Mandhana Leads India To Series Win
India Women 143-3 (Mandhana 51) beat
Sri Lanka Women 140 (Mendis 56) by 7 wickets
Second One-Day International, Visakhapatnam
Smriti Mandhana scored a half-century and Gouher Sultana took four wickets as India Women beat Sri Lanka Women by seven wickets in the second One-Day International in Visakhapatnam.
The victory followed their earlier win by the same margin in the opening match and puts them into an unassailable 2-0 lead with one game remaining.
This match followed a very similar pattern as Sri Lanka, Yasoda Mendis apart, struggled to score against India's slow bowlers and were dismissed for 140 in 47.1 overs.
Mandhana then made 51 before India reached their target in 39.3 overs.
Amita Sharma came on at first change to remove Chamari Atapattu for nine but at the other end, Mendis had crashed seven fours and three sixes on her way to 56 in just 29 balls.
Sharma trapped her in front soon after to reduce Sri Lanka to 65 for two and although Chamari Polgampola (28) and Shashikala Siriwardene (14) briefly came to terms with India's attack, they both fell - Polgampola run out and Siriwardene caught off Sultana - with the score on 90.
Sri Lanka then lost their remaining six wickets for 50 runs as Sultana dismissed Deepika Rasangika (0), Sripali Weerakkody (6) and Maduri Samuddika (6).
Wicket-keeper Karuna Jain ran out opposite number Dilani Manodara for four while Sneh Rana and Rajeshwari Gaekwad also picked up a wicket.
Sultana, who took four for four in the first match, returned four for 15 while Sharma finished with two for 14.
Indian openers Poonam Raut (38 in 58 balls) and Mandhana (51 in 74) then made a steady 74 for the first wicket until Raut was run out by Udeshika Prabodhani.
Soon afterwards, Kaur was stumped off Siriwardene for one but Mandhana reached her maiden ODI half-century, only to fall not long after she had reached her milestone when she was caught by Siriwardene off Chandima Gunaratne.
From 108 for three, the experience of Mithali Raj, unbeaten on 31, and Jain, who was not out on 19, guided India home without further alarm.
The third game in the series is on Thursday 23rd January before the two sides begin a three-match Twenty20 International series on Saturday (25th January).
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