Sri Lanka suffered a humiliating 114-run defeat at the hands of India in their ICC Women’s World Cup Group ‘A’ Qualifier played at the P. Sara Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday (7).
India electing to bat first after winning the toss piled up a formidable 259 for four wickets from their 50 overs with Devika Vaidya (89), Mithali Raj (70) and Deepti Sharma (54) completing solid half centuries.
In reply, Sri Lanka managed to score only 145 for eight from their 50 overs with Hasini Perera (34) and Chamari Atapattu (30) putting up a vain effort.
India of course began their inningssedately as they reached 11 for one in seven overs but the left-handed pair of Vaidya and opener Deepti Sharma (54) took control and put India on the road to a match winning score.
The two 19-year-olds put on 123 for the second wicket, with Player of the Match Vaidya stroking 11 fours off 103 balls in only her second ODI.
Sharma smashed four fours and one six off 96 balls while Skipper Raj then played herself in and knocked up an unbeaten 70 off 62 deliveries for her 41st ODI half century.
Meanwhile South Africa hammered Pakistan by 63 runs in another fixture played at the NCC Grounds in Maitland Place.
South Africa rallied around through a fine half century from Chloe Tryon (79) to pile up 258 for nine and then restricted Pakistan to 195 for six in 50 overs.
In addition, Bangladesh trounced Papua New Guinea by 118 runs at the CCC Grounds in Maitland Crescent while Ireland outplayed Zimbabwe by 119 runs at the MCA Grounds in Wijerama Mawatha.
At P. Sara Stadium (India beat Sri Lanka by 114 runs)
India: 259/4 in 50 overs (Devika Vaidya 89, Mithali Raj 70, Deepti Sharma 54, Udeshika Prabodhani 2/56)
Sri Lanka: 145/8 in 50 overs (Hasini Perera 34, Chamari Atapattu 30).
At NCC Grounds (South Africa beat Pakistan by 63 runs)
South Africa: 258/9 in 50 overs (Chloe Tryon 79, Mignon du Preez 40, Marizanne Kapp 38, Nashra Sandhu 3/51)
Pakistan: 195/6 in 50 overs (Nain Abidi 62, Sana Mir 38 n. o, Nahida Khan 35).
At CCC Grounds (Bangladesh beat Papua New Guinea by 118 runs)
Bangladesh: 215/6 in 50 overs (Harmin Akhter 56, Fargana Hoque 51)
PNG: 97 in 32.1 overs (Pauke Siaka 32, Rumana Ahmed 2/13, Salma Khatun 2/14, Panna Ghosh 2/20, Jahanara Alam 2/27).
At MCA Grounds (Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 119 runs)
Ireland: 237/6 in 50 overs (Kim Garth 63, Laura Delany 47, Clare Shillington, Josephine Nkomo 2/46, Nomatter Mutasa 2/53)
Zimbabwe: 118 all out in 37.5 overs (Ashley Ndiraya 35, Kim Garth 3/24, Ciara Metcalfe 3/38, Amy Kenealy 2/19).