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Mithali’s career-best not enough

In fine fettle: Mithali Raj excelled with a century and a 100-plus stand with Smriti Mandhana in the third ODI against Sri Lanka.

In fine fettle: Mithali Raj excelled with a century and a 100-plus stand with Smriti Mandhana in the third ODI against Sri Lanka.   | Photo Credit: AP

India loses third ODI to Sri Lanka

Skipper Mithali Raj’s career-best knock of 125 not out went in vain as Sri Lanka shocked India by three wickets in the inconsequential third and final women’s One-day International, here on Sunday. India had already sealed the series by winning the first two ODIs.

In the third India failed to defend 253 for five, built around Mithali’s unbeaten 125 and opener Smriti Mandhana’s 51. They shared a 102-run stand for the second wicket after Jemimah Rodrigues made an early exit. Mithali’s seventh ODI hundred and first in 14 months, came off 143 balls with 14 fours and a six.

Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Attapattu’s century though counted — her 115 runs and a gutsy 101-run stand with fellow opener Hasini Perera (45) set the tone for the chase.

There were a few hiccups after the two batswomen returned to the pavilion as the Indian bowlers made in-roads but tail-ender Kavisha Dilhari held her nerve to push Sri Lanka past the finish line with a ball to spare.

Sri Lanka needed six from the final over. Coming out to bat at number nine, Kavisha smashed a four off the penultimate ball bowled by Deepti Sharma to earn a consolation win for the hosts.

Jhulan Goswami and Mansi Joshi took two wickets each to rip through the Lankan middle order but their effort proved insufficient in the end.

The five-match Twenty20 series between the two teams will begin on Wednesday at the same venue.

The scores: India 253 for five in 50 overs (Smriti Mandhana 51, Mithali Raj 125 n.o., Deepti Sharma 38) lost to Sri Lanka 257 for seven in 49.5 overs (Chamari Attapattu 115, Hasini Perera 45).

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