All-round Goswami sets up India win

India celebrate a wicket
Jhulan Goswami (fourth right, turning to camera) led the way for India as they beat New Zealand by 17 runs
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India Women 142 (Goswami 57, Nielsen 3-24) beat
New Zealand Women 125 by 17 runs
First One-Day International, Bangalore

Jhulan Goswami struck a vital half-century and then bowled an economical spell as India Women beat New Zealand Women by 17 runs in their first ICC Women's Championship One-Day International in Bangalore.

Goswami top scored with 57, adding 29 for the final wicket with Shivanand Rajeshwari before India were bowled out for 142.

Morna Nielsen, Lea Tahuhu and Leigh Kasperek all took three wickets for New Zealand, who were then dismissed for 125 in reply.

Sneh Rana returned three for 26 as only three players reached double figures to hand India just their second win in the ICC Women's Championship, in the process moving them ahead of New Zealand in seventh place in the standings.

India won the toss and chose to bat but found the going tough as Nielsen, Tahuhu and Kasperek all struck early and they were in big trouble at 55 for six with only Smriti Mandhana (13) and captain Mithali Raj (17) making much impression.

ICC Women's Championship standings

Team Played Points
West Indies 12 14
Australia 6 12
South Africa 9 11
Pakistan 9 8
England 6 7
Sri Lanka 12 7
India 7 5
New Zealand 7 3
Top four qualify automatically for 2017 Women's World Cup

However, Goswami's innings, which included six fours and a six, changed the complexion of the game and with support from Ekta Bisht (12) and resistance from both Ravi Kalpana (3) and Shivanand Rajeshwari (3) she was able to haul India up to a competitive total.

Nielsen finished with three for 24, Tahuhu three for 25 and Kasperek three for 39 with Sophie Devine (1-18) the other wicket-taker.

While Suzie Bates made solid progress as New Zealand began their reply, scoring 28 in 56 balls, her team-mates struggled as Rachel Priest (0), Amy Satterthwaite (4) and Kate Broadmore (5) lost their wickets to Bisht, Rana and Poonam Raut respectively after Goswami had opened the bowling and given little away.

Bates was next to go, bowled by Rajeshwari as the White Ferns slipped to 45 for four, and then 71 for five when Katie Perkins was trapped in front by Harmanpreet Kaur.

Devine and Kasperek, making her debut, advanced the score to 91 when Devine (24) fell to Kaur to leave the match in the balance.

However, Rana then bowled Anna Peterson for six and caught and bowled Maddie Green for three to leave New Zealand up against it, and despite the best efforts of Kasperek, who made 29 not out in 57 balls, they fell short.

Kaur ran out Tahuhu and Bisht had Nielsen caught by Raj to seal the victory for India, Bisht picking up two for 18, Kaur two for 16, Rajeshwari one for 22 and Goswami conceded just 25 runs from her 10 overs.

The second match in the five-game series is on 1st July.

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