India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Women's ODI, Ranchi February 17, 2016

Deepti four-for, Raj fifty help India seal series

ESPNcricinfo staff

India Women 179 for 4 (Raj 53*, Mandhana 46, Kumari 4-39) beat Sri Lanka Women 178 for 9 (Manodara 43*, Weerakkody 37, Deepti 4-23) by six wickets

File photo - Mithali Raj's unbeaten fifty sealed India's easy win © Getty Images

Medium-pacer Deepti Sharma's career-best 4 for 23, followed by a patient 53 not out from Mithali Raj, helped India Women claim an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series, with a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka Women in Ranchi. India had already climbed to sixth place on the ICC Women's Championship points table after the first ODI, and the win today helped them take a three-point lead over seventh-placed Pakistan Women.

Opting to bat, Sri Lanka had a promising start as Chamari Atapattu and Prasadani Weerakkody added 27 in 5.4 overs. Once Deepti bowled Atapattu for 11, however, the scoring rate dipped and Sri Lanka were tied down further by quick wickets. Weerakkody was involved in a stand of 37 for the second wicket with Yasoda Mendis but the partnership came in almost 18 overs. By the 35th over, Sri Lanka were struggling at 101 for 6, having lost wickets to Deepti, Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Poonam Yadav. They rallied briefly when Dilani Manodara and Eshani Lokusuriyage added 49 quick runs for the seventh wicket. Manodara carried on, scoring 43 not out off 51 balls, but the early wickets meant that India were left with 179 to chase.

The hosts were in control once the openers, Smriti Mandhana and Thirush Kamini, added 67 in a little over 13 overs. Mandhana scored a run-a-ball 46, hitting the only six of the match, and after her dismissal Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur kept the chase on track with a 64-run partnership for the third wicket. India lost four wickets - all to left-arm spinner Sugandika Kumari - but Raj's 80-ball stay at the crease ensured victory in the 44th over. Raj's 40th ODI fifty included four boundaries.

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  • B on February 18, 2016, 17:52 GMT

    Why is there no live commentary for these games?

  • mahesh on February 18, 2016, 11:04 GMT

    First of all, thank you cricinfo for reporting about women cricket. We, cricket fans, appreciate it.

    Well done, Indian women. You are really making us all proud. You get paid less, get less Publicity and facilities and yet you perform often better than men. We are all behind you. Good luck.

  • rita on February 18, 2016, 7:21 GMT

    congrats Indian Women Team. Keep it up.

    Dipti Sharma is a Off Spinner. Not a medium pacer.

  • bishwajeet on February 17, 2016, 21:49 GMT

    Need a stronger middle order to push our rankings into top 4 ... Maybe can try kaur at 5 or 6 ,she can accelerate the run rate and finish well

  • Rahul on February 17, 2016, 17:41 GMT

    Women did what the men could not and that was beating Aus in Aus.

  • mahesh on February 17, 2016, 17:36 GMT

    great performance! kudos to INDIAN women

  • exhil on February 17, 2016, 17:08 GMT

    Sri Lankan women team looks pretty stagnant & going retrograde with almost same faces with no promising new blood. Having returned recently with egg on face with a humiliating 5/0 thrash from NZ, looks nothing remedial being planned. The whole management & team need a complete overhaul or withdraw the team from competitions.

  • Poo on February 17, 2016, 16:56 GMT

    Mithali is a legend...Mandana is the upcoming star.

  • B on February 17, 2016, 16:42 GMT

    Great job, girls. Hope you can make into top 4.

  • Ashok on February 17, 2016, 15:11 GMT

    Congrats Indian Women team for racking up another Series win. This moves India up into the 6th place. This Team is much better than 6th, having already beaten Australia on their home turf. Only way now is to move up by beating one by one all the teams India play against. Aggressive Mandhana & Patient Raj led the charge in batting with good support from Kamini & Kaur. Deepti Sharma with 4 for 23 sent SL crashing. Goswami & Gayekwad provided the economy in their 10 overs, each. In short formats, the top 4 bats have to perform & that is what keeps India on winning track. Well done Raj & Team India!

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