Five-Wicket Win Gets England Off The Mark

Natalie Sciver celebrates
Natalie Sciver celebrates a wicket for England
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England Women 98-5 (Taylor 28) beat
India Women 95-9 (Raj 57) by five wickets
ICC Women's World Twenty20 2014 Group B, Sylhet

England claimed a five-wicket win over India to take a first win at the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh.

After Mithali Raj had made 57 out of India's modest score of 95 for nine, England reached their victory target with 11 balls to spare.

Sarah Taylor made 28 and Lydia Greenway 26 as England bounced back from a nine-run defeat to the West Indies in their opening game.

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Raj dominated India's innings and her 57 in 56 balls kept them in the game as England's bowlers enjoyed a good day.

Anya Shrubsole returned figures of three for six in her four overs while Jenny Gunn took three for 15.

There was a wicket apiece for Rebecca Grundy and Georgia Elwiss and Sravanthi Naidu was the only other Indian to reach double figures, scoring 11.

India were at 31 for five in the ninth over but Raj held their innings together enough to get some sort of score on the board.

Even with an England side not quite at their best in opposition, it would have taken some defending.

Taylor, who faced 29 balls, and Charlotte Edwards, who hit 10 in 11, gave England a solid start with a 26-run opening stand before Edwards was caught by Shikha Pandey off Soniya Dabir.

The same pair then combined to remove Tamsin Beaumont for nought and Taylor was caught and bowled by Poonam Yadav to leave England 65 for three.

Greenway added 20 more runs with Sciver to take England close and after Sciver (13) was run out by Dabir and Greenway fell to Jhulan Goswami, it was left to Heather Knight (6 not out) and Gunn (5 not out) to complete the formalities.

England play Bangladesh on Friday (28th March) and India take on the West Indies on 1st April.

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Group A: Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa Group B: Bangladesh, England, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies Fixtures & Results
23rd March: Australia v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 128-8 (Perkins 31) beat
Australia Women 121 (Blackwell 31) by 7 runs
23rd March: Pakistan v South Africa
South Africa Women 163-0 (van Niekerk 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 119-9 (Kapp 3-16) by 44 runs
24th March: England v West Indies
West Indies Women 133-7 (Taylor 56) beat
England Women 124-9 (Dottin 4-12) by 9 runs
24th March: India v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Women 128-8 (Atapattu 43) beat
India Women 106-9 (Prabodhani 2-9) by 22 runs
25th March: Ireland v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 171-3 (Bates 68) beat
Ireland Women 129-4 (C Joyce 41no) by 41 runs
25th March: Australia v South Africa
Australia Women 116-4 (Perry 41no) beat
South Africa Women 115-9 by six wickets
26th March: Bangladesh v West Indies
West Indies Women 115 (Dottin 34) beat
Bangladesh Women 79 (Quintyne 3-5) by 36 runs
26th March: England v India
England Women 98-5 (Taylor 28) beat
India Women 95-9 (Raj 57) by five wickets
27th March: Australia v Ireland
Australia Women 191-4 (Lanning 126) beat
Ireland Women 113-7 (Perry 2-17) by 78 runs
27th March: New Zealand v Pakistan
New Zealand Women 167-3 (Bates 94no) beat
Pakistan Women 108-7 by 59 runs
28th March: Bangladesh v England
England Women 137-5 (Edwards 80) beat
Bangladesh Women 58-9 (Hazell 3-4) by 79 runs
28th March: Sri Lanka v West Indies
West Indies Women 87-2 (Taylor 56no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 84 (Daley 4-15) by 8 wickets
29th March: Ireland v South Africa
South Africa Women 165-5 (Lee 43) beat
Ireland Women 79 (Ismail 3-5) by 86 runs
29th March: Australia v Pakistan
Australia Women 185-2 (Villani 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 91-9 (Perry 3-12) by 94 runs
30th March: Bangladesh v India
India Women 151-4 (Kaur 77, Raj 41) beat
Bangladesh Women 72-8 by 79 runs
30th March: England v Sri Lanka
England Women 86-3 (Taylor 36) beat
Sri Lanka Women 85-9 by seven wickets
31st March: Ireland v Pakistan
Pakistan Women 119-6 (Bismah Maroof 48no) beat
Ireland Women 105 (A Iqbal 3-18) by 14 runs
31st March: New Zealand v South Africa
South Africa Women 116-5 (du Preez 51) beat
New Zealand Women 114-9 by 5 wickets
1st April: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Bangladesh Women 115-9 (R Ahmed 41) beat
Sri Lanka Women 112-9 by three runs
1st April: India v West Indies
India Women 121-1 (Raut 56, Raj 55no) beat
West Indies 117-7 (Dottin 57) by nine wickets
3rd April: Semi-Final
Australia Women 140-5 (Villani 35) beat
West Indies Women 132-4 by 8 runs
4th April: Semi-Final
England Women 102-1 (Taylor 44no) beat
South Africa Women 101 by nine wickets
6th April: Final - Australia v England
Australia Women 106-4 (Lanning 44) beat
England Women 105-8 (Coyte 3-16) by 6 wickets