WWC: Indian eves lose to New Zealand

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/a/anjumchopra.jpg' class='caption'> Half centuries by Anjum Chopra and Reema Malhotra went in vain as Kiwis thumped India by five wickets in a Super Six stage match of the ICC Women's WC.

Updated: March 17, 2009 14:28 IST
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Half centuries by Anjum Chopra and Reema Malhotra went in vain as New Zealand thumped India by five wickets in a Super Six stage match of the ICC Women's World Cup cricket tournament here on Tuesday.

After captain Jhulan Goswami won the toss and decided to bat first, India were all out for 207 in 49.4 overs, thanks largely to Anjum's 106-ball 52 and Reema's brisk 52-ball 59.

Opener Kate Pulford led New Zealand's chase with an 89-ball 71 as the Kiwis romped to 210 for five wickets with 14 balls to spare.

Coming in to bat first, India were dealt an early blow in the fourth over itself when Anagha Deshpande (8) edged a Kate Pulford delivery to wicketkeeper Rachel Priest.

Priyanka Roy departed soon after (3), trapped LBW by Aimee Mason, to leave India, who beat Australia in their opening Super Six encounter, reeling at 26 for two.

In-form Mithali Raj (21) walked in to resurrect the innings with Anjum but the duo's slow pace of scoring meant that the Indians managed just a little over 60 runs in the first 20 overs.

Mithali's dismissal, caught by Priest off the bowling of medium pacer Sophie Divine, triggered another mini-collapse as Anjum, Rumeli Dhar (5) and skipper Jhulan Goswami (4) fell in quick succession, leaving India tottering at 126 for six in the 33rd over.

Reema Malhotra, however, held the other end and guided India to 153 by the 43rd over before being run out by Divine. Reema smashed eight fours in her 52-ball innings that gave the much needed acceleration to Indian scoring.

Vice-captain Amita Sharma (14) and and Harmanpreet Kaur (13) then played out small cameos to take India to a respectable 207.

However, the Kiwi eves, who lost to India in the preliminary stage, made a solid start to their chase with openers Kate Pulford (71) and skipper Haidee Tiffin (23) putting on a 78-run stand.

Sravanthi Naidu trapped Tiffen in front of the wicket to give India the first breakthrough in the 18th over.

But the Kiwis rode on Pulford's 89-ball innings that was studded with 10 fours and some fine middle-order contributions by Suzie Bates (47 not out) and Aimee Mason (23) to continue their unbeaten run.

Priyanka was the most successful of the Indian bowlers picking up a couple of wickets but her spell was rather expensive as she conceded 60 runs in her quota of 10 overs. Indian next play the West Indies on March 19.

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