England v India, 2nd Women's ODI, Taunton

Taylor leads England's victory charge

Cricinfo staff

September 1, 2008

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England Women 103 for 0 (S Taylor 75*, Atkins 24*) beat India Women 102 (Raj 53*, Colvin 4-20, Brunt 3-14) by 10 wickets

England continued their dominant form with a crushing 10-wicket victory against India at Taunton to take a 2-0 lead in the series. They were in control from start to finish as Katherine Brunt and Holly Colvin demolished India for 102 before Sarah Taylor made light work of the run chase, becoming the youngest woman to pass 1000 ODI runs in the process.

England's bowling has been impressive all season and the visiting batsmen could barely get the ball off the square as they slipped to 11 for 4 after 13 overs. Brunt did most of the damage, but Isha Guha also played her part conceding just 12 runs in eight overs plus the wicket of Jaya Sharma.

Only Mithali Raj, playing her 100th ODI, stood in the way with a battling 53 off 100 balls. No one else could contribute very many as Colvin worked her way through the lower order. India didn't help themselves, either, as two batsmen fell to run outs to compound the problems. Brunt added to her wickets with a direct hit to remove Hemlata Kala.

Needing just 103 for victory Taylor did well to collect the 60 she needed to pass 1000 runs. She dominated the unbroken first-wicket stand with Caroline Atkins, hitting seven fours and a six as the victory came inside 25 overs.

This was a demoralising defeat for India, who will do well to lift themselves for the remaining three matches. England's chance to warp up the series comes on Thursday when the teams again meet at Taunton.

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