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Anjum, Hemalata recovery helps India to victory

Published: Monday, December 11, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Christchurch: The Indian women seem to be suffering under a psychological pressure perhaps because of the two losses to Australia and New Zealand in the league matches of the Women's World Cup 2000. The Indians made heavy weather of beating minnows Ireland by 30 runs at the Hagley Park on Monday.Sent in to bat by Ireland skipper Miriam Grealey, the Indians found themselves in deep trouble as they lost three wickets with just four runs on the board. Anjum Chopra and Hemlata Kala then added 92 invaluable runs for the fourth wicket to put the Indian innings back on the rails.Skipper Anju Jain continued her poor batting form to be bowled by Barbara McDonald for a duck. Former captain Purnima Rau was run out for one and in-form Chandrakanta Kaul was lbw to Catherine O'Neill as the Indians were looking down the wrong end of the barrel.Anjum and Hemalata then involved in the rescue mission and India finally managed to post 199 for nine in 50 overs. Anjum top scored on 70 runs from 122 balls with seven hits to the fence. While Hemalata made 40 runs (84 balls, four fours), Smita Harikrishna contributed a quick fire 34 (30 balls, three fours).The Indian running between the wickets too left a lot to be desired and there were three run outs in the innings. Cahterine O'Neill was the most successful bowler for Ireland with her three-wicket haul from 10 overs in which she conceded 33 runs.Ireland started confidently with the opening pair of Cliodhna Sharp and Anna Linehan adding 37 runs. But they began to lose wickets regularly thereafter to be bowled out for 169 runs in 47.2 overs. Ireland also did not acquit themselves well in running between the wickets and lost four wickets to run outs. Rupanjali Shastri was the most successful bowler for India as she claimed two wickets conceding 33 runs from nine overs one of which was a maiden.

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