Jhulan joins Club 100 as India win

The fastest bowler in women's cricket, India's Jhulan Goswami becomes the fourth bowler to complete 100 ODI wickets as India beat Sri Lanka in Asia Cup.

updated: May 16, 2008 16:31 IST
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Jhulan Goswami added another feather to her cap by becoming the fourth bowler in the history of women's cricket to take 100 ODI wickets as India defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the penultimate round match of the Asia Cup here on Thursday.

Jhulan completed the century of wickets in her 82nd ODI when she had Sri Lanka's last batter Deepika Rasangika caught by Asha Rawat on the second last delivery of home team's quota of 50 overs as Sri Lanka was restricted to 123-9.

Asha and captain Mithali Raj then put on 84 runs for the unbroken third wicket partnership as India achieved victory for the loss of two wickets in 26 overs.

Asha remained unbeaten on 56 that came off 71 balls and included eight fours and one six while Mithali hit five fours in her 44-ball 36.

The day, however, belonged to Jhulan who won the ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year award at the ICC Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa in September last year.

Jhulan had entered the tournament with 96 wickets against her name and came into this match requiring two wickets to join Neetu David as the second India bowler to achieve the rare feat.

She claimed the wicket of Chamari Polgampola with her eighth delivery of the match but then had to bowl 51 more deliveries to pick the elusive wicket.

Australia's Cathryn Fitzpatrick, who took 180 in her illustrious 14-year career, leads the list of most successful bowlers, followed by Neetu (135) and Clare Taylor of England (102).

Elsewhere, off-spinner Javeria Khan recorded stunning figures of 8.1-4-8-6 as Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 38 runs to end its 12-match losing streak in the history of this tournament.

Javeria got into action when Bangladesh reached 49-3 while chasing 111 for victory. The off-spinner proved almost unplayable as Bangladesh lost its last seven wickets for 23 runs, Javeria taking six, to be bowled out for 72.

Brief Scores:

Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 38 runs
Pakistan 110 all out in 44.4 overs (Amanvia Javed 28;
Panna Ghosh 3-28, Tithy Sarkar 3-29)
Bangladesh 72 all out, 33.1 overs (Javeria Khan 6-8,
Urooj Mumtaz 3-19)

India beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets
Sri Lanka 123-9 in 50 overs (Dilani Maodara 33, Dedunu
Silva 28, Suwini de Alwis 22; Pujare Seema 3-35, Jhulan
Goswami 2-25)
India 124-2 in 26 overs (Asha Rawat 56 not out, Mithali
Raj 36 not out).