Match report: Eng vs Ind (Women), 2nd ODI
Mumbai desk, July 4: India beat England by 14 runs in a low-scoring match to lead the five-match ODI series between the two sides 2-0.
Defending a small total, Jhulan Goswami bowled India to victory with a four-for; the pace bowler’s ended with sparkling figures of 8.2-2-17-4. She was ably supported by Veda Krishnamurthy and Gouhar Sultana who picked two wickets apiece as the English were skittled out for 115 in 47.2 overs.
Goswami got India off to a good start with a maiden first over and then dealt a double blow with the wickets of the host’s skipper Charlotte Edwards (0) and Sarah Taylor in the seventh over. 23 runs later, Sultana removed Arran Brindle; Knight was run out a few overs later. The left-arm spinner also picked the wicket of England’s leading run-scorer Tammy Beaumont for 31. At five for 77, the home team were in a better position than the visitors around the same stage, but the Indian bowlers kept them on a tight leash. N Niranjana, who went wicketless, and Krishnamurthy, who took two, bowled at an economy rate of less than two runs per over.
After Jhulan dismissed Jenny Gunn with England’s score on 83, the wickets fell in quick succession. Five runs later, Gunn was followed by Laura Marsh who fell to Archana Das. Then, with England on 89, Krishnamurthy was on a hat-trick with the wickets of Katherine Brunt and Danielle Hazell. With India one wicket away from victory, Goswami castled Georgia Elwiss to clinch it.
Earlier, opting to field first at the County Ground in Taunton, England wrapped up the Indian innings in 47.5 overs with Brunt claiming a four-for. After the top-order crumbled, Amita Sharma, batting at No. 8, scored an unbeaten 42 (off 87) to take India to 129.
Openers Poonam Raut and Mona Meshram were trapped lbw off consecutive overs early in the innings by Brunt and Elwiss respectively. Elwiss followed up with the key wicket of Mithali Raj in the 10th over with just 13 runs on the board. Brunt then struck three big blows by removing Veda Krishnamurthy and Sulkashana Naik in the 13th over and in her next over, dismissed Goswami. When Laura Marsh sent back Harmanpreet Kaur and Niranjana close together, India looked in deep trouble. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and India were reeling at nine for 71 when Das, too, was dismissed, hitting the ball back to Gunn with 17.2 overs still left in the innings.
Sharma held up one end as India witnessed a landslide at the other. She stitched a crucial 58-run partnership for the last wicket with Sultana. The latter struck 22 off 53 balls before being sent back by Hazell while Sharma, stranded at the other end, missed out on a well deserved half-century by eight runs.
Brief scores: India 129 all out in 47.5 overs (Amita Sharma 42*, Katherine Brunt 4/20, G Elwiss 2/19, L Marsh 2/28) beat England 115 all out in 47. 2 overs (T Beaumont 31, J Goswami 4/17, V Krishnamurthy 2/14, G Sultana 2/30) by 14 runs