Goswami Leads India To Third Place Finish

Goswami Leads India To Third Place Finish
Goswami Leads India To Third Place Finish
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India Women 96-7 (Goswami 33no) beat
New Zealand Women 95-7 (Satterthwaite 35) by 3 wickets
Women's Quadrangular Twenty20 series, Aldershot

Jhulan Goswami scored an unbeaten 33 to guide India to a three-wicket victory in a remarkably low-scoring Women's Quadrangular Twenty20 International third/fourth place play-off in Aldershot.

Batting first after winning the toss, New Zealand could only manage 95 for seven but it took India until the penultimate ball of the game to knock off the runs, Goswami unbeaten on 33 in 28 balls.

She hit two fours - there were only three fours and a maximum scored in India's entire innings and only Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur (14) and Veda Krishnamurthy (15).

India had slipped to 24 for three but despite Kelly Anderson taking three for 17 and Aimee Watkins two for 16, India held their nerve and prevailed, taking their first win over New Zealand in a Twenty20 International.

Earlier, Amy Satterthwaite top scored with 35 as New Zealand also saw only three players reach double figures - Watkins hitting 15 and Liz Perry 18 as scoring proved difficult, although the White Ferns found the boundary four times with Nicola Browne hitting the only six of the innnigs.

The Indian bowlers shared the wickets round, Goswami, Snehal Pradhan and Priyanka Roy taking one apiece as Amita Sharma returned two for 11.

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