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ESPNcricinfo Awards

ESPNcricinfo Awards 2019 Women's bowling nominees: Perry shocks England, Cross stops India

A record haul and a two-run defence off a final over feature among our women's bowling performances

Annesha Ghosh
Annesha Ghosh
16-Jan-2020
In Guwahati, India needed three runs off the final over, bowled by Kate Cross, but could only manage one  •  PTI

In Guwahati, India needed three runs off the final over, bowled by Kate Cross, but could only manage one  •  PTI

Shikha Pandey
4 for 18 v England
second ODI, Mumbai

Pandey, the protégé, outshone the veteran and Player of the Match, Jhulan Goswami, in an exemplary display of swing-and-seam-bowling partnership between the two India quicks. Relentless with her inswingers early on, Pandey struck in her opening over when Amy Jones miscued a flick. She finished her seven-over opening spell with 2 for 12. England scored only six off Pandey's remaining 18 balls, her persistence on the line outside off reaping rewards. She claimed two lbws in three balls in the 29th over to help set up India's second win of the three-match series.
Kate Cross
2 for 18 v India
third T20I, Guwahati

Chasing 120, India needed three off the final over. England captain Heather Knight chose to bowl fast bowler Cross, who was playing her first T20I series in four years and had figures of 0 for 17 from her previous three overs. Cross proceeded to bowl three dot balls and then removed Bharti Fulmali and Anuja Patil before conceding a single off the final ball. Mithali Raj, unbeaten on 30, watched it all from the non-striker's end.
Sana Mir
4 for 11 v South Africa
first ODI, Potchefstroom

Six overs, including a maiden, from the experienced offspinning allrounder Mir snuffed the life out of the South Africa line-up in the opening fixture of their ICC Women's Championship home series. Sharing new-ball duties, Mir removed four of South Africa's top five inside eight overs, sending them hurtling to their second-lowest total in ODI cricket. She bowled Laura Wolvaardt and had stand-in captain Sune Luus pinged in front off successive deliveries in her opening over, and although she missed getting a hat-trick, her four-for contributed to the three points Pakistan gained from the series, the same as South Africa since the final match was tied.
Ellyse Perry
7 for 22 v England
third ODI, Canterbury

The best ODI figures by an Australian woman. Perry started strong, taking five wickets in her first five overs with swing and consistent 70mph-plus pace, getting assistance off the St Lawrence Ground slope. Her second spell began in the 19th over, and by the 23rd, she had figures of 10-4-22-7, to help dismiss England for 75 - their third lowest total overall.
Anisa Mohammed
5 for 46 v India
first ODI, North Sound

Mohammed got her first ODI five-for in over seven years, tapping India's tendency to choke. India were only two down in the 40th over, needing 55 to win in 64 balls, but Mohammed took two wickets in consecutive overs - top scorer Priya Punia caught for 75 and Mithali Raj stumped in an ODI for the first time since 2014. The in-form Deepti Sharma became her third wicket, and the clinching blows came in the final over, when Mohammed successfully defended eight runs and dismissed the last two batters, including one off the final ball of the match.
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Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo