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Top order batting ensures India big victory

Published: Monday, December 4, 2000, 17:40 [IST]
 
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Christchurch: India registered an emphatic 154-run victory over The Netherlands in a league match of the Women's World Cup 2000 at the Hagley Oval on Saturday. This was India's second victory as they had beaten South Africa in their first match.The fine batting performance of the top order was the highlight of the Indian victory. The Indian batsmen contributed significantly as India scored a big 275 for four after being sent into bat. The Netherlands, in reply, were restricted to 121 for six.India were off to a solid start with skipper Anju Jain and Anjum Chopra adding 65 runs for the first wicket. Mithali Raj then continued her fine form as she was associated in a 101-run partnership with Anjum Chopra, who top scored on 69 runs off 113 balls with six fours.India then lost two quick wickets within the space of one run as Anjum and Mithali fell quickly. Mithali made 51 runs from just 55 balls with six hits to the fence. Hemalata Kala and Chandrakanta Kaul built on the fine performance to added 99 runs for the fourth wicket.Hemalata, who scored a quick fire 56 off just 40 balls with six fours, was bowled off the last ball by Cheraldine Oudolf. Chandrakanta remained unbeaten on 39 runs from 37 balls with three fours.The Netherlands lost opener Teuntje de Boer with just one run on the board when she was bowled by Renu Margrate. The Netherlands concentrated their efforts on keeping their wickets and in the process their scoring became very slow.Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and target also became daunting with every passing over. Top scorer Carly Verheul strung together small partnerships to ensure they batted the fully quota of 50 overs. Veheul was unbeaten on 46 runs (54 balls, eight fours), while captain Pauline te Beest made 33 runs (57 balls, six fours).

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