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Hapless eves crash out of WC

India were tonight knocked out of the ICC Women's World Cup after suffering an upset 138-run drubbing at the hands of Sri Lanka in a crucial Group A encounter. Chasing a challenging total of 283, the hosts put up a pathetic show to be bowled out for 144 in 42.2 overs at Brabourne Stadium.

Incidentally, this was India's first defeat to Sri Lanka in 18 matches, having won their previous 16 encounters with one ending in no result.

India lost three wickets for 38 runs in the 13th over, which included opener Poonam Raut, skipper Mithali Raj and last match centurion Harmanpreet Kaur. Kaur failed to score a run, while Raut (5), Raj (20) were trapped leg before by Eshani Kaushalya and Udeshika Prabodhini, respectively. The India skipper shone briefly with the bat, striking four fours in the 35 minutes she spent in the middle.

The hosts reached 50 in 17 overs and it was always going to be an uphill task from there on, and they lost left-handed opener Thirushkamini Murugesan at the same score, adding to the woes. The middle-order failed to forge a partnership and things plummeted for India as they kept losing wickets in quick succession. Reema Malhotra was the top scorer with 38.

India needed at least 251 runs to edge out West Indies by virtue of having a better net run-rate and enter the Super 6 stage. Sri Lankan skipper Shashikala Siriwardene and Chamani Seneviratne bagged two wickets each.
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