Anuradha Doddaballapur bowls Germany to series win over France
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An all-round performance by Janet Ronalds and Anuradha Doddaballapur led Germany to a third straight win against France in the five-match T20I series on Friday (July 9). At the Bayer Uerdingen Cricket Ground, the hosts won by a whopping 65 runs to seal the series.
Germany’s captain Doddaballapur won the toss for the third time in the series and decided to bat first. Anna Healey struggled in the opening over as France’s Cindy Breteche bowled a maiden over. She was eventually dismissed by Breteche in the third over for seven. The other opener Christina Gough partnered with Doddaballapur for a partnership of 35 runs.
Ronalds then took over and played her shots even when France successfully removed Doddaballapur in the 14th over. She saw her side go past 100 in the 16th over but, she was caught and bowled by Breteche in the 17th over. Stephanie Frohnmayer’s 13 of 16 balls in the death overs led to Germany scoring 132 by the end of the 20 overs losing four wickets.
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France’s chase was shaky, to begin with as they lost Alix Brodin in the second over to Healey. Emma Bargna and Healey further squeezed the French batting as they conceded just 15 runs off four overs. By the end of the power play, France were one for 17. France’s leading run-scorer in the series, Jennifer King hit back to back boundaries in the Frohnmayer over to release the pressure.
The German captain then brought herself to bowl and she dented any hopes of a successful French chase as she removed Poppy McGeown and Thea Graham on successive deliveries in the 10th over. She added two more wickets to her tally in the next two overs. By the end of her spell, Doddaballapur’s figures were 4-1-3-4. Ronalds cleaned the tail in the 19th over to seal the match and series for Germany.
Brief score: Germany 132/4 in 20 overs (Janet Ronalds 35, Anuradha Doddaballapur 25; Cindy Breteche 2/16) beat France 67 all out in 19 overs (Jennifer King 14, Tara Britton 12; Anuradha Doddaballapur 3/4) by 65 runs