Edwards, Brunt Get England Back To Winning Ways

Edwards, Brunt Get England Back To Winning Ways
Edwards, Brunt Get England Back To Winning Ways
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England Women 272-8 (Edwards 109) beat
India Women 240-9 (Kaur 107no) by 32 runs
Women's World Cup Group A, Mumbai

Reigning Women's World Cup champions England got their campaign back on track following their unexpected one-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka with a 32-run win over India in Mumbai.

Charlotte Edwards scored 109 as England posted 272 for eight and despite Harmanpreet Kaur's maiden ODI century in India's reply, they closed on 240 for nine, Katherine Brunt taking four for 29.

The result, coupled with West Indies' win over Sri Lanka earlier in the day leaves all four teams in the group with two points heading into the final round of group games on Tuesday, and three to qualify.

Edwards' 123-ball innings included 16 fours and her seventh ODI century and it couldn't have come at a better time with England needing a result against the hosts who had impressively thrashed the West Indies in their opening game. In the process of her innings, Edwards overtook both Belinda Clark and Karen Rolton to become the leading run-scorer in women's ODI cricket.

After opening partner Danielle Wyatt fell cheaply for two, she received good support from Sarah Taylor (35), Lydia Greenway (29), Brunt (21) and Arran Brindle, who remained at the crease when Edwards was run out, finishing on 37 not out in 32 balls to steer England to a winning score.

The irrepressible Jhulan Goswami and Nagarajan Niranjana took a brace of wickets apiece while Taylor and Heather Knight (2) were also run out.

If England faded a little towards the end of their innings, they started brilliantly with the ball, Brunt showing her prowess with the new ball yet again with the wickets of opening day centurion Thirush Kamini for 10 and the class act that is Mithali Raj for eight.

Anya Shrubsole reduced India to 29 for three by trapping Poonam Raut in front for four but the home side, buoyed no doubt by their sparkling form in the run up to this match, fought back.

Kaur and Karu Jain (56) put on 106 for the fifth wicket to get their side back into contention, Jain facing 92 balls and hitting five fours - a necessarily patient innings, but with the benefit of hindsight, perhaps a touch too patient as India, from a long way out, found themselves needing to score at a run-rate beyond which they were capable.

Kaur, however, was enjoying herself at the expense of England's bowlers, hiting her way to 107 not out in 109 balls with eight fours and two sixes and with support from Goswami (19 in 20 balls) and Reema Malhotra (17 in 21), any result remained possible.

A fine catch from Knight removed Goswami and when Brunt had Malhotra caught behind, England had regained control, confirming their victory with the dismissals of Amita Sharma and Niranjana for first-ball ducks as well as Ekta Bisht for seven as India too, could find no runs from their lower order.

Brunt ended with four for 29, Wyatt two for 52 as she made amends for her failure with the bat by dismissing Niranjana and Bisht while Shrubsole, Laura Marsh and Brindle took a wicket apiece.

The stage is now set for an exciting final round of matches in the group. England take on a resurgent West Indies side and India meet Sri Lanka with the fascinating dynamic thrown in that both winners will definitely qualify as well as one other side. All teams hold their destiny in their own hands, yet also have a tenuous grip on the destiny of their rivals.

© Cricket World 2013

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