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Dhar and Chopra put a convincing victory

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The India Women’s Cricket Team again won the match they played against the England Women’s Cricket Team. India took a 2-1 series lead with a seven wicket win in Vishakhapatnam, in India. Rumeli Dhar made her career best with 4 for 19 while Jhulan Goswami along with the spinners assisted her in losing the England team down to 130. India chased this target with ease with Anjum Chopra scoring 61 runs.

Previously, India had lost their second match in Bangalore by mere three runs with Amita Sharma and Mithali Raj giving significant contributions with the batting. However, this time the target to be achieved was lower due to some keen bowling. Dhar along with Goswami simply made an early collapse allowing the spinners to pressure on the middle order and dry up the runs further. Dhar though returned in the final 10 overs by picking two more wickets to give the Indian batsmen an easy target to follow with.

The first England player to have got dismissed was Ebony Rainford-Brent, when she edged Dhar to the keeper in place of a duck in the fourth over itself. Caroline Atkins too got trapped by Dhar by leg before wicket for 26 in the 7th over. She even caught Jenny Gunn’s wicket for 2 off Goswami. The captain of the England team, Charlotte Edwards along with Lydia Greenway however dropped anchor by scoring off loose balls and adding 33 at less than 3 an over. At the 24th over, Edwards got stumped off by left arm spinner Preeti Dimri and England were scoring 54 for 4 during this time. Nonetheless, Dimri also picked up Greenway’s wicket and finished with 2 for 20.

Beth Morgan and Laura Marsh added a further 39 to their count before Dhar again struck off continuous balls in the 43rd over. First she took a catch of Morgan’s wicket and then easily trapped Katherine Brunt plumb in front. Later on, Marsh fell whilst clearing the in-field and gave left arm spinner, Gouher Sultana her first wicket of the day. She also took another wicket during the final over, and caught Nicky Shaw for 9. Goswami picked a second wicket of Tamsin Beaumont and finished with an impressive figure of 2 for 17 from 9 overs.

The Indian batting opened with Poonam Raut playing her second ODI and Anjum Chopra prior to Anagha Deshpande’s two low scores. Brunt succeeded in the early innings troubling both Chopra and Raut. However, the openers stuck in and added 97 at three overs an hour. Raut easily hit nine fours in her 91 ball for 44 before she got trapped leg before by Gunn in the 32nd over. Later, after two balls, Gunn trapped Priyanka Roy for a duck and Brunt bowled Deshpande for 1. Dhar came into picture and joined Chopra at the crease. She hit the winning runs with a four in the 41st over.

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