England Hold On To Take Two-Wicket Twenty20 Win
England Women 126-8 (Gunn 34, Dabir 3-23) beat
India Women 125-5 (Raj 30) by two wickets
First Twenty20 International, Mumbai
England Women clinched a narrow two-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 International against India Women in Mumbai, the game going right down to the wire.
Mithali Raj top scored with 30 as India reached 125 for five but England, boosted by an innings of 34 from Jenny Gunn and nerves of steel from the lower order, got home with the win coming from the final ball of the game.
Raj faced 26 balls as India batted first and made steady progress despite Nicky Shaw, Danielle Hazell and Charlotte Edwards taking a wicket apiece.
Priyanka Roy and Sulakshana Naik both made 21.
In reply, Edwards hit 28, Beth Morgan and Lydia Greenway both managed 16 before Gunn's 34 in 24 balls got England back on track.
Three wickets from Soniya Dabir ensured the game went down to the final over, England holding on to win with Shaw unbeaten on four in three balls to ensure that the late dismissals of Hazell (14) and Gunn were not going to prevent England from taking victory.
"We were confident going into the game, the Twenty20 format really suits the young team we have out here," Edwards said.
"This is great preparation for the World Cup in May. We really want to win the series out here. We’ll look to build on today’s game ready for Saturday."
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