Chopra And Dhar Lead India To Seven-Wicket Victory

India Women 133-3 (Chopra 61no, Raut 44) beat
England Women 130 (Dhar 4-19, Goswami 2-17) by seven wickets
Third One-Day International, Visakhapatnam

   Anjum Chopra
  Anjum Chopra guided India home
© Action Images

Anjum Chopra stroked an unbeaten half-century and Rumeli Dhar took five wickets to guide India Women to a comprehensive seven-wicket win over England Women in the third One-Day International in Visakhapatnam.

India went 2-1 up in the five-match series by bowling England out for 130 and then reaching 133 for three in the 41st over of their reply.

India won the toss and invited England to bat and the tourists struggled throughout their innings, unable to put partnerships together as Dhar, who returned four for 19, led India's impressive bowling performance.

She was backed up by Jhulan Goswami, Preeti Dimri and Gouher Sultana, who all took two wickets. England's rather sorry-looking scorecard saw only five players reach double figures with Beth Morgan grinding out 24 in 54 balls to top score while Charlotte Edwards and Laura Marsh both managed 22.

Dhar dismissed openers Ebony Rainford-Brent (0) and Caroline Atkins (12) before taking the wickets of Morgan and Katherine Brunt, the latter out for a golden duck.

Brunt had been England's match-winner in the second game, but India maintained control of the match by batting as well as they had bowled. Openers Punam Raut (44) and Chopra, unbeaten on 61 in 134 balls, put on 97 for the first wicket, showing the patience required to build their innings.

Although Jenny Gunn struck twice in three balls to have both Raut and Priyanka Roy (0) trapped in front and Brunt bowled Anagha Deshpande for one, India were not about to be denied victory, Dhar unbeaten on ten to complete a superb all-round performance from both herself and her team.

The fourth match at the same venue is on Friday 26th February.

© Cricket World 2010