NatWest Women's Quadrangular Series July 7, 2011

India secure third place finish

ESPNcricinfo staff

India 150 (Raut 38, Broadmore 3-33, Mackay 2-24, Ruck 1-9) beat New Zealand 118 (Watkins 32, Bisht 3-15, Sharma 3-30) by 32 runs

India finished third in the NatWest Women's Quadrangular series after beating New Zealand by 32 runs in a low-scoring encounter at Aston Rowant. Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht and seamer Amita Sharma were the major architects of India's win, taking three wickets apiece to run through New Zealand's lower order, after captain Jhulan Goswami had made the initial incision, to defend India's 150 all out by dismissing New Zealand for just 118.

Batsmen on both sides struggled with the conditions and India were thankful for opener Poonam Raut's patient 38, as well as contributions from Harmanpreet Kaur (21) and Veda Krishnamurthy (29). They had actually been reasonably placed at 127 for 4, before a late push for runs resulted in an avalanche of wickets instead, with several of New Zealand's bowlers benefitting from a collapse of 6 for 23.

New Zealand could not extend their advantage with the bat, however, as Goswami removed both openers cheaply before Gouher Sultana got rid of the dangerous Suzie Bates. Sara McGlashan's wicket - bowled by Sharma for 22 - tipped the balance firmly in India's favour, but New Zealand captain Aimee Watkins went down fighting with a 24-ball 32 that included two fours and a six. Once she fell, Bisht and Sharma made short work of the tail.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Nikhil on July 8, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    As long as you don't search for openers in Sehwag/Pathan mould, you will never ever come to winning regularly. How can you win, when openers like Raut & Tanwar consume almost 20 overs for 38 & 46 runs in match after match, it is criminal! Even in 20-20, it takes us the last over last ball to score 96 runs!, which shows the defensive mindset. The fact is, NZ is in a rebuilding phase & matter of time before they bounce back.

  • Parthiban on July 7, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    Wish to see them beat Aus and Eng

  • No featured comments at the moment.