England Women v India Women, 2nd ODI, Taunton

Goswami and Sharma inspire India comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 4, 2012

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

Amita Sharma lifted India to 129, England Women v India Women, 2nd ODI, Taunton, July 4, 2012
Amita Sharma made 42 to lift India to 129 and that proved enough for victory © Getty Images

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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Posted by Naresh28 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.

Posted by nickydude 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.

Posted by yorkshirematt 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

Posted by   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

Posted by srinathphysio 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

Posted by satish619chandar 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..

Posted by   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!

Posted by Harmony111 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.

Posted by karthik666 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

Posted by chaitanya1219 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

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 4, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

I was upset when Indian wickets were falling like pack of cards earlier in the innings; but i should have not lost hope. It was very nice to see a great fight back from these girls. Indian Woman you deserve a salute. I salute you. Win the series too.

Posted by meenuraghu on (July 4, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

Very impressive. Most visitors find it difficult to win in English conditions. The women held their nerve to win this game. May the winning ways continue.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

Congratulations girls!!! Keep fighting like this and things will work out!!! Outstanding performance!!!

Posted by East_West on (July 4, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

any day, these indian women cricketers are better than our overrated men's team. They play on foreign pitches way better than these superstar men's team, and payed way lower than these superstars. Jhulan is/was one of the fastest pacers in the world, and Mithali has been our wonderful captain for a while and took over from Jhulan! as I mentioned before, any day if i want to see the determination, discipline and drive, it is from this women's team and NOT the men's team! Kudos and keep up the good work! whitewash England team, please!!!

Posted by RajeshNaik on (July 4, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Great Going Girls. Keep it up. After the losses in t20 matches it is a good comeback and fightback. Great.

Posted by AdilKhans on (July 4, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Good to see indian women's team back to winning ways. fought really well and till the end to win this encounter, bowlers did a good job to defend a modest total. Wish them luck for the remainder of the series.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

The English women's team is as boring as the men's has been for years. 89 balls to make 31 runs---, Wonder when was the last time anyone heard of a slower one day or test innings.

Posted by rgrokkam1 on (July 4, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

fantastic victory my Indian women. congratulations and all the best for the rest of the series

Posted by Natesan333 on (July 4, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Wow fantastic victory for the Indian women. Cricket is as much a mental game as it is physical, if not more. The Indians showed that they are much stronger mentally today by defending a small total. Good luck on wining the series. Go blue.

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