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Kate picks five chickens as India battled out in 221

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Taunton, June 30 (IANS) English pace bowler Kate Cross took five lanes for 34 races on Wednesday to help bowl Indian women out to 221 in the second ODI, which also saw skipper Mithali Raj score half a century before developing neck pain and handed over reins to Deputy Harmanpreet Kaur in the initial part of the inning.

“Captain Mithali Raj has neck pain and will not take the field immediately. Vice captain Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the team in Mithali’s absence. Radha Yadav is a substitute, ”said a statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

The Indian women’s team had started off with a flying start with openers Smriti Mandhana (22) and Shafali Verma (44) adding 56 before a loss on three quick wickets, including the close blunting of Shafali, put them on the back foot at 77 for three.

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Harmanpreet Kaur (19) and Mithali (59 off 92 balls) then added 68 runs for the fourth time before Harmanpreet fell. As lattice continued to tumble around her, Mithali remained the lone dough.

Towards the end, Jhulan Goswami (19) and Poonam Yadav (10) added 28 for the last time leading India over 200.

Left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone took three wickets to 33.

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