NatWest Women's T20 Quadrangular Series June 27, 2011

Goswami leads India to consolation win

ESPNcricinfo staff

India 96 for 7 (Goswami 33*, Anderson 3-17) beat New Zealand 95 for 7 (Satterthwaite 35, Sharma 2-11) by three wickets

India Women broke their run of defeats by beating New Zealand Women by three wickets in the third-place playoff of the NatWest Women's T20 Quadrangular Series at Aldershot.

Having suffered three straight losses during the group stage, India chased down New Zealand's 95 with a ball to spare. India's captain Jhulan Goswami was the star, guiding her side home with a cool 33 not out from 28 balls. In a low-scoring encounter, New Zealand were left to rue the 10 wides and three no balls they sent down.

The chase was by no means certain when India were reduced to 24 for 3 but Harmanpreet Kaur (14) and Veda Krishnamurthy (15) helped them recover and laid the foundations for Goswami to finish the job.

It was an unhappy farewell to Twenty20 cricket for New Zealand's captain Aimee Watkins. She retires after the upcoming ODIs and had started well at the top of the order, making 15, before becoming the second of two wickets for Amita Sharma.

At one stage, when they were 61 for 3, New Zealand looked capable of posting a threatening score but Liz Perry fell for 18 and the lower order couldn't carry on. Amy Satterthwaite top-scored with 35 but it wasn't enough.

"We needed this win very badly before the start of the ODI series," Goswami said. "This win will give us much needed momentum because we did not have any so far. I hope we carry this into the ODI series. You must remember that we beat a good side like New Zealand. All four sides are evenly matched, but we had not got up on the victory column as yet.

"I told my coach (Anju Jain) that I need to bat up the order and she agreed. If I had not taken the responsibility, the result may have been different. The win came at the right time. You must remember that we were playing for the third place in a world tournament."

Watkins said: "Everyone's really disappointed. I think the wicket was the reason. We obviously we did not get a big score on the board. While bowling, we were all over the place and we bowled both sides of the wicket. We also gave away too many extras I think.''

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  • Hotu on June 28, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Everything is wrong with India Women's team. The captain Jhulan Goswami is a misfit in the role. Whenever the Indian team is playing, you hear a lot of shouting and screaming on the field, as if nothing is planned. The field is all over the place and more often than not, the best team is not selected. Jhulan should focus on her bowling, and contribute more with the bat. They need a thinking captain. Mithali Raj was half decent.

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    The "Women In Blue" seems to suffer the same problem that the "Men in Blue" had suffered for decades (but has toned down significantly in last couple of years) - the GREAT INDIAN START UP PROBLEM ON AWAY TOURS. Now that they had this win after the"usual" 3 early losses, we can expect that they put a better show in the ODI tournament involving the same 4 teams.

  • Nikhil on June 27, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    As I said, in previous article, sumthin is really wrong with the Indian eve's think tank mindset. Taking almost the last ball to scrape to 96-7 in 20-20 & boasting it as consolation win is ridiculous!!!! As a passionate follower of Indian Eve's cricket, I've never ever seen a target of arnd 100 chased comfortably or aggressively till now by them. Until & unless, you scout for atleast one Sehwag/ Pathan like players for Opening /Middle Order, Indian Eve's cricket will go nowhere. Just look at the Aus /Eng/NZ cricket, which revolves minimum 1 attacking player & has given them tremendous success! Hope, Selectors are reading this.

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