Asia Cup: India eves continue winning streak

Published: Saturday, May 3, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Colombo: India eves kept their winning streak in Women's Asia Cup intact when they defeated Sri Lanka by 29 runs at the Rangiri stadium in Dambulla on Saturday.

It was India"s 17th successive victory in Asia Cup. It won five matches each in the previous three events while started its quest for the fourth successive title with 182 runs victory over Bangladesh on Friday.

India electing to bat first posted 227/8 in the stipulated 50 overs. In-form Mithali Raj top-scored with 54 inclusive of nine boundary hits while debutant Priyanka Roy made a valuable 44 consisting of fiur hits to the fence. Karuna Jain and Jaya Sharma were the other major contributors with 29 and 27 respectively.

Left-arm spinner Suwini de Alwis was the pick of Lankan bowlers with 3 for 36 while pacer Shashikala Siriwardene claimed 3 for 54.

In reply Lanka stumbled to 198 in the 49.5 overs despite Dedunu Silva's (74 off 87, 12X4s&1X6) brilliant effort. India eves pacer Rumeli Dhar and spinner Seema Pujare plucked three wickets apiece while the veteran left-arm spinner Nitu David took 2 for 33.

Bangla shock Pak: In the other match played at Welagedara Stadium in Kurunegala, Cup debutants Bangladesh stunned Pakistan by four wickets.

Pak opting to bat first, collapsed for 134 in 47.4 overs with Bismah Maroof (29), Sana Mir (25) and Sajjida Shah (25) offering some resistance.

Off-spinner Tithy Sarkar was the wrecker-in-chief for Bangla with 4 for 25 in her 10 overs. Salma Khatun and Shathira Jakir claimed two wickets each.

Salma then returned to excel with the bat and single-handedly steered Bangla to a famous victory by scoring an unbeaten 53 that came off 92 balls and included six fours.

Pakistan bowlers, led by Sajjida Shah, reduced Bangladesh to 88-5 but Salma stood tall and thwarted Pak"s hopes of pulling off victory with a gutsy batting display. Salma added 24 runs with Rumana Ahmed and shared 24 runs for the unbroken seventh wicket with Irin Sultana.

India take on Pakistan in Kurunegala on Monday while Lanka face Bangla in Dambulla.

Brief Scores:

At Dambulla: India 227/8 in 50 overs (Mithali Raj 54, Priyanka Roy 44, Karuna Jain 29, Jaya Sharma 27, Devika Palshikar 22 n o; Suwini Alwis 3 for 36, S Siriwardene 3 for 54) beat Lanka 198 all out in 49.5 overs (Dedunu Silva 74, Suwini 25; Rumeli 3 for 28, Seema Pujare 3 for 41, Nitu David 2 for 35).

At Kurunegala: Pakistan 134 all out in 47.4 overs (Bismah Mahroof 29, Sana Mir 25, Sajida Shah 25, Tithy Sarkar 4 for 25, Salma Khatun 2 for 18) lost to Bangladesh 136/6 in 45.3 overs (Salma Khatun 53 n o; Sajida Shah 2 for 19).


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