shaky start. Skipper Mithali Raj has also played herself in as they both added 49-runs in the last 10 overs.

25 overs: India 88/2

A 50-run partnership between captain Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma has given India some stability in its innings.

14 overs: India 44/2

Sri Lanka made a rampant start to the round-robin game with the wickets of Indian openers Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Raut. Besides the wickets, it has also added pressure by ensuring a slow run-rate.

India innings

India skipper Mithali Raj won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka in its fourth match of the ICC Women’s World Cup here today.

India made one change to the side, bringing in Veda Krishnamurthy in place of Mona Meshram, while for Sri Lanka, Eshani Lokusuriyage and Harshitha Madavi made way for Prasadani Weerakkodi and Chandima Gunaratne.

Teams:

India: Poonam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma, Poonam Yadav.

Sri Lanka: Nipuni Hansika, Hasini Perera, Chamari Atapattu, Shashikala Siriwardene, Dilani Manodara, Prasadani Weerakkody, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Chandima Gunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Sripali Weerakkody, Inoka Ranaweera (captain).