Mithali Raj & Co to start favourite against Lankan ladies

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India will look to continue its winning streak when it takes on Sri Lanka in a group stage match of the ICC Women's World Cup at the County Cricket ground here on Wednesday. The Indian team is in red hot form after successive and consecutively wins over England, West Indies and Pakistan so now the team India captures the top positions in the table of the game.

However, Raj is more concerned about India's batting and is keen for her side to build partnerships when it faces Sri Lanka.

Chasing 233, Sri Lanka never looked in the contention as they lost their wickets at regular intervals.

After the dismissal of Deepti in the 37th over, Jhulan Goswami (9), who was promoted up the order, and Mithali to fell in sucessive balls of Inoka Ranaweera's 39th over to put brakes on India's scoring.

Shashikala Siriwardene and Dilani Manodara added 60 runs for the fourth wicket to keep their side in the hunt.

Sri Lanka then lost way with Manodara playing a lone hand.

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The batting unit, which hesitates in the last match against Pakistan and now the match, is all set to play with the team India too.

India: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma and Poonam. There are no injury concerns otherwise the ratio of wicket taking is also in as offer, India might tweak their bowling attack for that reason. After a poor start by the top order batswomen, Deepti and Mithali forged a 118-run third-wicket partnership in 26 overs to stabilise the Indian innings.

Sripali Weerakkody took three wickets for Sri Lanka while Inoka Ranaweera grabbed two wickets.

Atapattu scored her first century in 2011, followed by two in 2014 against Ireland and South Africa, respectively, before setting up her recent record of second highest individual score in the history of World Cup.

Sri Lanka: Sri Lankans have been struggling in both batting and bowling.

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