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Bisht shines with hat-trick in India’s play-off victory

Bisht shines with hat-trick in India’s play-off victory
Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht ripped apart the Sri Lankan lower-order with a hat-trick as India outplayed the hosts by nine wickets in the play-off match of the ICC World Women Twenty20 to ensure their participation in the next edition of the tournament in 2014.

India restricted Sri Lanka to a modest 100 for eight after Bisht claimed a hat-trick in the last over in which the hosts lost four wickets and scored just three runs. Chamari Atapattu was the top-scorer for the home team with her 28-run knock. Skipper Shashikala Siriwardene [23] was the other major contributor for Sri Lanka.

Chasing 101 to win, Poonam Raut [45] and skipper Mithali Raj [28] shared an unbeaten 64-run second-wicket stand to guide the side to its very first win of the tournament. India lost all three Group matches  and had to beat Sri Lanka to play in the next World Cup. Sri Lanka were struggling at 99 for four when Bisht came to bowl the last over. She first dismissed Dualani Surangika [10] and then caught Yasoda Mendis [10] off her own bowling in the next ball. Eshani Kaushalya [0] could not survive the hat-trick ball as she was caught by Jhulan Goswami. PTI
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