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India blanks Sri Lanka 3-0

Mithali Raj scores her fifth century, Poonam Yadav picks up four wickets to script 95-run win

India blanks Sri Lanka 3-0 - Cricket News
Mithali Raj scored an unbeaten 104 to help India Women win the series 3-0.
Every time Mithali Raj has scored a One-Day International hundred, two things have remained same. All her centuries have been unbeaten knocks. They have also always come in a winning cause.
 
The script repeated once again on Thursday (January 23). Her 104 not out helped India Women beat Sri Lanka Women by 95 runs in the final game of the three-match series at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
 
Raj finished the tournament with 169 runs as India wrapped up the series 3-0.
 
Raj has now scored 272 runs in four matches without being dismissed once – a trend that started against Pakistan Women in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013, when she made 103 to help India avoid the wooden spoon.
 
On Thursday, Raj hit eight fours and two sixes, and was well supported by Harmanpreet Kaur and Jhulan Goswami. She put on half-century stands with the two as India made 229 for 5. Sri Lanka was done in by the legspin of Poonam Yadav, who returned career-best figures of 4 for 13 in her second match, and was bowled out for 134 in 44 overs.
 
After India was put in to bat, Anagha Deshpande and Smriti Mandhana set a solid platform with an opening wicket stand of 37 runs in 9.5 overs. However, both of them fell to Chamari Polgampola in a space of two overs. First, Mandhana was trapped in front of the wicket and then Shashikala Siriwardene caught Deshpande for 24.
 
Raj and Harmanpreet came together and batted for 16.2 overs and added 57 runs as India controlled the proceedings. Oshadi Ranasinghe, however, had different plans. She first had Kaur caught and bowled for 24 and then sent back debutant VR Vanitha for a three-ball duck.
 
With India suddenly in a spot of bother at 106 for 4, Raj consolidated along with Amita Sharma, adding 42 runs in 49 balls, before Amita fell for 16.
 
That brought Raj and Goswami together, and they used their experience to good use. They remained unconquered till the end and added 81 runs in 79 balls to give India a respectable total.
 
Except for the second-wicket stand of 36 runs between Lasanthi Madushani and Chamari Atapattu, there was hardly any resistance from Sri Lanka in its chase. Madushani was Yadav’s first victim, who then had Siriwardene stumped for zero. 
 
Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Sneh Rana picked up two wickets each as Sri Lanka was reduced to 101 for 8, and Yadav returned to finish off the innings.
 
The two teams play the first Twenty20 game on Saturday (January 25) at the same venue.

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