Indian eves register hat-trick of victories

Published: Thursday, April 22, 2004, 15:41 [IST]
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Colombo:India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets to register its third consecutive victory in as many games. With this victory, India has clinched the series 3-0.

Thus, India registered a hat-trick of victories having beaten New Zealand and West Indies at home and Sri Lanka overseas.

In the match played at the Singhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on Wednesday, opting to bat first, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 89 runs in 39.3 overs. The Sri Lankan batting crumbled once again and it looks like they are still to come to terms with the Indian bowling.

For India, Nooshin Al Khadeer and Jhulan Goswami were the pick of the bowlers claiming 4/15 and 3/15 respectively. Mamatha Maben, Amita Sharma and Deepa Kulkarni picked up one wicket each. For Sri Lanka, C Senevirathne looked impressive before she was caught and bowled by Mamatha Maben for 24 runs.

In reply, India lost four wickets in what should have been a comfortable chase. Anjum Chopra remained unbeaten on 22.

For Sri Lanka, Janakantha picked up 2/19, and Senevirathne and Gunaratne picked up a wicket apiece.

The fourth match of the series is in Kandy on 25th April.

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