India v Sri Lanka, 5th women's ODI, Asia Cup 2006-07 December 18, 2006

Raj leads India to third successive win

Cricinfo staff

India 172 for 3 (Raj 68*) beat Sri Lanka 171 (Silva 78, Kaushalya 57) by 7 wickets
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A captain's knock from Mithali Raj lifted India to their third successive win of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka at Jaipur. Set 172 for victory, India rode on Raj's 108-ball knock, which included four fours, along with handy 30s from Sunetra Paranjpe and Anjum Chopra.

Sri Lanka's total of 171, largely thanks to half-centuries from Dedunu Silva and Eshani Kaushalya, proved to be inadequate. Choosing to bat first, Sri Lanka were done in by tight Indian bowling, with Jhulan Goswami and Thirush Kamini managing two wickets apiece.

Only one other batsman managed double figures and Sri Lanka didn't get the kick in the final overs. Paranjpe began India's reply confidently, with a stroke-filled 37, before a 70-run stand between Chopra and Raj sealed the deal.