A brilliant display of batting and bowling from all-rounder Jhulan Goswami saw India defeat New Zealand by 17 runs in the 1st ODI of the 5-match series in Bengaluru on Sunday. Goswami scored a 67-ball 57 to lift India to 142 before being bowled out. She then played an important role in defending this modest total as she conceded only 25 runs from her quota of 10 overs. Jhulan Goswami was well complemented by fellow bowlers Sneh Rana, Ekta Bisht and Harmanpreet Kaur, who did most of the damage by bowling the visitors out for 125 in 45.3 overs.
Indian top-order fail to contribute, Jhulan Goswami scores fifty to push India to 142
India won the toss and elected to bat first in familiar conditions. Openers Smriti Mandhana (13) and Poonam Raut (5) failed to get the innings going as they were dismissed by Morna Nielsen and Lea Tahuhu. Skipper Mithali Raj got off to a good start but fell to the guile of off-spinner Leigh Kasperek. Mithali clubbed a full-toss to Katie Perkins at short mid-wicket, who completed a stunning catch diving to her right. The skipper’s wicket paved the way for the spinners to run through the Indian middle order. Shikha Pandey, Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy were sent back to the hut in quick succession. Wickets continued to tumble and India were 87/8 in the 31st over, heading for a quick fold.
Goswami, tailenders help India to 142
Jhulan Goswami was the lone warrior in the Indian women’s lineup as she continued to play her shots and was least troubled by the spinners. Her fluent half-century included 6 fours and 1 six and most importantly, a lot of patience. She was well supported by the no. 10 and no. 11 batters and India were finally bowled out for 142 in 44.3 overs. Morna Nielsen was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers as she picked up 3 wickets after conceding only 24 runs from 10 overs. She was well aided by Tahuhu and Kasperek who also picked up 3 wickets.
Suzie Bates off to a good start, India peg back rest of the top-order:
The Indian bowlers bowled with great discipline to lock down the Kiwi batters early in the innings. The first five overs yielded only five runs and it was Ekta Bisht who gave India the early breakthrough. Rachel Priest was trapped leg before for a 19-ball duck by the slow left-arm spinner. Amy Satterthwaite (4) and Kate Broadmore (5) also departed without scoring much. Suzie Bates continued to bat like she usually does and the New Zealand skipper found an able aide in Sophie Devine who created problems for the Indian bowlers. Bates departed after a good knock of 28 and NZ were in trouble at 45/4.
Mithali Raj introduced medium-pacer Harmanpreet Kaur into the attack and the move paid rewards straightaway as she dismissed a well-set Sophie Devine for 24. The Indian spinners were all over the Kiwis and ensured that they could not score runs freely. New Zealand were bowled out for 125, 17 runs away from the target and the Indian bowlers can take a lot of pride in their brilliant bowling performance. NZ showed no signs of fight thereafter except Leigh Kasperek who remained unbeaten on 21 till the end.