India women in England 2008 September 3, 2008

Top order needs to click - Goswami

Cricinfo staff

Jhulan Goswami, India women's vice-captain, has said top-order collapses led to India's overwhelming defeats in the first two one-dayers against England. However she was upbeat about the side's chances of turning around the 2-0 scoreline to win the five-match series.

"The top-order batting are not playing as well as they can," Goswami told the ICC website. "If they click it will be different for us. In one-day cricket you need runs on the board. It is difficult to bowl when you are defending a low total. But we can still do well and I believe we can come back and win the series as each and every game is different."

Only three batsmen in the top six have managed to get double figures so far, with Mithali Raj scoring 97 of India's 226 runs in the two ODIs. India were bowled out for 102 in the second match, which they lost by 10 wickets, and four batsmen were out for ducks and four others for single figures.

Goswami acknowledged the England side had improved a lot since the two sides last met in March 2007. "They are playing good cricket having won against Australia in Australia, beat New Zealand in New Zealand and beat South Africa but we can beat them."

The two teams will stay on in Taunton for the third ODI on Thursday followed by a Twenty20 game on Friday.

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