Beleaguered India knocked out of tri-series

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Durham: India was on Wednesday knocked out of the triangular One-day series when it lost to New Zealand by five wickets. India's defeat meant that England with three points is now assured of a berth in the final along side New Zealand.

The last encounter between host England and India on July 19 now is reduced to one of academic interest. Opting to take first strike India, yet again, got off to a bad start losing make shift opener Sulakshana Naik in the third over to have the scoreboard reading three for One. Pullar inducing her to edge one to second slip. Skipper Anjum then joined Jaya Sharma (17), who steadied the innings before New Zealand struck two vital blows. Jaya Sharma, who was shaping well, edged one to Rolls off Tiffen to reduce India to 39 for two. In the very next over Pulford struck. Anjum (11) trying to play one across her pads was trapped lbw. India now was struggling at 39 for three. Mithali Raj and Mamatha Maben then steadied things to an extent taking the team's total to 77 before Pullar, who was brought back struck twice in one over. She first dismissed Maben (16) and three balls later had Hemalatha Kala caught behind. India 77 for five. From then on it was the usual story with the lower order failing to offer any resistance. India was bundled out for a paltry 95. Mithali Raj top scored with 28. In reply, New Zealand which looked to be coasting at 40 for no loss lost four wickets for the same score - Neetu David triggering off a semi-collapse. In one over Neetu David sent back three New Zealanders to give India a semblance of hope. She first had Payne caught behind and then off the very next ball had Pulford caught behind too. She almost had skipper Drumm on her third ball, however she trapped her lbw off the very next ball to finish off the over with three wickets. Arundhati Kirkire then trapped opener Rolls plumb in front to reduce New Zealand to 40 for four. However Tiffen, who is one of the top all-rounders in the world, held fort for the Kiwis to take them home to victory. Tiffen smacked 30 unbeaten runs to guide her team to safety. McGlashan made 21 before she was run out by Maben with one run required for victory. Rachel Pullar who broke India's back with three for 10 was adjudged player-of-the- match.

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