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Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy guide India to 265 vs NZ

15 July, 2017, 19:39 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • Oops: Kohli posts image of another female cricketer to congratulate Mithali Raj

In yet another achievement for a woman criccket player, India's explosive Mithali Raj has added feather to her cap by becoming first Indian woman player to complete 1000 runs in World cup in 27 innings. New Zealand's 75-run loss to England in their last match has put them in a precarious position. On the bowling front, pace spearhead Jhulan Goswami has looked a pale shadow of herself in the tournament so far and the Indians would be relying on their spinners - Deepti, Ekta Bisht, Harmanpreet and Poonam Yadav to take the responsibility on their shoulders. Even as a majority of those wins have come against the minnows, it's also the venue where India did the unthinkable and stunned the now table-toppers England. Katie Perkins (1) too was sent back quickly with Sharma cleaning her up as New Zealand lost half their side for 52/5 in the 19th over.

India skipper Mithali Raj has demanded improvement from her troops and believes the ability to cope with the pressure of a must-win game will be the deciding factor. There's going to be lot of reviews of our team because we were expected to make the semi-finals. Harmanpreet consumed 90 balls for her 60 and hit seven fours. She has five centuries to her name and averages over 50.

However, New Zealand's plans to run through the Indian middle order were dashed as Veda Krishnamurthy counterattacked, with Raj continuing to play sheet anchor's role from the other end. She was out in the penultimate delivery. With explosive openers and a team that runs between wickets well, only a score in excess of 250 will give India some breathing space, especially with a fresh wicket being prepared for the game. For New Zealand, off-spinner Leigh Kasperek, who first used the new ball, was the most successful bowler with three wickets while pacers Hannah Rowe and Lea Tahuhu took two and one wicket respectively.

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