The tour by the Uttar Pradesh's women cricketers to Sri Lanka is turning out to be a successful one. They have now won three matches out of three, with one abandoned due to heavy rain. At the NCC Grounds in Colombo on Monday, they defeated a Colts CC XI by 71 runs.
Unlike the other two games, which were really tense affairs, UP ran away with the match after batting first and scoring 130 in 40 overs. In the context of a low scoring tour, this was a large total, certainly too much for this Colts side who were bundled out for just 59 in 35 overs.
Priyanka Shally continued her fine form this tour with a useful 21, an innings that rescued the visitors who had slumped to 2-2 after having been put in to bat by the home side. Her efforts were ably supported by Shikha Jaingran, who went on to top score with 26. The pair put on 59 runs for the fourth wicket and effectively won the match for their team. The pick of the bowlers was Hiroshini who finished with 3-16 off her eight overs. Unfortunately for the Colts, her teammates were a little too generous with the extras, donating the visitors a very useful 30 runs.
In reply, the home side never looked like reaching the target. Indika was the only batsmen to settle with a useful 20 runs but even she found it difficult to cope with the bowling of Varsha Paphael who picked up 5-9 off eight overs.