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India Women ease into final defeating Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in Quadrangular Series

19/05/2017 00:00:00
by Cricket Country
 
 
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INDIA’s Women clinical performance sealed their spot in the final of Quadrangular Series as they defeated Zimbabwe Women by 10 wickets in Match 12 at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe will now proceed to play for the third place playoff on May 21 while the final will also take place on the same day. Veda Krishnamurthy’s fifty whereas Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav’s 4-wicket haul each restricted Zimbabwe to a mere 98 in 42.3 overs.

Chasing the target with ease, India finished the task in 16 overs. Veda and Harmanpreet remained unbeaten on 50 and 39 respectively. Their 99-run unbeaten partnership consisted of 15 fours and a six.

Experimenting with the opening combination, India sent in Veda and Harmanpreet. Although the chase began cautiously, they picked the speed by the fifth over with two consecutive boundaries by Harmanpreet.

Veda took her time but got some boundaries too before heading for lunch at 26 for no loss in 7 overs. Post their return, Veda and Harmanpreet rapidly added runs with successive boundaries.

They smashed Nomatter Mutasa and Josephine Nkomo for 9 and 16 runs an over respectively. With a wide from Precious Marange, Veda not only brought up her fifty but also provided a victory to India.

Zimbabwe were off to a jolty start to their innings with Shikha trapping Loren Tshuma for nought.  Chipo Mugeri and the new batter Marange added steadiness to their innings.

Marange scored two successive boundaries but was eventually caught at the gully by Veda, and Jhulan bagged her first wicket.

Medester Mupachikwa and Chipo took their time but picked the pace going for boundary every over. They stitched a 38-run stand for the third wicket which was the highest partnership of the innings.

By the first drinks break, Zimbabwe were 3 down at 54, with Shikha getting her second wicket. Chipo continued to wage a battle but was losing partners at the other end.

Soon after the drinks break, Chipo was also seen moving back to hut with Deepti scalping her first wicket. Deepti was on top when she got her second successive wicket of new batter Mujaji who went for a duck.

Josephine and skipper Sharne Mayers were at one point struggling against the India bowlers eventually succumbing to Deepti providing her the third wicket.



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Josephine and Granger, who came in at No. 9 added steadiness to a rather dull innings with their 29-run stand for eighth wicket. Josephine, who looked in good form, was dismissed for 27 with Poonam bagging her second.

The final few overs belonged to Poonam who got consecutive wickets and bundled out Zimbabwe cheaply.
Brief scores:
Zimbabwe Women 98 in 42.3 overs (Chipo Mugeri 34, Josephine Nkomo 27; Deepti Sharma 4 for 17, Poonam Yadav 4 for 11) lost to India Women 99 for no loss in 16 overs (Veda Krishnamurthy 50*, Harmanpreet Kaur 39*; Esther Mbofana 0 for 22) by 10 wickets.


 
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