The Indian women’s team survived a scare at the hands of Sri Lanka in the second ODI at Galle and beat the Lankan team by seven runs, taking an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match series.
India now have earned two additional points as the match was a part of the ICC Women’s Championship.
Batting first, India were all out for 219 in 50 overs. Taniya Bhatia’s brilliant innings of 68 turned out to be a match-winning knock. Put into bat, Indian team failed to get going due to slow batting from veteran skipper Mithali Raj, who consumed 121 balls to score 52 with four boundaries.
In reply, the visitors bowled out the hosts for 212 in 48.1 overs with pace bowler Mansi Joshi taking 3/51 and the left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad chipping in with 2/37.
While batting, Sri Lanka opener Atapattu (57) and Shashikala Siriwardene (49) added 89 runs for the fourth wicket to keep the team afloat.
At 205 for 7 in 46.3 overs, the Lankans needed 15 runs from 21 deliveries with three wickets in hand. Sadly, the home team could not achieve the target and got all out for 212.
India won the match by 7 runs.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar