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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Indian Women knocked out of ICC World Cup 2013


The 2013 Women's Cricket World Cup, the 10th Women's Cricket World Cup,  is underway,  being hosted by India for the third time. India previously hosted the World Cup in 1978 and 1997.   India played perfect hosts losing out ~ there were only 4 teams in each Group and one thought 3 teams advancing to super Six was simple – it was not to be for India

This tournament has seen runs being plundered. Thirush Kamini made the first ton for India in an ODI; Stefanie Taylor made 180; Harmanpreet Kaur made 143 but still India lost to England.   Yesterday  it was another worst performance ~ an  embarrassing 138-run loss to Sri Lanka  that ensured that hosts India were knocked out of the ICC Women’s World Cup at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai. It was also the first time Sri Lanka have beaten India in 18 ODI encounters.

Srilankan batswoman made merry and contained India to just 144; it was a match where India could have gone through despite losing — but they needed to score at least 251 runs to ensure their passage to the Super Six on account of a better net run-rate; India was never on way to that after a disastrous start. India had a fine start, dismissing Chamari Atapattu on just the fifth ball of the day but Deepika Rasangika and Yasoda Mendis led the recovery with a 117-run partnership; later lankan  skipper Shashikala Siriwardene and  Mendis  added more runs; Eshani Kaushalya rubbed more with a great 56 runs (not out) consisting  of six fours and three sixes.

India will now play Pakistan in the seventh place playoff. Sure a target of 283 would bemuse any team; that India allowed so much and did not get even closer contributed to their exit.  Perhaps the decision to keep out the top wicket-taker Nagarajan Nilanjana who was expensive was one of the reasons.

In Group A : England and Sri Lanka qualified to their points; while West Indies beat India by better net run rate.  In the other group Australia got 6 points; New Zealand 4; and South Africa 2.  Pak lost all their 3 matches and hence did not qualify.

Sad for the Indian womens
With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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