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Published: Saturday, February 1, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: India lost its third league encounter on Saturday to Australia by 59 runs thereby enabling Australia (Southern Stars) to top the table at the end of the first leg of league matches. Australia set India a target of 217 after having chosen to take first strike. It was the Indian spinners who tied down the otherwise rampant Aussies, who at one stage looked like rattling up a score of 240 and thereabout.For the Southern Stars it was once again Karen Rolton, who was at the core of things. Her innings of 68 of 82 balls held the Aussies' innings, which looked like running into trouble after Neetu David struck twice to send back Melanie Jones (73/2 - 15.3 overs) and Belinda Clark (96/3 - 21.2 overs).Southern Stars ran into further trouble when they lost the wicket of Michelle Gosko dismissed by Jhulan Goswami (105/4 - 26.4 overs).However, Roltons presence in the middle meant India was still in for a lot of work and sure enough Rolton made India toil to cause further dents on the Aussie battingcard. Normally an attacking cricketer, wise-enough, Rolton changed her approach to drop anchor and take Australia to a defendable total. Rolton in the company of Blackwell posted 74 runs for the fifth wicket before Blackwell departed in the 44 over. Thereafter, Rolton and the rest departed in quick time (mostly run out), in an effort to up the tempo, but not before seeing the Southern Stars to a total of 216. For India David and Jhulan picked up two wickets apiece with Goyal being the most economical at 10-0-28-1.India was looking pretty solid as long as skipper Anjum Chopra (32 off 61) and batting sensation Mithali Raj (36 off 51) were at the crease but once they departed things fell apart and it was left up to the tail to prop up things at the end. Chopra departed in the 21st over when India was looking solid at 78 for one when Hayes trapped her plumb in front (78/2). The fall of wickets later read 84/3 (Paranjpe, 24.4 overs), 93/4 (Raj, 28.4 overs), 107/5 (Rumeli, 35.6 overs), 109/6 (Babita, 37.4 overs), 113/7 (Reema, 40.1 overs), 123/8 (Goswami, 42.4 overs).The spin twins David and Nooshin al-Khadeer then joined hands to strike a flurry of boundaries to take India past the 150 mark.Nooshin 21 off 21 balls inclusive of 5 fours was the last to depart at 151 caught behind off Cathryn Fitzpatrick in what turned out to be a historic dismissal, handing Fitzpatrick her 100th ODI haul. Fitzpatrick is the first women cricketer to reach a 100 wickets in One-dayers.
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