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Indian eves level series

December 01, 2005 22:47 IST

Anjum Chopra struck a well-made 71 as India won the second one-day international women's cricket match against England by four wickets to level the five-match series 1-1 at the K D Singh Babu stadium in Lucknow on Thursday.

Electing to bat, the England team lost wickets at regular intervals and could make only 162 in their allotted quota of 50 overs.

Barring C Atkins, who made 34 off 61 balls, none of the English batswomen could offer any resistance to the fine bowling by the Indians on a wicket which offered some help to the bowlers in the morning but kept a trifle low in the second half of the match.

Amita Sharma accounted for three wickets while Jhulan Goswami and Reema Malhotra took two wickets each.

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In reply, India, aided by a classy 71 by Anjum Chopra and a well-made 37 by Monica Sumra, romped home with 1.4 overs to spare.

Chopra was declared player of the match for her match-winning knock.

India started their reply on a flying note with the opening pair adding 95 runs before a sudden collapse that threatened to derail their innings. But the hosts kept their nerves to emerge winners.

For the England team Beth Moran took two wickets.


C Edwards lbw Amita 20
L Newton b Amita 0
Clarie Taylor b Amita 9
Genny Gunn run out (Jhulan) 19
Arran Brindal lbw Jhulan 23
C Atkins b Jhulan 34
Rosalie Britch st Arundhuti b Reema 5
L Harpar b Reema 1
B Morgan not out 15
J Smith not out 2
Isa Guha
Extras: 34 (3 b, 12 lb, 19 w)
Total: 162 runs for eight wickets in 50 overs

Fall of wickets: 3/1, 28/2, 40/3, 78/4, 78/5, 89/6, 95/7, 157/8

Bowling figures: Jhulan Goswami 10-2-22-2 (1 wide), Amita Sharma 9-1-27-3 (2 wide), Rumeli Dhar 7-1-17-0, Neetu David 9-1-30-0, Varsha Rapheal 7-0-29-0 (14 wide), Reema Malhotra 8-0-22-2 (2 wides)

Monika Sumra c Newton b Edwards 37
Anjum Chopra b Morgan 71
Mithali Raj c Morgan b Guha 15
Karuna Jain b Morgan 1
Rumeli Dhar c substitute b Gunn 16
A Kirkire run out (Morgon) 0
Jhulan Goswami not out 3
Amita Sharma not out 2
Did not bat: Neetu David, Varsha and Reema
Extras: 18 (3 nb, 15 w)
Total: 163 for six in 49.2 overs
Fall of wickets: 95/1, 126/2, 130/3, 153/4, 155/5, 160/6

Bowling figures: Jenny Gunn 9.3-1-29-1 (3 wides), Beth Morgan 7.2-0-27-2 (4 wides), Isa Guha 10-0-31-1 (1 NB, 1 wide), Laura Harper 3-0-20-0 (4 wides), R Birch 9.3-2-37-0 (2 nb), C Edwards 10-3-19-1 ( 3 wides)

Result: India won by four wickets

The next match is slated at Guwahati on December 4.

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