Women’s World Cup: Jhulan Goswami equals world record, Pooja Vastrakar shines as India limits New Zealand to 260

Women’s World Cup 2022: While Jhulan Goswami equaled the record for most wickets at World Cups, Pooja Vastrakar picked up 4 wickets to help India limit New Zealand to 260/9 in 50 overs in their second league game in Hamilton.

Jhulan Goswami has won 39 wickets in 30 World Cup games in her career (AFP Photo)


  • Jhulan Goswami took her 39th wicket at World Championships, a tantamount record
  • Pooja Vastrakar shone with the ball in India’s 2022 World Cup 2 game
  • India managed to limit New Zealand to 260/9 in 50 overs

Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami equaled the World Cup record for most wickets as India managed to limit hosts New Zealand to 260 in 50 overs in their second league game on Thursday at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Jhulan threw a perfect Yorker to sack Katey Martin in the last over of New Zealand’s innings to take her 39th wicket at the World Championships.

Jhulan made up for that with the strike Australian Lyn Fulltston’s record who won 39 wickets at World Championships between 1982 and 1988. The senior fast bowler bowled 9 overs and wasted just 41 runs in another fine performance at the Women’s World Cup.

The star of India’s bowling performance on Thursday was young Pooja Vastrakar, hurling down Yorkers at will. Vastrakar nearly scored a hat-trick when she knocked out Lia Tahuhu and Jess Kerr with back-to-back Yorkers in the 46th over, taking the sting of the New Zealand battering unit in the late overs.

Pooja Vastrakar was on from the start when she ran opener Suzie Bates out for 5 with a direct hit already in the 3rd over. She missed an easy catch opportunity to sack Amelia Kerr in the 10th over but got captain Sophie Devine’s (35) big wicket in the 11th round to make the veteran New Zealand opener fail to score a great deal.


Vastrakar also got past the big wicket of Amy Satterthwaite (75 of 84 balls) in the 43rd and made the decisive breakthrough just as the star-batter was looking to make it big and go for a hundred.

Vastrakar finished the game with 34/4 in 10 overs, which came just days after her 50th win over Pakistan in the World Cup opener.

Meanwhile, Rajeshwari Gayakwad was the choice of the Indian spinners as she picked up 2 wickets for 46 runs, taking the wicket from Amelia Kerr who hit a fifty. She also closed Hayley Jensen early to ensure New Zealand didn’t get a big late nudge.

With impressive players like Vastrakar, Gayakwad and Jhulan, India managed to take 5 wickets in the last 10 overs and give away just 49 runs.

India vs. New Zealand, Women’s World Cup Brief Result

New Zealand 260/9 in 50 overs (Amy Satterthwaite 75, Amelia Kerr 50; Pooja Vastraker 4/34)

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