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Friday , January 24 , 2014
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Clean sweep by India

Visakhapatnam: India women registered a clean sweep in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka when the hosts beat the visitors by 95 runs in the last and final match, here, on Thursday.

On the day, India batted first for the first time in the series and lost both their openers even before the team score could reach 50. However, captain Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur steadied the ship with a 57-run stand for the third wicket. Mithali hit an unbeaten 104 her fifth century in ODIs.

A little later, India lost Harmanpreet and Vellaswami Vanitha in quick succession. But, Mithali held up one end. She added 42 runs for the fifth wicket with Amita Sharma, before putting up an unbeaten stand of 81 for the sixth wicket in the company of Jhulan Goswami to take India to 229 the highest score by any team in this series.

Raj, who remained unbeaten throughout the series, hit two sixes and eight fours in her 109-ball knock.

For Sri Lanka, Chamari Polgampola Kumarihami and Oshadi Ranasinghe were the pick of the bowlers. While Kumarihami claimed two wickets conceding 34 runs in her quota of 10 overs, Ranasinghe snared two conceding 50 runs in the same number of overs.

Sri Lanka lost their first wicket early in a stiff chase, but their second-wicket pair of Lasanthi Madushani and Chamari Atapattu resisted India’s charge for 13.1 overs. That stand happened to be the last bit of fight from Sri Lanka as they lost regular wickets to eventually crumble for 134 in 44 overs. Poonam Yadav bowled a stifling spell of 10-3-13-4.

Apart from Poonam, Rajeshwari Gayakwad also had a good day in office. She scalped two wickets for just 16 runs in nine overs. Jhulan also claimed one in the seven she bowled. (Agencies)