Jhulan Goswami Picks Her 600th Career Wicket In India Women's Win
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Jhulan Goswami Picks Her 600th Career Wicket In India Women’s Win

File image of Jhulan Goswami | Andrew Couldridge/Reuters
File image of Jhulan Goswami | Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

Jhulan Goswami, India women’s veteran pacer achieved a personal milestone of 600 career wickets when she dismissed Australia’s captain Meg Lanning who was caught behind for a duck in the 3rd WODI between India and Australia women at McKay on Sunday.

Jhulan Goswami, 38, is the leading wicket-taker in the format and remains the only bowler in the women’s game to claim over 200 ODI wickets. Playing her 192nd game, Jhulan Goswami returned figures of 3-37 in her 10 overs, a couple of days after she had bowled a last-ball no-ball to hand Australia a controversial win in the 2nd ODI.

Jhulan Goswami File Photo
Jhulan Goswami File Photo

Jhulan Goswami Picks Her 600th Career Wicket In India Women’s Win

Jhulan Goswami now has acquired 240 ODI wickets at 21.59, while she has claimed 41 wickets in 11 Tests at 17.63 and has 56 T20I wickets in 68 matches, a tally of 337 international wickets. She has 264 wickets in the domestic circuit. She had retired from T20Is in 2018.

Jhulan Goswami claimed the prized scalp of Meg Lanning after sending back Rachael Haynes to hand India an early advantage in the 3rd ODI, but a late-order resistance from Beth Mooney, Ash Gardner, and Tahlia McGrath ensured that Australia posted a challenging 265/9.

Meg Lanning (Photo: Meg Lanning/Instagram)
Meg Lanning (Photo: Meg Lanning/Instagram)

Leading the series 2-0 and with a 26-match winning streak in the format, Australia’s Meg Lanning opted to bat first after a steady start by openers Alyssa Healy and a returning Rachael Haynes, who put on 41, but Australia lost both Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning in the same over to Jhulan Goswami. Alyssa Healy was run out at the non-strikers’ end before Ellyse Perry was dismissed by Pooja Vastrakar for 26 off 47 balls.

Jhulan Goswami Picked 3 Scalps, Shafali Verma And Yastika Bhatia Scored The 50s

But Beth Mooney (52) and Ashleigh Gardner (67) put on 98 runs for the fifth wicket to help Australia recover before Tahlia McGrath powered her way to a 32-ball 47. India fought back well in the death overs to dent Australia’s charge and held them to 264/9, with Pooja Vastrakar and Jhulan Goswami claiming three wickets each while went to off-spinner Sneh Rana.

Indian Women's Cricket Team
Indian Women’s Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

India women went on to win by 2 wickets with 3 balls remaining and end Australia women’s winning streak. Shafali Verma and Yastika Bhatia scored fifties. Jhulan Goswami, who set the game up with 3 for 37, sealed victory with the bat in the final over and was awarded Player Of the Match. Australia asked for more than something special from the opposition to lose an ODI at long last, India delivered it to end Australia’s 26 WODI match-winning streak.

To avert a third straight loss and a second morale-crushingly narrow defeat in under 36 hours, India women needed 24 – and character from their lower order – of the last four overs in their stiff chase of 275. Their previous highest successful ODI chase was 248, and their task was made more difficult by their efforts on the field, where they shelled four genuine chances as well as gave away misfields that cost them at least 15 runs.

Australian women had won their last two WODIs against Indian women by 9 wickets chasing 226 with 54 balls remaining and by 5 wickets in the last ball chasing 275. The action now moves to the day-night pink-ball Test starting from 30th September followed by 3 T20Is in early October.

India Women 266 for 8 (Batia 64, Verma 55, Sutherland 3-30) beat Australia Women 264 for 9 (Gardner 67, Mooney 52, Goswami 3-37, Vastrakar 3-46) by two wickets

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