Monday 8 March 2010 

Marsh Leads England To Twenty20 Series Win

Marsh Leads England To Twenty20 Series Win
Marsh Leads England To Twenty20 Series Win
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England Women 126-5 (Marsh 47no, Sulthan 3-26) beat
India Women 125-4 (Kaur 30no, Hazell 1-18) by five wickets
Third Twenty20 International, Mumbai

England Women completed their tour of India with a five-wicket win in the third and final Twenty20 International in Mumbai that sealed the series 2-1.

Laura Marsh stroked an unbeaten 47 to guide England home with four balls remaining after they had been set 126 to win.

Batting first, India reached 125 for four, Harmanpreet Kaur top scoring with an unbeaten 30, Punam Raut making 26 and both Mithali Raj and Anjum Chopra hitting 22 as Marsh, Katherine Brunt, Danielle Hazell and Nicky Shaw picked up a wicket.

In reply, England's reshuffled batting order saw Brunt in at number three but she fell for four, the second of Gouher Sulthan's three wickets having already dismissed opener Hazell for two.

Marsh, who hit five fours in her 53-ball innings stood firm as Charlotte Edwards (17), Beth Morgan (28) and Jenny Gunn (22) batted aggressively to put England in a winning position.

Lydia Greenway was unbeaten on three as the winning runs were hit.

"It is great to finish the tour on a real high," captain Edwards said after the match.

"Our priority was to win the Twenty20 series. We have all worked hard as a team throughout the tour, it has been great to see some of the younger girls getting international experience and making the most of their opportunities.

"I’m looking forward to the defending our Twenty20 title in the West Indies."

  • Indian spinner Poonam Raut has been reported for bowling with a suspected illegal bowling action, the ICC has confirmed. She was reported after the second Twenty20 International against England, in which she took three wickets as India won by 30 runs. The ICC must now receive an independent analysis of her bowling action within 14 days.

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