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Skipper Mithali Raj played a captain's knock by smashing a superb 54 to steer India to a 29-run win against Sri Lanka in the Women's Cricket Asia Tournament in Dambulla on Saturday.

Mithali's 63-ball knock, aided by nine boundaries, and a valuable contribution by Priyanka Roy (44) helped India post 227 for 8 in 50 overs after electing to bat.

In reply, Sri Lankan eves, who looked in good touch as they reached 132-3 in 37 overs, could not finish the job for their team and were bowled out for 198 in 49.5 overs. Opener Dedunu Silva scored a brilliant 87-ball 74 but in vain.

Earlier, Mithali played an anchor's role, stitching the Indian innings together after her team was reduced to 98 for 3. The captain, along with debutant Priyanka, added 62 runs for the fourth wicket after a 62-run first wicket stand between Karu Jain (29) and Jaya Sharma (27).

A disciplined bowling attack lead by fast bowler Rumeli Dhar, who picked 3-28, and some good bowling by debutant off-spinner Pujare Seema (3-41) and left-arm spinner Neetu David (2-33) dented the hopes of the Lankans.

In another match, an all-round performance by Salma Khatun, who bagged 2-18 and scored an unbeaten 53 and a four-wickets haul by off-spinner Tithy Sarkar helped Bangladesh to register a shocking win over Pakistan.
 
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