Taniya Bhatia and Mansi Joshi starred as India clinched a nervy 7-run win to capture the one day international series against Sri Lanka in Galle on Thursday.India defended 219 in the second match to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.India also earned two additional points as the match is a part of the ICC Women’s Championship.Batting first, India were all out for 219 in 50 overs on a slow track where young wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia’s 68 off 66 balls turned out to be a match-winning knock.In reply, the visitors bowled out the hosts for 212 in 48.1 overs with seamer Mansi Joshi taking 3/51 and left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad chipping in with 2/37.Earlier, the Indians failed to get going primarily due to slow batting from veteran skipper Mithali Raj, who consumed 121 balls to score 52 with four boundaries.Mithali simply couldn’t keep the scoreboard ticking as she failed to find the gaps during the middle overs. Coming to bat in the fifth over, she was finally dismissed in the 39th over, after which the Indian innings gained some momentum.It was youngsters Taniya and Dayalan Hemlatha (35 off 31 balls), who propped up the scoreboard, taking the team closer to the 220-run mark.It could have been more but India lost four wickets in the final over with part-time seamer Chamari Atapattu taking three for 42.Opener Atapattu (57 off 95 balls) and Shashikala Siriwardene (49) added 89 runs for the fourth wicket to keep the islanders afloat.However, Siriwardene was run-out and Mansi took a return catch to dismiss Atapattu, as Sri Lanka were reduced to 134 for five from 129 for three.advertisementIn the lower order, Damayanthi De Silva (31 off 19 balls) kept their hopes alive, hitting two fours and two sixes, while adding 40 runs for the eighth wicket with Kalua Prabodhani (7).At 205 for seven in 46.3 overs, Sri Lanka needed 15 runs from 21 deliveries with three wickets in hand.But Gayakwad cleaned up Prabodhani and Mansi got Damayanthi to edge one to Taniya behind the stumps to make it 207 for nine.With only eight required off the last two overs, Mithali asked off-spinner Deepti Sharma to bowl the penultimate over. Last batter Inoka Ranaweera was stumped by Bhatia as she went for a wild slog, giving India victory.Brief Scores: India 219 in 50 overs (Tanya Bhatia 68 off 66 balls, Mithali Raj 52 off 121 balls). Sri Lanka 212 in 48.1 overs (Chamari Atapattu 57, Shashikala Sriwardene 49, Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2/37, Mansi Joshi 3/51). India won by 7 runs.(With inputs from PTI)
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) is pleased to announce the 2014 national winners of the 39th Annual Gracie Awards.The awards will be presented at a black-tie Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Local market, public, digital and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracies Awards Luncheon on June 11, 2014 in New York. For a list of winners, click here.In preparation for the awards Gala, Gracie Award statues are being engraved for such accomplished women such as Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Jane Fonda (The Newsroom), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) and Robin Roberts (Good Morning America), and in recognition of such dynamic programming and talent as ABC’s Scandal, CBS News’s 60 Minutes, SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Julia Cunningham, Warner Horizon Television/NBC’s The Voice, TBS/Cougar Town’s Christa Miller, OWN’s Oprah’s Lifeclass, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, HBO’s Veep and BBC America/Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany — representing a broad cross-section of outstanding actors, reporters, stories and programs.The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features and other programs.“The Gracie Awards recognize women who have created inspiring, intelligent and innovative media,” said 2014 AWMF Chair Kay Olin. “The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s signature event is a wonderful celebration of the important contributions women make to all areas of the media industry.”The Gracies are presented by the AWM Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AWM which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public and women in the media. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, public service, documentary and sports.Supporting the Gracies is synonymous with supporting women’s achievements in all facets of media and entertainment. Reserve your table and demonstrate your commitment to the AWM Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit charity. Sponsored tables are available ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. For more information, please contact AWMF at (703) 506-3290.For more information about the 2014 Gracies, please click here. For the most up-to-date, insider information, follow the Gracie Awards on Twitter @thegracies.