Thursday 23 January 2014 

Raj Century Sets Up Series Clean Sweep

India celebrate a wicket
MIthali Raj scored a century and India's bowlers were on top form once again
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India Women 229-5 (Raj 104no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 134 (Yadav 4-13) by 95 runs
Third One-Day International, Visakhapatnam

Mithali Raj's fifth One-Day International century laid the foundations for India Women to beat Sri Lanka Women by 95 runs in the third and final match in Visakhapatnam.

Raj stroked an unbeaten 104 in 109 balls as India scored 229 for five and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav then returned career-best figures of four for 13 when Sri Lanka were dismissed for 134 in reply.

The comprehensive win gave India a 3-0 clean sweep having dominated all three matches.

Indian openers Anagha Deshpande (24) and Smriti Mandhana (16) put on 37 together before Raj came to the crease in the 10th over, and she batted through the remainder of the innings.

Her knock included eight fours and two sixes and she was supported by Harmanpreet Kaur (24), Amita Sharma (16) and finally Jhulan Goswami (26 not out) as India posted their fourth highest score against Sri Lanka.

Chamari Polgompola and Oshadi Ranasinghe took two wickets apiece and Chandima Gunaratne took one.

Sri Lanka's batting struggled in both of the earlier games and India's bowlers again quickly took control of the match.

Explosive opener Yasoda Mendis made just six before she was stumped off Rajeshwari Gaekwad.

Lasanthi Madushani (23) and Chamari Atapattu (19) then added 36 together for the second wicket before Yadav struck to remove Madushani and Atapattu fell to Sneh Rana.

Yadav then had captain Shashikala Siriwardene stumped for nought and Rana had Deepika Rasangika caught behind for one to reduce the tourists to 69 for five.

Polgompola then made 20 and Eshani Kaushalya 10 but they were fighting a losing cause and despite an unbeaten 29 in 49 balls from Ranasinghe at the end, Sri Lanka fell well short when they were dismissed in 44 overs.

The two sides now play three Twenty20 Internationals, the first of which is on Saturday (25th January).

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Fixtures & Results

19th January: 1st ODI, Visakhapatnam
IND 80-3 beat SRI 76 by 7 wickets
21st January, 2nd ODI, Visakhapatnam
IND 143-3 beat SRI 140 by 7 wickets
23rd January: 3rd ODI, Visakhapatnam
IND 229-5 beat SRI 134 by 95 runs
25th January: 1st T20I, Visakhapatnam
SRI 148-7 beat IND 147-3 by 3 wickets
26th January: 2nd T20I, Visakhapatnam
IND 127-8 beat SRI 118-8 by 9 runs
28th January: 3rd T20I, Visakhapatnam
SRI 121-4 beat IND 117-8 by 6 wickets