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Edwards, Knight Help England Win Opener

Heather Knight plays a shot
Heather Knight scored a half-century to help England beat India in Scarborough
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England Women 153-3 (Edwards 57) beat
India Women 193-8 (Mandhana 74) by 42 runs
First One-Day International, Scarborough

A dynamic 110-run opening partnership between Charlotte Edwards and Heather Knight put England Women on course for a 42-run win over India Women in the first One-Day International in Scarborough.

The pair both scored half-centuries before England reached 153 for three in the 31st over when rain stopped the match with them comfortably ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis par score.

India had earlier scored 193 for eight in 47 overs after their innings was also cut short by the rain.

Knight followed up a three-wicket haul with the ball by scoring 53 in 71 balls while Edwards posted a belligerent 57 in 64 balls to get England well ahead of their target.

Smriti Mandhana had earlier top scored for India with 74 but aside from her efforts, there was little to cheer for India.

The match was the first in a three-match series which also counts as part of the new ICC Women's Championship, the new pathway for World Cup 2017 qualification.

Mandhana led the way for India who were invited to bat by England and her 74 came from 99 balls as she stood firm when England struck at the other end.

Anya Shrubsole (2-47) removed Thirush Kamini and Karuna Jain for two and one respectively to reduce India to 13 for two.

Mandhana then added 64 with Mithali Raj (34) for the third wicket and after Harmanpreet Kaur fell for eight, she fell in the 40th over, run out by Jenny Gunn.

VR Vanitha made 27 and Shikha Pandey a quickfire 21 not out in 14 balls as India pushed for quick runs towards the end of their innings, while Knight capitalised to finish with three for 28 with the wickets of Kaur, Vanitha and Nagarajan Niranjana (4).

England then looked to attack from the off, and were quickly into their stride with both Edwards and Knight scoring quickly in the early stages.

After another interruption due to rain, England's innings was reduced to 42 overs and their target adjusted to 184.

The pair soon took England past 50, then past 100 until India finally found a breakthrough when Edwards cut Ekta Bisht on to her stumps.

Knight fell less than four overs later when she was caught by Vanitha off Rajeshwari Gayakwad and although Lauren Winfield (15) also lost her wicket, England were in complete control, with Sarah Taylor not out on 20, and Lydia Greenway on one, when the rain arrived one final time.

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