India takes 3rd place after beating Kiwi girls

Last Updated: Jul 07, 2011, 23:20 PM IST

Aston Rowant: Pacer Amita Sharma and spinner Ekta Bisht shared six wickets between them as India defeated New Zealand by 32 runs in the play-off match to finish third in the Women`s Quadrangular Series.

Invited to bat, India were all out for 150 in 46.3 overs but were successful in defending the modest total as they bundled out the Kiwi side for 118 in 40.3 overs.

It was India skipper Jhulan Goswami, who started the rot by removing both the Kiwi openers -- Lucy Doolan (11) and Frances Mackay (4).

Amita got rid of Sara McGlashan (22) then Ekta ran through the rival middle-order, taking wickets of Kiwi skipper and top-scorer Aimee Watkins (32), Janet Brehaut (4) and Nicola Browne (9).

Amita then polished off the tail as she scalped Kate Broadmore (6) and Sian Ruck (1) to.

Earlier, opener Poonam Raut top scored for India with her 32-run knock off 78 balls.

Apart from Poonam, Veda Krishnamurthy (29) and Harmanpreet Kaur (21) contributed in India`s cause.

Kate Broadmore was the most successful Kiwi bowler with three wickets.

PTI