Women’s World Cup: Jhulan Goswami sets record but India suffers second loss as England return to winning ways

Women’s World Cup 2022: Jhulan Goswami became the first cricketer to win 250 wickets in women’s ODIs but India suffered their second league defeat as Heather Knight helped England to a four-wicket win at the Bay Oval to gain.

Women's World Cup: Jhulan Goswami sets record but India suffers second loss as England return to winning ways (AP Photo)

Women’s World Cup: Jhulan Goswami sets record but India suffers second loss as England return to winning ways (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The English women defeated the Indian women in the group match by four wickets
  • India suffered their second defeat at the ICC Women’s World Cup
  • Jhulan was the first women’s cricketer to win 250 wickets in women’s ODIs

Jhulan Goswami’s historic performance and Meghna Singh’s late exploits with the ball were matched by the inconsistency of India’s batsmen as the Mithali Raj-led side suffered their second defeat in the ICC Women’s World Cup preliminary match, while defending champions England bounced back after three games the winning streak returned consecutive losses in the current tournament.

Goswami made history by becoming the first cricketer to take 250 wickets in a WODI when she sacked England opener Tammy Beaumont for 1 at the Bay Oval. Goswami is also the only bowler to have won over 200 wickets in the history of women’s ODI.

England rode captain Heather Knight’s heroic 50 mark to chase the target of 135 runs and end their triple losing streak after India underperformed to be tied for a meager 134 on Wednesday.

Centurion Smriti Mandhana (35) from the previous game was the top scorer while wicketkeeper batter Richa Ghosh hit 33 before England beat India in 36.2 overs after settling first field.

It was in sharp contrast to India’s performance against the West Indies in their last game when they rode centuries from Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur to 317 for 8, their highest total in the flagship event’s history.

Charlie Dean (4/23) was the bowlers’ choice for England, while Anya Shrubsole also jumped in with two wickets as the Indians failed to form a decent partnership. After three defeats in as many games, it was a must for defending champions and four-time champions England.

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