India defeats England

G. Narasimha Rao

VISAKHAPATNAM: India beat England by seven wickets in the third One-Day International at the ACA-VDCA Stadium here on Wednesday to go 2-1 up in the five-match series.

England, put in, was shot out for 130 with medium-pacer Rumeli Dhar claiming four wickets on a wicket that assisted seam bowling.

The fielders provided excellent support as things started falling in place for the home team. Rumeli removed the openers by the eighth over and after Jhulan Goswami scalped Jennifer Gunn left-arm spinner Preeti Dimri removed captain Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway.

Morgan (24) and Laura Marsh (22) tried to save the visitors but fell while trying to free their arms.

In reply, Anjum Chopra (61 not out) and Punam G. Rout (44) displayed resolute batting to tackle England that tried well to defend a small total. Their 97-run opening stand put the team on course for victory. India regained the lead after England had won the second match at Bangalore.

The player of the match was not announced. The organisers revealed that the BCCI did not send the prizes to be given to the player of the match and hoped they would arrive for the next match on Friday.

The scores:

England: Ebony Rainford-Brent c Anagha b Rumeli 0, Caroline Atkins lbw Rumeli 12, Jennifer Gunn c Rumeli b Jhulan 2, Charlotte Edwards st.Anagha b Preeti 22, Lydia Greenway c Rumeli b Preeti 18, Beth Morgan c Punam bt Rumeli 24, Laura Marsh c sub- Harmanpreet Kaur b Gouhar Sultana 22, Katherine Brunt lbw Rumeli 0, Nicola Shaw c and b Sultana 9, Tamsin Beaumont lbw Jhulan 2, Isa Guha (not out) 4; Extras (lb-8, nb-2, w-5): 15; Total (in 49.2 overs): 130.

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-17, 3-21,4-54, 5-74, 6-113, 7-114, 8-115, 9-126.

India bowling: Jhulan 9-1-17-2, Rumeli 10-2-19-4, Amita 6-2-17-0, Preeti 10-2-20-2, Priyanka 7-0-28-0, Gouhar 7.2-0-21-2.

India: Punam G. Rout lbw Jannifer Gunn 44 (91b, 9x4), Anjum Chopra (not out) 61, Priyanka Roy lbw Jannifer Gunn 0, Anagha Deshpande b Brunt 1, Rumeli Dhar (not out) 10; Extras (lb-4, nb-2, w-11): 17: Total (for three wickets in 40.5 overs): 133.

Fall of wickets: 1-97, 2-97, 3-118.

England bowling: Katherine Brunt 10-2-27-1, Isa Guha 6-0-25-0, Laura Marsh 10-1-28-0, Nicola Shaw 7.5-2-30-0, Jennifer Gunn 7-1-19-2 .

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