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India confirm third spot with emphatic victory

Published: Friday, December 15, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Christchurch: India confirmed their third spot in the table with an emphatic 141-run victory over Sri Lanka in a league match of the Women's World Cup 2000 match at the Lincoln Green on Friday.A 151-run partnership between prolific scorer Chandrakanta Kaul and vice-captain Anjum Chopra, who remained unbeaten on 68, was the highlight of the Indian victory.Indian won the toss, elected to bat and posted a challenging 230 for four from 50 overs on the board. Smita Harikrishna was promoted up the batting order to open the innings with skipper Anju Jain.Smita scored 32 runs off 58 balls with three fours and was second out with the scoreboard reading 51. Chandrakanta and Anjum Chopra then launched into the Sri Lankan bowling. With Anjum keeping one end up with her stoic defence, Chandrakanta scored a fairly fast clip.Chandrakanta, in fact, top scored on 80 runs off 82 balls with eight hits to the fence. Anjum's unbeaten effort came from 104 balls with just two boundaries. The Sri Lankans started disasterously and lost the wickets of openers Hiruka Fernando and skipper Rasanjali Silva with just one run on the board.The Sri Lankans kept losing wickets at regular intervals thereafter and were not able to forge any fruitful partnership. Their running between the wickets was also atrocious and they lost four wickets to run outs. Hiroshi Abeysinghe and Chamani Seneviratne top scored on identical 26 runs apiece. Kavita Roy and Rupanjali Shastri took two wickets apiece.India will clash with New Zealand in the semi-finals. The Indians had lost to the hosts tamely in the league phase and will have to come up with a very determined effort to make it to the title round. But for a miraculous upset the Australians would be defending the title in the final.

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