Sultana four-for sets up India win
India Women 80 for 3 (Raj 34*) beat Sri Lanka Women 76 (Sultana 4-4) by seven wickets
A strong bowling performance by India Women, led by left-arm spinner Gouher Sultana's four-for, set up the side's seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka Women in the first match of the three-game ODI series in Visakhapatnam.
Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat but were dealt early blows as Jhulan Goswami, playing her first game since February 2013, struck early to dismiss opener Chamari Atapattu and Deepika Rasangika. That set the template for the Sri Lanka innings as the batsmen failed to build partnerships before eventually folding for 76 in 39.3 overs. Yasoda Mendis was the only batsman to score in double figures as the rest of the batting line-up was stifled by India. Sultana eventually finished with figures of 8-4-4-4, her best figures in ODIs, while Goswami and Rajeshwari Gayakwad bagged two wickets each.
India took just seven overs less than Sri Lanka to achieve the target. The openers Karu Jain and Smriti Mandhana added 15 runs before their stand ended in 10.3 overs. The innings progressed at the same pace and although Sri Lanka picked up another two wickets, their low score meant that India were never really threatened. Mithali Raj and Anagha Deshpande guided most of the chase, adding 43 runs for the third wicket. Raj finished unbeaten on 34 off 59 balls with six fours.