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Goswami helps India finish third in Women's T20

June 27, 2011 20:36 IST

Skipper Jhulan Goswami led from the front with an all-round performance to help India beat New Zealand by three wickets and finish third in the NatWest Women's T20 Quadrangular Series.

In the third place play-off match, Goswami struck a quickfire 33 off 28 balls, besides claiming a wicket, as India attained the target of 96 with a ball to spare, after New Zealand decided to bat first.

Chasing a meagre target, India made a disastrous start before Goswami walked into the middle, with the scorecard reading 47 for four, to rescue her side.

But for Goswami's performance, India would have lost the match, as the other batters failed to make notable contributions.

The skipper was named Player of the Match for her valuable knock, which included two boundaries.

Only two other Indian players -- Veda Krishnamurthy (15) and Harmanpreet Kaur (14) -- got into double figures.

Earlier, The Indian bowlers dished out a disciplined performance, restricting New Zealand to a low total at the Officers Club Services Ground in Aldershot, England.

Medium pacer Amita Sharma returned impressive figures of two for 11, while Goswami, Snehal Pradhan and Priyanka Roy claimed a wicket each.

For New Zealand, Amy Satterthwaite top-scored with 35 off 44 balls, while medium pacer Kelly Anderson and off-spinner Aimee Watkins picked three and two wickets respectively.

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