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Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by five wickets in ICC Women's WC Qualifier

Kristopher Love | 17 February, 2017, 01:41

Mona Meshram and captain Mithali Raj both scored half-centuries as India registered their fifth successive win at the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier at the P Sara Oval, Colombo on Wednesday.

After beating Ireland comfortably in the opening Super Six match Bangladesh will be desperately looking to clinch a victory to brighten their chances of playing the semifinal.

Asked to bat first, India got off to a slow start, scoring only 14 off the first 10 overs but the complexion of the game changed once Raj came to the crease.

To storm the ICC Women's World Cup, Bangladesh have to stay in the top four of the points table after the Super League battles to join with defending champion Australia, England, New Zealand and the West Indies who have qualified automatically after finishing in the top four of the ICC Women's Championship.

For India, Meshram and Raj stitched together a 96-run stand for the second wicket after opener Deepi Sharma was dismissed for nine.

South Africa's reply suffered some early setbacks and they were reduced to 41 for three in the 19th over as openers Lizelle Lee (one) and Laura Wolvaardt (zero) as well as former captain Mignon du Preez (15) could not do much.

Despite brilliant 64 and 63-run knocks by Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan respectively, the Women in Green were unable to stop a rampant Sri Lanka side that was propelled by Eshani Kaushalya's 65-run blitz that included eight boundaries.

Inoka Ranaweera and Chamari Polgampola grabbed two wickets apiece.

South Africa sit at the bottom of the log by virtue of a low net run rate.