Jaya Sharma guides Indian eves to victory

Published: Friday, December 5, 2003, 16:12 [IST]
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Mumbai: Aided by an attractive 60 off 89 balls by opener Jaya Sharma, the Indian women cricket team upset world champions New Zealand by five wickets in the first One-day International cricket match at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. After the visitors made 191 for six in the stipulated 50 overs, the Indians romped home in the 49th over. Earlier, in the morning the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first on an easy paced wicket. Despite useful contributions from Kate Pulford (31 off 60 balls 2x4), Haidee Tiffen (57 off 84 balls, 4x4) and left-hander Aimee Mason (34 off 35 balls, 5x4) they could score 191 for six. The Kiwis were in real trouble losing four wickets for 96 runs in 35 overs before Haidee and Aimee added 73 runs for the fifth wicket in just 12.3 overs to take the score near the 200-run mark. Indian skipper Mamatha Maben took two for 38 off her ten overs. Beginning their chase, the hosts were given a flying start by openers Anju Jain (26 off 42 balls) and Jaya Sharma, putting on 49 runs for the first wicket. After Anju Jain's dismissal in the 14th over, Jaya Sharma, found an able ally in left-hander Anjum Chopra (19 off 45 balls) and the two put on 55 runs for the second wicket off 13.3 overs to set the team on course for the win. Though the home side lost four more wickets, they reached the target with 11 balls to spare.

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