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...but women still on track

Even as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men were left licking their wounds after being knocked out of the ICC World Twenty20 ahead of the semifinal stage the Indian women's team moved from strength to strength.

cricket Updated: Jun 16, 2009 00:15 IST

Even as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men were left licking their wounds after being knocked out of the ICC World Twenty20 ahead of the semifinal stage the Indian women's team moved from strength to strength.

Sri Lanka chose to bat first in their encounter against India, but the toss was about the only thing that went in the favour of the women from the island nation. Medium pacer Amita Sharma struck the first blow, getting rid of Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Polgampola with only 8 on the board.

Rumeli Dhar then struck twice in quick succession, trapping Inoka Galagedara lbw and having Hiruka Fernando caught by Poonam Raut. Sri Lanka were reduced to 16 for 3 and were forced to rebuild. India's early strikes ensured that that the run rate was kept down, with just four boundaries being struck when the innings reached the fifteen-over mark.

If pace did the early damage the left-arm spin of Gouher Sultana kept the pressure on Sri Lanka. Sultana picked up 2 for 22 from her four overs and Sri Lanka had slumped to 55 for 5. In the end they could manage just 94 for 6 from their allotted 18 overs, a target that was unlikely to pose problems for the strong Indian batting line-up.