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May 10, 2010
India Women 144 for 3 (Naik 59, Raj 52*) beat Sri Lanka Women 73 for 9 (David 4-12) by 71 runs
India's women booked their place in the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 by surging past Sri Lanka in their winner-takes-all Group B encounter in Basseterre. Chasing 145 for victory after fifties from Sulakshana Naik and Mithali Raj, Sri Lanka stumbled to 73 for 9 in their 20 overs, with Diana David claiming 4 for 12 with her offspin.
With a victory apiece against Pakistan and a defeat to the in-form New Zealand, both sides entered this contest with everything at stake, but the powerful Indian line-up scarcely took a backwards step. After winning the toss, they were given a solid base by Naik and Poonam Raut, who added 34 for the first wicket before Raut was bowled for 12 by in the seventh over by Udeshika Prabhodhani.
That brought Naik and Raj together, and they quickly put India in the ascendancy by adding 86 in 10.3 overs for the second wicket. Naik eventually fell for 59 from 54 balls with three overs remaining, and though Jhulan Goswami was run out for 10 in the final over, Raj kept up the impetus to finish unbeaten on 52 from 39 balls, with five fours.
Sri Lanka endured a calamitous start when Chamari Atapattu was run out without facing in the first over, and their situation scarcely improved. David's early introduction was devastating, as she struck with her first ball to bowl Suwini de Alwis for 4, before picking up a second in the same over as Dedunu Silva was caught by Goswami.
David made it four in 12 balls when Chamari Polgampola and Sripali Weerakkodi fell to consecutive deliveries, and when Dilani Manodara ran herself out to make it 19 for 6, the contest was over. Deepika Rasangika batted through the remainder of the innings to save some face with an unbeaten 31.
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