Veteran Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami on Saturday scripted history as she became the leading wicket-taker in the history of the ICC Women’s World Cup in a match against West Indies at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Ahead of the match, Goswami had recorded 39 wickets from 30 matches in the tournament overall. The 39-year-old got the wicket of West Indies spinner Anisa Mohammed to surpass former Australian spinner Lynette Fullston in the list of the highest wicket-taker in the World Cup events.
Jhulan Goswami dismisses Anisa Mohammed to become the leading wicket-taker of ICC Women’s World Cup
Goswami bowled a fuller length delivery to Mohammed who chipped it towards short mid where Taniya Bhatia took a tumbling catch to complete the dismissal. India won the match by 155 runs after the Stafanie Taylor-led side were bowled out for 162 in 40.3 overs.
Goswami played her first World Cup match against Sri Lanka in the 2005 Women’s World Cup in Pretoria, she bowled out Inoka Galagedara to claim her first wicket of the tournament and ended as the third-most wicket-taker of that edition with 13 wickets.
However, Goswami hasn’t picked a five-wicket haul in any of her World Cup matches as her best figures are 4/16. The senior Indian pace bowler has picked four wickets from three games so far in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022.
Smriti Mandhana-Harmanpreet Kaur script record fourth-wicket partnership in the tournament history
Earlier in the match, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur recorded the highest partnership for the fourth wicket in the ICC Women’s World Cup. The duo scored incredible hundreds in their alliance of 184 runs that romped India to a mammoth total of 317/8 in the first innings.
Mandhana scored 123 off 119 balls including 12 boundaries and a couple of sixes at a strike rate of 103.36 while Harmanpreet (107) was on the same page with her partner as she blazed 10 boundaries during her splendorous knock at the crease.
Harmanpreet scored her third hundred in the marquee event as she joined the likes of Stafanie Taylor, Natalie Sciver, Suzie Bates and Karen Rolton to have scored three centuries in the World Cup overall.