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India crush B'desh by nine wickets to qualify for Women's WC 2017

ANI  |  Colombo [Sri Lanka] 

Opener Mona Meshram and skipper Mithali Raj struck scorching half-centuries as booked their place in the upcoming Women World Cup 2017 after thrashing by nine wickets in their qualifying clash at Nondescripts Cricket Club here on Friday.

Chasing a target of 156 runs to win, Meshram smashed 12 boundaries in her unbeaten 78-run knock besides sharing a crucial 136-run stand for the second wicket with skipper Mithali to help come out victorious in just 99 balls to spare. India's final score read 158-1 at 33.3 overs.

Earlier, Indian bowlers restricted to a lowly total of 155-8, despite some brilliant efforts by Sharmin Akhter (unbeaten at 35) and Rumana Ahmed (unbeaten at 50).

While Mansi Joshi bagged three wickets, Devika Vaidya added two wickets in her account.

Shikha Pandey and Rajeshwari Gayakwad also chipped in with a wicket each.

With this win, women's team have now qualified for the main event.

India, who have won all their six qualifying games so far, will now take on their arch-rivals Pakistan in their Super-6 clash at P.Sara Oval on Sunday.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, February 17 2017. 16:53 IST
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