ICC WT20: England Open With Convincing Win

ICC WT20: England Open With Convincing Win
ICC WT20: England Open With Convincing Win

England Women 113-0 (Edwards 61no, S Taylor 50no) beat
India Women 112-8 (Raj 29, Colvin 3-20) by ten wickets

ICC Women's World Twenty20 Group B, Taunton

England Women underlined their status as tournament favourites by scoring a comprehensive ten-wicket win over India Women in their ICC Women's World Twenty20 Group B match at Taunton.

Captain Charlotte Edwards thumped an unbeaten 61 in 53 balls as England chased down their target of 113 without losing a wicket.

Holly Colvin's left-arm spin returned three for 20 and Nicki Shaw picked up two for 28 as India were bowled out for 112.

Mithali Raj top scored with 29 while wicket-keeper Sulakshana Naik scored 24 but England chipped away with regular wickets, Edwards and Laura Marsh also grabbing one apiece.

Edwards then hit six fours and two sixes while Taylor contributed seven fours to ease England home in the 16th over.

“This is our biggest game and hopefully this will clinch our semi-final spot,” Edwards said.

“Everyone wanted to see how we’d react to the tag of favourites. Whenever there’s a bit of pressure on this team the players come out fighting. I was really, really pleased with Holly – she bowled so well.

“To come out and play as we have done today in front of such an enthusiastic crowd has been fantastic.”

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