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Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy guide India to clean sweep over SL eves

Ranchi: Medium-pacer Deepti Sharma grabbed six wickets haul before Veda Krishnamurthy scored a half-century as India women completed 3-0 clean sweep after posting a comfortable seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI here yesterday.

Deepti followed up her four-for in the previous game with figures of six for 20 to bundle out Sri Lanka for a meagre 112 in 38.2 overs. India then crossed the target in just 29.3 overs with Veda Krishnamurthy top-scoring with an unbeaten 61.

Sri Lanka got off to a good start after electing to bat, with openers Yasoda Mendis (14) and Prasadani Weerakkody (19) adding 33 before Deepti took two wickets in two consecutive deliveries to trigger a dramatic collapse.

Although captain Shashikala Siriwardene (14) and Dilani Manodara (23) later combined for a 32-run sixth-wicket stand, wickets kept falling and Sri Lanka were ultimately bowled out for 112 from 94 for five at one stage.

Debutant Preeti Bose also put up an impressive show, returning figures of 8-4-8-2. India's chase started in a shaky fashion as the home team lost both openers Poonam Raut and Smriti Mandhana cheaply.

While Poonam was dismissed for a duck in the very first over, Mandhana was run-out soon after for six. Veda and Deepti (28) then consolidated the innings with the duo adding 70 in 109 balls to take India closer to the target.

India then cruised to the target with 123 balls to spare. Krishnamurthy remained not out on 61 off 90 balls that was studded eight fours.

Brief scores:
Sri Lanka Women: 112 all out in 38.2 overs (Dilani Manodara 23, Deepti Sharma 6/20). India Women: 114 for three in 29.3 overs (Veda Krishnamurthy 61 not out, Deepti Sharma 28).

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