India thump SL by 107 runs in first ODI

<> on August 21, 2014 in Scarborough, England.

Fifties from Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur, followed by Poonam Yadav’s four-wicket haul shaped India Women’s 107-run rout of Sri Lanka Women in the first ODI in Ranchi.

After being inserted, Mandhana anchored the first half of the innings with an 81-ball 55 that included eight fours. After she fell at the end of the 27th over, Harmanpreet took charge of the innings with her 61-ball 50. Captain Mithali Raj also chipped in with a handy 49 that helped lift India to 245 for 6.

In response, the only form of resistance the India bowlers faced was from Prasadani Weerakkody, who made a slow 69. Sri Lanka were well-placed at 122 for 3, but the India bowlers, led by Poonam, cut through their middle and lower order, as the visitors suffered a collapse that saw their last seven wickets fall for just 16 runs.