Raj ton completes India's clean sweep
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.