Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by five wickets in ICC Women's WC Qualifier
Feb 17 2017 by Joanne Wise
Indian women's cricket team qualified into the World Cup after they beat South Africa in the qualifiers by 49 runs.
Pakistan women conceded defeat in their inaugural match in the Super Six stage of the Women's World Cup Qualifier against Sri Lanka on Wednesday at Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo.
For India, Meshram and Raj stitched together a 96-run stand for the second wicket after opener Deepi Sharma was dismissed for nine. Raj scored 64 off 85 balls with 10 fours and Meshram got 55 off 85 balls with five fours and two sixes.
With a plenty to play for, Sri Lanka meet South Africa in a quest to maintain winning form.
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From being table-toppers in the opening round to lying at the bottom in Super Six, South Africa will be eager to turn the tables.
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. "It also gives us time to assess what all we are not doing right so that we can improve on those aspects in the coming matches".
Following the dismissals of the two in the 16 and 18 over respectively, wicketkeeper Prasadani Weerakkody (45) and Kaushalya took the reins and registered an 88-run partnership to make Sri Lanka's win all but imminent. Four teams will qualify for the main event.