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Mithali Raj Wary of Sri Lankan Prowess Ahead of Bilateral Series

Cricketnext Staff |September 10, 2018, 5:45 PM IST
Mithali Raj Wary of Sri Lankan Prowess Ahead of Bilateral Series

Despite being ranked four spots above them in the rankings, India’s ODI captain Mithali Raj is wary of Sri Lanka ahead of the three-match ODI series starting on Tuesday in Galle. The Women’s World Cup 2017 finalists are currently placed sixth with four points after six matches in the Women's Championship Standings. Both their wins came in a 2-1 series win over South Africa, while Sri Lanka are yet to earn a point after completing their engagements against Pakistan and the West Indies.

The ICC Women’s Championship involves eight sides, Windies, South Africa, Australia, England, Pakistan and leaders New Zealand being the other six, taking on each other in a series of three ODIs, home and away. Post the ODIs, both sides will move on to preparing for the Women’s World T20 event with a number of T20Is scheduled.

"We have played Sri Lanka in the World Cup, in the Asia Cup and I should admit that it's a team that has grown from year to year," Raj said in Colombo. "Now the gap between the top teams and the bottom teams is narrowing because of the ICC Women's Championship."

Raj cited the example of Lanka skipper Chamari Athapaththu, to show Islanders’ progress. Athapaththu played a smashing knock of 178 against Australia in Women’s World Cup 2017, and also signed with Melbourne Renegades in Women’s Big Bash League last year.

"You do have a player here who is representing Sri Lanka in the Big Bash League," Raj said. "That in itself should show that you have a very strong team, but India definitely is very positive about our own performance on the field.”

India and Sri Lanka have played each other 26 times with India having won 24 of those matches. The series will be followed 5 T20Is that will serve as preparation for the World T20 in November.

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Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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