England Women v India Women, 2nd ODI, Taunton July 4, 2012

Goswami and Sharma inspire India comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

India Women 129 (Sharma 42*, Brunt 4-20) beat England Women 115 (Goswami 4-17) by 14 runs

India Women pulled off a remarkable 14-run victory at Taunton to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day series having earlier been in deep trouble at 71 for 9.

Katherine Brunt had taken out the top order but Amita Sharma's 42, in a final-wicket stand of 58, pushed them to 129 which the India bowlers then defended with verve as England slumped to 115 all out.

A last-wicket stand of 26 between Danielle Wyatt and Georgia Elwiss took the game down to the wire, but with 15 needed from 17 balls, Elwiss was bowled by Jhulan Goswami, who picked up four wickets in the innings. The other outstanding figures belonged to legspinner Veda Krishnamurthy who took 2 for 14 in her 10 overs to strangle the middle order.

The visitors began the defence of the small total in perfect fashion by removing the key pair of Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor for ducks. Edwards, who also fell early in the opening match of the series, was caught behind for 1 and Taylor was lbw as Goswami made both breakthroughs.

Tammy Beaumont and Arran Brindle steadied the innings for a while but progress was never easy for England before Brindle edged behind off Gouher Sultana then Heather Knight, having hit two boundaries, was run out to leave England 43 for 4.

Beaumont, who took 89 balls to make 31, and Gunn combined for an 18-over partnership that brought 34 runs - an indication of the pressure India put on the chase - before England lost 5 for 12 in six overs with Krishnamurthy claiming two in two balls.

England had made all the early running as Brunt produced another impressive new-ball spell and her fourth wicket, trapping Goswami lbw, left India 34 for 6. That position became even worse when Laura Marsh struck twice and at 71 for 9 a chase well under a hundred was on the cards.

However, England allowed India off the hook as Sharma and Sultana - whose previous best in 18 ODI innings was 10 not out - nearly doubled the total in a partnership lasting 15 overs.

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  • Naresh on July 6, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Mitali has been stunning for India however, the support cast in the team is not there where batting is concerned. This is a team sport and the top three are not scoring.

  • Nikhil on July 6, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Congrats!! But one question still puzzles me. If you can win so comprehensively 2 matches, why the freeze in 20-20, which should be much easier or a competitive match, but not the case, we play or lose badly.

  • Matthew on July 5, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Good to see one indian team can win in our conditions. The "superstars" in the men's side need to have a word with their female couterparts about how it's done

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Wow. that's good Fight back from our girls. I thought both jhulan goswami's and amita sharma's poor performance's from last three series going to cost their place in the team, but they performed well when it matters. England struggling to Play veda krishnamurthy, her bowling was simply superb with 2/14 from 10 overs, Niranjana Nagarajan was latest entry to add to our fast bowlers list. she's causing some damage up front with the new ball. Harmanpreet kaur, Mithali raj, Poonam raut did well in the first match, Gouhar sultana, das, veda, jhulan, amita sharma did well in the 2nd match. world T20 in sri Lanka will be good with India having good mystery spin bowlers. piches will surely favour our team. australia, new zealand, India, England will make semis this time. Now go for 5-0 girls. let's thrash England in England soil and make us proud

  • srinath on July 5, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    well done girls. but bcci have to imrove the facilities for girls to become the world chompions . then only they can beat aus,nz, and eng

  • Satish on July 5, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Completely unexpected win.. At 54-7, i expected a terrible loss.. Good spirit shown by the women.. Cont\grats..

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Awesome work ladies, the English cricket team is one of the best in the world and the indian ladies who recieve nowhere as close as attention as their male counterparts have managed to string couple of good performances, keep it going!

  • Harmon on July 5, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    I bet the English women's cricket team is now scouting for global talent and to somehow find an English connection to get them in the team.

  • karthik on July 5, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    East_West - why do u have unnecessary compare the men's and women's team ?? Pls appreciate the victory alone and do not start unnecessary topics of debate

  • chaitanya on July 5, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    well done girls...keep the winning streak going on u certainly made every INDIAN proud aftr having disappointing t-20 series u absolutely nailed POMS in ODI'S well done

    @East West....

    mate dunn u think ur 2 harsh on our men's team yeah we had 2 disappointing away series aftr WC but dey dunn make our team pathetic datz part and parcel of da game and POMS took 15 yrs to win a series against us in dere own backyard and den havent u seen wat our SECOND STRING team did 2 dem we mauled dem 5-0 but newayz yh dis galz are exciting wid some world class players in dem and currently are playing gr8 cricket so kudos 2 dem

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