Jain leads India women to third win

India Under-21 women 158 for 2 (Jain 59, Deshpande 57) beat Pakistan Women 157 (Hashmi 51, Qadeer 44) by 8 wickets

India's Under-21 women routed Pakistan women by eight wickets in the third one-day international in Lahore, taking an unbeaten 3-0 in the series, with one match still to be played.

India successfully chased a 158-run target after they bundled their opponents out for 157 in 38.5 overs. Pakistan, who went down by 33 runs and 30 runs respectively in the first two matches earlier in the week, once again failed to put up a big total. Only the captain Shamsa Hashmi with 51 and Taskeen Qadir, who hit 44, made an impact.

Shamsa, who scored 30 and 41 not out in the first two matches, hit six boundaries and the first six of the series, but received little support from her colleagues. Rumeli Dhar, Diana David and Soujanya Manukonda took two wickets apiece.

India reached their target in 32.5 overs with their captain Karuna Jain producing a brilliant 59 and Anagha Deshpande scoring an unbeaten 57.

Jain was thrilled with the performance: "It is fantastic to win but the matches were very hard fought. We were given tough fights in the first two matches."