Jhulan and Amita give Indian women 2-0 lead

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Published: Thursday, July 5, 2012, 10:56 [IST]
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Jhulan and Amita give India 2-0 lead

Taunton, Jul 5: Amita Sharma and Jhulan Goswami helped Indian women snatch a 14-run victory over England women in a low-scoring second One Day International on Wednesday.

The success at the County Ground gave India a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

After being sent into bat, India were in a precarious position at 28/5. That further worsened to be reduced to 71/9. However Amita and Gouher Sultana gave India a chance to fight by pushing the score past the 100-run mark.

Amita and Sultana associated for 58 runs in 15.1 overs. This partnership proved very effective for the visitors. India were bowled out for 129 in 47.5 overs.

Amita remained unbeaten on 42 while Sultana made 22. The 29-year-old right-hander Amita hit two boundaries in her 87-ball knock. Sultana faced 53 deliveries for her 22 which contained one hit to the fence.

England new ball bowler Katherine Brunt took four for 20 in 10 overs with three maidens. However, her brilliant spell could not win the game for the hosts.

Chasing 130, England would have thought of winning with ease. But Jhulan had other ideas. The tall India fast bowler had four wickets to her name in a fine bowling spell of 8.2 overs. She conceded just 17 runs with two maidens.

Sultana added two scalps to go with her earlier contribution with the bat. She had bowling figures of 2/30 in 10 overs with two maidens.

Legspinner Veda Krishnamurthy was superb with five maidens off her 10 overs. She finished with 2/14.

England slumped to 43/4 and further 89/9. The last pair of Danielle Wyatt (19 not out) and Georgia Elwiss (10) took them closer but fell short by 14 runs as they were all out for 115 in 47.2 overs.

Tammy Beaumont was the topscorer for England with 31 runs. The next best was 20 from Jenny Gunn.

Brunt, speaking to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) website, said: "It was a bad loss for us today, we're very disappointed with our performance. I think we performed well up front; Georgia Elwiss bowled very well, she bowled tight and picked up some key wickets."

"I was delighted with the start but obviously very disappointed with the second half. We allowed the Indians into the game with that final wicket stand which we should have got on top of, and we didn't take our chances," she added.

She said that batting was "disappointing." "It was a disappointing batting performance, we were well below our usual standard. We would usually back ourselves to knock off 130 comfortably. We are all fighters and return tomorrow to put things right."

In the first ODI, captain Mithali Raj had struck an unbeaten 94 to guide India to a five-wicket victory. Now, both teams will face off on July 5, Thursday in the third ODI at the same venue.

Brief Scores: Indian women 129 all out in 47.5 overs (Amita Sharma 42 not out, Gouher Sultana 22, Harmanpreet Kaur 21, Katherine Brunt 4/20, Georgia Elwiss 2/19, Laura Marsh 2/28) beat England women 115 all out in 47.2 overs (Tammy Beaumont 31, Jenny Gunn 20, Danielle Wyatt 19 not out, Jhulan Goswami 4/17, Gouher Sultana 2/30, Veda Krishnamurthy 2/14).


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