Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma lead India to victory over Lanka

ICC Women's World Cup Twitterati hails Mithali Raj & co. for fourth consecutive win in tournament

Mithali Raj's India create history in Women's World Cup

Indian Women's team continue its winning streak defeating Sri Lanka in their fourth match of ICC Women's World Cup 2017.

India beat England in the opener by 35 runs and then hammered the West Indies by seven wickets.

Reacting to the sudden increase in fan base, cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur, the first Indian to be picked up for the Women's Big Bash League previous year, said: "We are bindaas (cool)".

Bisht's figures of 5/18 against Pakistan is the best recorded in the tournament so far. The Three Lions have beaten the Irish 16 times from 17 games.

"I've always enjoyed batting and stepping up when it's required", India captain Mithali Raj Raj said after winning the match.

Indian captain Mithali Raj struck a defiant 53, her 48th ODI half-century, together with Deepti Sharma who hit a smart 78 shared a decisive 118-run third-wicket partnership to boost India's total to 232 for eight. With one over remaining, Sushma Verma slammed a boundary while Mansi Joshi was out in the fifth ball. As a result, Jhulan Goswami and Raj fell off successive balls to Inoka Ranaweera in the 40th over.

Middle-order batswomen Harmanpreet Kaur (20) and Veda Krishnamurthy (29) added 50 runs for the sixth wicket before both players were dismissed by pacer S. Weerakkody in the same over. Experienced Jhulan Goswami gave the first blow to Sri Lanka by removing Hasini Perera in just 5th over of the innings than Indian bowlers kept it tight and didn't gave away too many runs before leg-spinner Poonam Yadav gave double blow to Lanka by removing risky looking Chamari Athapaththu and opener Nipuni Hansika. Poonam Yadav's 2-23 restricted the Sri Lankans to a score of 216 runs. From the opponent side, Sripali Weerakkody took 3 wickets.

Highest scorer from Sri Lanka, Dilani Manodara Surangika (61 off 75 balls) and Shashikala Siriwarden had a partnership of 60 runs for the fourth-wicket before Jhulan Goswami grabbed her second wicket of the innings and fourth wicket of Sri Lanka on the last ball of 39th over at the score of just 130-runs.

Besides these, however, no other Sri Lankan batswomen stepped up to the occasion and losing wickets at the regular intervals, Sri Lanka went down to India.

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