India Women will look to continue their good run of form for the rest of the series    AFP (File Photo)
India Women will look to continue their good run of form for the rest of the series AFP (File Photo)

The Mithali Raj-led India Women completed a comprehensive win by 10 wickets over Ireland Women in Match 2 of the Quadrangular series at Potchefstroom. Deepti Sharma was excellent with both bat and ball as her efforts guided India to an easy win after being set a target of 97 by Ireland. Deepti scored a 45-ball-fifty, remaining unbeaten on 51 off 47 in the end. She was also the pick of the Indian bowlers, ending with figures of 3 for 20. Deepti was well supported by Ekta Bisht (3 for 24) with the ball and then by Poonam Raut (46*) with the bat. India will now take on hosts South Africa in their second match of the tournament on Tuesday. Live Cricket Score, Women’s Quadrangular series 2017, IND W vs IRE W, SA W vs ZIM W: IND, SA win

Ireland not only made a very slow start, but also lost wickets at regular intervals. They lost half their side for just 53 in the 31st over of the match and never recovered in the latter stage of the innings as well. Jennifer Gray top scored for Ireland with 24 off 38. Gaby Lewis too tried her best to get going, but could only manage 20 off 46. India were disciplined with their bowling, giving away just five extra runs.

Earlier, Ireland had also lost their warm-up match against South Africa by a huge margin. Ireland Women will now hope to put up a better show against Zimbabwe in their next game on Tuesday. Earlier, India Women won the toss and elected to bowl first. Ireland handed out ODI debuts to four players Aoife Beggs, Lara Martiz, Leah Paul and Rachel Delany.

Brief scores:

Ireland Women 96 in 44.4 overs (Gaby Lewis 20, Jennifer Gray 24; Ekta Bisht 3 for 24, Deepti Sharma 3 for 20) lost to India Women 99 for no loss in 18.4 overs (Deepti Sharma 51*, Poonam Raut 46*) by 10 wickets.