Twenty20: Asian women thrash Africa by 60 runs

Published: Wednesday, June 6, 2007, 2:31 [IST]
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Bangalore:Superb bowling by medium pacers Rumeli Dhar (4/8) and Jhulan Goswami (3/8) spearheaded Asia to a commanding 60-run win over Africa dismissing the latter for just 45 runs in the Twenty20 match for Afro-Asian Cup for Women at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here today.

Setting a challenging target of 106, the two Asian medium pacers struck in tandem from their very first over and never allowed Africa to recover. The visitors were bundled out in 15 overs as Assamese lass Julhan, considered the fastest woman bowler in the world, struck in the very third ball claiming Margaret Banja's wicket. Thereafter, wickets fell like nine pins as Africa were reduced to 30 for six by the Indian new ball duo.

Middle order batswoman Alicia Smith tried to stem the rot with a dogged unbeaten 23 off 27 balls incuding two fours. However, she ran out of partners as wickets continued to fall at the other end. None of the batswoman except Alicia could manage a double figure score.

Priti Dimri, who mesmerised Africans with her leg spin, claimed two wickets for just five runs to mop up Africas innings.

Earlier, Asia scored 105 runs with opener Sulakshana Naik producing a fighting knock of 31. Some lusty hitting by tailenders Kumarihami (22 n.o.) and Urooj Mumtaz (18) helped Asia cross the psychological barrier three figures mark.

A hostile spell of medium pace bowling by left-handed Ashlyn Petro (3/16) and Milo Thandolwenkos (2/20) had put Asia in a tricky situation at 4/44 but the tailenders rescued the hosts.

Brief Scores: Asia XI 105/9 in 20 overs (Sulakshana Naik 31, Rumeli Dhar 14, Urooj Mumtaz Khan 18, PRCS Kumarihami 22, Ashlyn Petro 3/16, Milo Thandolwenkos 2/20) beat Africa XI 45 all out in 15 overs (Alicia Smith n.o., 23, Julan Goswami 3/8, Rumeli Dhar 4/8, Prithi Dimri 2/5, HASD Siriwardene 1/1).


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