India eves trounce Ireland in womens World Cup

Published: Thursday, March 24, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Pretoria:Counted as one of the pre-tournament favourites, India eves notched their first win over in the Women's World Cup when they trounced hapless Ireland by nine wickets at Tshwane University of Technology.

Earlier, Ireland skipper Clare Shillington won the toss and elected to bat first but soon had to rue her move as her batswomen were put under the cosh by the Indian bowlers as they were packed out for a paltry 65.

Miriam Grearley was the only the Ireland batswoman to show semblance of fightback scoring a solid 38 even as wickets kept tumbling around her. Amita Sharma was the pick of the Indian bowlers picking up 3 for 12.

Chasing 66 for victory, Indian skipper Mithlai Raj and Anju jain carried India home losing only one wicket within 18 overs. India had to share points with lowly Sri Lanka in their Cup opener after rain played spoilsport.

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