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February 24, 2010
India 133 for 3 (Chopra 61*) beat England 130 (Morgan 24, Edwards 22, Dhar 4-19) by seven wickets
India took a 2-1 series lead with a convincing seven-wicket win in Visakhapatnam. Rumeli Dhar starred with a career-best 4 for 19 and Jhulan Goswami and the spinners assisted in keeping England down to 130. Anjum Chopra scored an unbeaten 61 as India chased the target with ease.
India had lost the second match in Bangalore by three runs, with only Mithali Raj and Amita Sharma making significant contributions with the bat. But this time the target was much lower, owing to some incisive bowling.
Dhar and Goswami triggered an early collapse which allowed the spinners to pressure the middle order and dry up the runs even further. Dhar returned in the final 10 overs and picked up two more wickets to give the Indian batsmen an easy target to chase.
Ebony Rainford-Brent was the first to be dismissed when she edged Dhar to the keeper for a duck in the fourth over. Dhar then trapped Caroline Atkins leg before for 26 in the seventh over, before she held a catch to remove Jenny Gunn for 2 off Goswami. England captain Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway dropped anchor, looking to score off loose balls, and added 33 at less than three an over. At the end of the 24th over, Edwards was stumped off left-arm spinner Preeti Dimri and England were tottering at 54 for 4. Dimri also picked up Greenway's wicket and finished with figures of 2 for 20.
India's fielders didn't always back up their bowlers' efforts - fumbling in the outfield and fluffing run-out chances - but the early wickets ensured England couldn't rebuild. Beth Morgan and Laura Marsh added 39 before Dhar struck off consecutive balls in the 43rd over. First she had Morgan caught in the deep and then trapped Katherine Brunt plumb in front.
Marsh fell trying to clear the in-field and gave left-arm spinner Gouher Sultana her first wicket of the day. She took another wicket in the final over, catching Nicky Shaw for 9. Goswami also picked up a second wicket - Tamsin Beaumont - and finished with impressive figures of 2 for 17 from nine overs.
India opened the batting with Poonam Raut, playing her second ODI, and Anjum Chopra, after two low scores by Anagha Deshpande. Brunt got some movement early in the innings and troubled both Raut and Chopra. But the openers stuck in and added 97 at over three an over. Raut hit nine fours in her 91-ball 44 before she was trapped leg before by Gunn in the 32nd over. Two balls later Gunn trapped Priyanka Roy for a duck. Brunt bowled Deshpande soon after for 1. Dhar joined Chopra at the crease and hit the winning runs with a four in the 41st over.
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