India v Sri Lanka, 3rd women's ODI, Visakhapatnam January 23, 2014

Raj ton completes India's clean sweep

ESPNcricinfo staff

India Women 229 for 5 (Raj 104*) beat Sri Lanka Women 134 (Yadav 4-13) by 95 runs

Mithali Raj marked her return as captain of the India Women's side with a clean sweep in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka Women. Raj hit an unbeaten century - her fifth in ODIs - in the third ODI in Visakhapatnam to set up a 95-run win.

India batted first for the first time in the series and lost their openers before getting to fifty. Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur then stabilised the innings with a 57-run stand for the third wicket. Even though India lost Harmanpreet and Vellaswami Vanitha in quick succession, Raj held up one end. She added 42 runs for the fifth wicket with Amita Sharma, before putting up an unbeaten stand of 81 for the sixth wicket in company of Jhulan Goswami to take India to 229 - the highest score by any team in this series. Raj, who remained unbeaten throughout the series, hit two sixes and eight fours in her 109-ball 104.

Sri Lanka lost their first wicket early in a stiff chase, but their second-wicket pair of Lasanthi Madushani and Chamari Atapattu resisted India's charge for 13.1 overs. That stand happened to be last bit of fight from Sri Lanka as they lost regular wickets to eventually crumble for 134 in 44 overs. Poonam Yadav bowled a stifling spell of 10-3-13-4.

The teams are scheduled to play a three-match Twenty20 series, starting January 25.

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  • Naresh on January 24, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Bigger matches await India outside the subcontinent. Well done!!!! Last year the Indian womens team played so FEW series - BCCI is not doing enough for their side. @fast_track_bully - I wonder where those two attacking SL fans are gone. They having giving lots of mouth about our mens side - they feel we are at the level of Uganda?

  • Ashok on January 23, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Raj is like Kohli for Womens Team. She has performed so consistently that the Indian team without Raj will struggle. Congrats Raj for the brilliant century + captaining India to a 3 game sweep of SL. Dhoni on the other hand is captaining Indian Mens' team to a 3 game "reverse sweep". Indian Womens team with shoe string funding from BICC is doing better than Mens' Team with Billion Dollar funding. Great job Womens' Team! A lesson for MS Dhoni.

  • Android on January 23, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    india did not have firepower like australia and westindies women have

  • Sriram on January 23, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Here again, India is comfortable playing the developing nations, where as way behind Eng, Aus, NZ and even SA and Windies who have picked up thier game. The likes of Bangla, Pak, Windies and SA apart from Eng, Aus have been playing regularly in 2013 and are well prepared for WT20. India will rely on Mithali and Sultana for magic.

  • Manesh on January 23, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    LOL. SL again lost against India. Men, women, U19, U16 , T20, Test, ODI, India , SL, Abroad, Away, Day, Day-Night, Sun or Moon result will be the same for India Vs SL matches.

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