MELBOURNE, Feb 29: Spinner Radha Yadav flummoxed the rival batting line-up with a career-best 4/23 before Shafali Verma�s blistering 34-ball 47 powered India to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the ICC Women�s T20 World Cup here on Saturday.
Opting to bat, Sri Lanka were restricted to a modest 113 for nine in their final Group A match with left-arm spinner Radha (4/23) running through the rivals� batting line-up, including claiming the prized scalp of skipper Chamari Atapattu.
Shafali, then, top-scored as India chased down the target in just 14.4 overs.
The win meant India entered the semifinals with an all-win record. This was India�s fourth successive victory in the tournament as the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side consolidated their position on top of the group with eight points.
The 16-year-old Shafali, who was dropped twice in the second and fourth over, hit seven fours and a six in her knock but was unable to reach her maiden fifty for the second time in the tournament, getting run-out in the 11th over.
She had scored 46 against New Zealand in her previous outing.
Kaur and opener Smriti Mandhana again squandered their good starts, departing for 15 and 17, respectively.
Sri Lanka: Umesha Thimashini c Gayakwad b Deepti Sharma 2, Chamari Atapattu c Shikha Pandey b Radha Yadav 33, Harshitha Madavi b Gayakwad 12, Hansima Karunaratne c Krishnamurthy b Radha Yadav 7, Hasini Perera c Taniya Bhatia b Radha Yadav 7, Shashikala Siriwardene c Krishnamurthy b Gayakwad 13, Nilakshi de Silva c Harmanpreet Kaur b Poonam Yadav 8, Anushka Sanjeewani lbw b Radha Yadav 1, Kavisha Dilhari not out 25, Sathya Sandeepani b Shikha Pandey 0, Udeshika Prabodhani not out 2. Extras: LB-1,W-2) 3. Total: (For 9 wickets in 20 Overs) 113. Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-42, 3-48, 4-58, 5-75, 6-78, 7-80, 8-104, 9-104. Bowling: Deepti Sharma 4-0-16-1, Shikha Pandey 4-0-35-1, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 4-1-18-2, Poonam Yadav 4-0-20-1, Radha Yadav 4-0-23-4.
India: Shafali Verma run out (Kavisha Dilhari/Anushka Sanjeewani) 47, Smriti Mandhana c Kavisha Dilhari b Prabodhani 17, Harmanpreet Kaur c Hansima Karunaratne b S Siriwardene 15, Jemimah Rodrigues not out 15, Deepti Sharma not out 15. Extras: (B-4,W-3) 7. Total: (For 3 wickets, 14.4 overs) 116. Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-81, 3-88. Bowling: Udeshika Prabodhani 4-0-13-1, Shashikala Siriwardene 4-0-42-1, Sathya Sandeepani 1-0-11-0, Chamari Atapattu 2-0-21-0, Kavisha Dilhari 3-0-18-0, Umesha Thimashini 0.4-0-7-0. � PTI