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July 7, 2011
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.
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