India ready for Sri Lanka

Knew it wouldn't be easy for Pakistan: Mithali Raj

Knew it wouldn't be easy for Pakistan: Mithali Raj

Emerged as clear favourites, India will take on the inexperienced Sri Lankan team in their next world cup match on 5th July.

The Indian women, who have won all three of their previous matches, are now at the top of the table with six points ahead of defending champion Australia on superior run rate.

"When you lose first wicket in first 10 overs, it naturally puts us on the back foot". We need to work on our partnerships as batters.

Sri Lanka kept losing wickets throughout their chase and with required run-rate creeping up things got hard for them. "If it's a fresh wicket, then we have different plans for it", said the India skipper.

Mansi Joshi came into the side for her first game of the tournament and took two for nine as India kept up its ideal record. Mithali Raj-led Indian team stunned the hosts England in their opening game by 35 runs before trouncing West Indies by seven wickets in their second group match. "The wicket did deteriorate later on because the spinners did got a lot of turn", she added. They are in a better position and experienced. Together, they scored 118 runs till Deepti Sharma (78) was finally declared out. "I'm really happy that Ekta rose to the occasion and delivered what the team required of her".

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The decisive goal was scored by Portugal's Adrien Silva from the penalty shot during the 104th minute of the game. They went on to lose the chance to go ahead when Andre Silva lost a penalty kick in the first half.

For Sri Lanka, the star so far has been Chamari Atapattu and she also smashed the third highest score in Women's World Cup against Australia.

"It is important that we got this opportunity to reflect on our batting order because the next matches are equally important for the team", she said.

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.

Sri Lanka: Inoka Ranaweera (captain), Chamari Athapaththu, Chandima Gunaratne, Nipuni Hansika, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusooriya, Harshitha Madhavi, Dilani Manodara, Hasini Perera, Chamari Polgampala, Udeshika Prabodani, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardena, Prasadani Weerakodi and Sripali Weerakkody.

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