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Jhulan strikes fifty, India 165 for 4 at tea against England

Written by: Staff

London, Aug 9 (UNI) Jhulan Goswami continued to excel for the Indian eves and after a three-wicket haul with the ball, the lanky all-rounder struck a patient fifty as the visitors put up 165 for four at tea on the second day of the first Test against England at Grace Road today.

After dismissing England for 223, the Indians did not get off to a very good start in their first innings and lost opener Karuna Jain for nine. Karuna was trapped leg-before by Katherine Brunt.

The other opener Monica Sumra also departed soon -- trapped LBW by Katherine -- leaving India at a precarious 34 for two.

However, the visitors recovered through Jhulan and skipper Mithali Raj (47) and the duo combined to steady the innings for the visitors.

Both of them batted with patience and frustrated the England bowlers, who struggled to get past their solid defence. Jhulan played 189 deliveries for her 59 and was still holding fort for India when the two teams went for the tea break.

However, after the pair had taken India past the 100 mark, Jenny Gunn struck and secured another leg before dismissal for England as she trapped Mithali, who faced 122 deliveries but fell short of a fifty by three runs. The Indian captain hit eight fours in her innings.

Veteran Anjum Chopra contributed 22 in 65 balls before being adjuged LBW of a Charlotte Edward delivery.

Hemlata Kala (6) was with Jhulan at the beak.


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