Proteas Women lose to India in World Cup qualifier

Yolanda Curtis
February 17, 2017

To sum up Friday's clashes, India Eves meet Bangladesh Women in Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo, marking as the fifth game of the round.

India captain Mithali Raj starred in what was seen as a high-profile match since India and South Africa had topped their respective groups and carried a maximum of four points from the preliminary league to the second stage in which they play teams from the other preliminary group. Sri Lanka have been on a roll since their defeat at the hands of India in the very first match of the tournament.

The top four from the Super Six qualify not only for the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 but also for the ICC Women's Championship. South Africa struck early, Deepti Sharma falling for just nine before Meshram and Raj put on a 96-run partnership for the second wicket. They were reduced to 41 for three in the 19th over as openers Lizelle Lee (1) and Laura Wolvaardt (0) as well as former captain Mignon du Preez (15) could not do much.

Some lower order contributions from Veda Krishnamurthy, Devika Vaidya and Shikha Pandey helped India past the 200-run mark, eventually ending their innings on 205-8 from 50 overs. Pace bowler Shikha Pandey and left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht, who shared the new ball, finished with four and three wickets.

In the 3rd and last super league match Bangladesh will face host Sri Lanka at NCC on Sunday.

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