Colombo: Parameshwori Devi scored a brace as defending Champions India routed hosts Sri Lanka 5-0 to brighten their semifinal chances in the Women's SAFF Championship, here on Sunday.

India had earlier defeated Bangladesh 3-0 in their opening encounter.

In a one-sided match, India were clearly the dominating force. They seized the initiative right from the kick-off and surged into the lead in the 16th minute through Suprava Samal in the 16th minute.

Reena Roy Devi doubled the score in the 22nd minute as India went into the interval enjoying a two-goal cushion.

Changing over, Parameshwori scored twice, first in the 50th mintue and then in the 65th. Pinky Bompal completed the rout in the 52nd minute.

India who have six points from two matches next play Bhutan on Tuesday.

(Agencies)

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