India Women v Sri Lanka Women, 2nd T20I, Ranchi February 24, 2016

Mithali Raj fifty lifts India to series win

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India Women 108 for 5 (Raj 51*, Patil 34, Ranaweera 3-10) beat Sri Lanka Women 107 for 8 (Surangika 27, Yadav 3-17, Bisht 3-22) by five wickets

File photo - Mithali Raj's 52-ball 51 resurrected India's chase © ICC

Mithali Raj anchored India Women's chase with a steady fifty and lifted them to an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series against Sri Lanka Women in Ranchi. Chasing 108, India were reduced to 27 for 4 in the seventh over before Raj and Anuja Patil combined for a 77-run stand to rescue the hosts.

India lost Vellaswamy Vanitha, Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma in successive overs, before wrecker-in-chief Inoka Ranaweera trapped Veda Krishnamurthy in the seventh over to leave India reeling. Patil and Raj then took India to the brink of victory, before Patil was caught and bowled. However, Raj went on to bring up her half-century and take India home with an over to spare. Left-arm spinner Ranaweera took 3 for 10 from four overs.

Earlier, Sri Lanka got off to a slow start after opting to bat. Shikha Pandey removed Yasoda Mendis, who made an 18-ball 3, in the sixth over. Chamari Atapattu (22), Dilani Manodara (27) and Shashikala Siriwardene (26) all made contributions to help Sri Lanka reach a decent total.

India's bowlers pulled things back towards the end to keep Sri Lanka to 107. Ekta Bisht took 3 for 22, while Poonam Yadav claimed 3 for 17, all her wickets coming in the penultimate over.

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  •   Vimalan Ravindran on February 25, 2016, 4:13 GMT

    Feeling proud of Womens Cricket, but no one has put a light on it, that is very sad, go girls go and cheer up yourself and take the T20 World cup, but one thing is still we are not upto the mark like NZ, EN, AU and WI, we are good in scoring 120 Runs not more than that, we need good hitters, please workout on clearing the boundaries, as singles and twos wont help in claiming World Cup, do practice do practice and turn the world towards blue indian girls this time, allll the Very best

  • Ashok on February 24, 2016, 19:29 GMT

    After a 3-0 washout in the ODI series, another 2-0 drubbing in the T20 series, seals the deal again. This happened to be a one-sided series. Raj showed the world once more why she is such a dominant bat in the Women's Cricket with her second consecutive 50. Patil helped in the Indian fight back from 27 for 4. Bisht & Poonam Yadav jointly walked thru' the SL batting to give India the series. These 2 T20 matches were played with Indian reserve players getting their chances. Despite that Indian bench strength was adequate to beat SL. Well done Mithali Raj & the Indian team. This augurs well for the WC March with a 5-0 winning streak at home!.

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