India v England, Women's World Cup 2013, Mumbai

England bounce back with comfortable win

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

February 3, 2013

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England Women 272 for 8 (Edwards 109) beat India Women 240 for 9 (Kaur 107*, Jain 56, Brunt 4-29) by 32 runs
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Harmanpreet Kaur scored an unbeaten century, India v England, Women's World Cup 2013, Group A, Mumbai, February 3, 2013
Harmanpreet Kaur, by scoring a century, reduced India's margin of defeat to 32 runs © ICC/Solaris Images
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After their shock last-ball defeat to Sri Lanka two days ago, England were back to what they do best, beating opponents with superior skill, athleticism and power. Leading the comeback, or restoring normalcy, was the captain Charlotte Edwards, with her seventh century that also made her the highest-run getter in the history of women's ODIs. After a scratchy start, Edwards grew in confidence to hit boundary after boundary as India's attack failed to contain her onslaught.

In the chase, as expected, Katherine Brunt came hard at India, who were soon reduced to 29 for 3, the same position that England had been against Sri Lanka. England had batted first that day, and could afford to take their time to scrap and rebuild to 238. But Mithali Raj had chosen to field, and watched Edwards and No. 3 Sarah Taylor reel off a brisk century partnership for the second wicket. Faced with an asking rate that soon went above a run a ball, India never looked like coming close to getting 273, despite vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur's defiant refusal to give up with a counter-attacking, maiden, unbeaten ODI hundred.

Raj had hoped for early wickets with the new ball when she sent England in early in the morning, but Edwards barely gave India a sniff after a quiet start, her first 20 deliveries producing the lone single. She got beaten outside off stump, inside-edged to leg and pushed the ball uncertainly to the field. India took out the other opener Danielle Wyatt, who could not push on after being dropped off Jhulan Goswami at slip by Thirush Kamini, and turned the bowler straight to midwicket in the fifth over.

In walked the highly-rated Taylor, returning after missing the Sri Lanka game with an injury. Her front-foot driving has been much talked about, and she soon showed why, effortlessly leaning into length deliveries and dispatching them through extra cover. Edwards started to find some rhythm with a couple of crisp cuts. India started to look flat, their bowlers failing to test the batsmen, and their fielders failing to cut off boundaries. It took a direct hit from Amita Sharma to send Taylor, who had slowed down against spin, back in the 28th over.

There was no let-up in the supply line of support for Edwards, who had now started stroking fours in clusters. If anything, England only shifted a few gears up. Lydia Greenway swept and slog-swept to 29 off 27, Brunt was promoted to lash 21 off 16, and Arran Brindle lofted her way over the infield to an unbeaten 37 off 32. Edwards reached her century, meanwhile, with a late steer to the fine third man rope off her 113th delivery. It was a tired rush for a single in the 44th over which found Edwards short of her crease for 109 off 123.

The noisy Brabourne crowd, confined to the upper tier of the North Stand, grew to around 2000-strong as India built their chase after the early losses. Raj had said England were heavily reliant on Brunt, and Brunt did not let England down. First ball of the fifth over, Thirush Kamini, centurion against West Indies, was trapped in front. Raj herself went after Brunt, an upper cut off a short delivery finding third man in the seventh over. The other opener Poonam Raut missed an attempted tuck to leg off Anya Shrubsole and was given lbw.

Kaur and wicketkeeper Karu Jain set about repairing the innings with a steady century stand. While Jain wasn't short of effort, she struggled to beat the infield at times in making 56 off 92. Kaur flowed into an extra-cover drive second ball, and never looked back, displaying admirable calm under pressure for someone only 23. Her straight hitting was a treat to watch, as she generated power and timing through well-judged use of her feet to chip down the pitch. She also placed the cut superbly and even played her own version of the slog-sweep, as she had against West Indies, a swift, sharp downward movement of the bat sending the ball almost over the deep backward square leg rope.

England chipped away at the other end. A flagging Jain mishit a heave to backward point off Brindle in the 34th over with 138 still needed. Raj promoted Goswami, who slogged a few boundaries before falling to an outstanding, leaping take by Heather Knight at mid-off. Knight had batted at No. 8 and been run out for 2. She didn't bowl in the game, but her catch, among the many tough chances that England otherwise put down, probably ended whatever little aggression Kaur could hope for from the other end.

From 172 for 5, Kaur was chiefly responsible for stretching the innings to 240, a drive to long-on in the 46th over raising her maiden ODI century, off 102 deliveries. Brunt wasn't done yet, and in the next over, struck off successive balls as England closed the door firmly on India, with Kaur returning unconquered.

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Posted by JG2704 on (February 5, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

@Syd Egan on (February 4, 2013, 10:32 GMT) re "Er... but didn't this match basically PROVE her point? Take away Brunt's overs/ wickets and what have you got? Hol-Col was economical, but never looked threatening; and then who...???"

- well you don't have to look threatening to succeed in this game. Going for under 3 and over off 10 is surely as good (if not better) as/than taking 3-50/60. Economy is a huge part of this format If Colvin was average why weren't India creaming her bowling? Only Wyatt went for over 6 an over (6.5) and that included her bowling overs when Kaur unleashed her assault. And all this before today's game when Brunt was outdone in the wickets column by 2 more Eng bowlers

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 5, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge. And SL women superior to English , huh? I remember the 5-0 and 3-2 thrashings too.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

"Lottie may be a bit of a liability."

I think she is probably reaching the end of her time - she is starting to resemble end-of-career Andrew Strauss in more than just her interview technique ("well... look..."). She is obviously class and she has been a great captain, but she has been horribly inconsistent over the past couple of years - a couple of hundreds masking an awful lot of scores the wrong side of 20.

But the problem is... who else? There isn't anyone else who can backbone an innings - certainly not SJT, who is turning into David Gower - beautiful to watch, but terminally unable to curb her equivalent of Gower's waft outside off stump - the dizzy skip down the wicket (ooops - I got stumped... again!)

"Ill-advised comments so often come back to haunt you, don't they, Mithali?"

Er... but didn't this match basically PROVE her point? Take away Brunt's overs/ wickets and what have you got? Hol-Col was economical, but never looked threatening; and then who...???

Posted by JG2704 on (February 4, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

@ trav29 on (February 03 2013, 19:51 PM GMT) Yeah , I hope I didn't sound too down on her but in a close game where she doesn't hit the big score it can not only cost her but other players runs. Don't think any other woman would have got run out when Charlotte did. But top inns and a lovely person

@ Haleos on (February 04 2013, 08:13 AM GMT) To be fair , she made one remark in the context of a full interview and that grabs the headlines. But I always think you should be careful what you say about opposition

Posted by JG2704 on (February 4, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

Good win for the English women. Strange group this , India thrashing WI and then losing to Eng who in turn lost to SL who in turn were trounced by WI. It's looking good for qualification as WI would have to annihilate us for Eng not to qualify. One thing I agree with the commentators on is the over rate in the women's game and maybe that's why the women's 50 over games don't seem to drag as they do in the man's game

Posted by Haleos on (February 4, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

There u go. Too much talk from Mithali before the match. You should talk after you perform. SL scored more against this not so good bowling attack.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

@Ajayvs ... Come on ..Don't be so critical on Kaur... Taking 3 balls to score her first maiden century isn't just bad ...She almost scored run a ball century ..Also Group A was so competitive that every run contributes towards the run-rate ....this is so crucial for entering into the super six.. The way she batted yesterday, I have no doubt in my mind tat she will be one of the best players in the future ...

Posted by avani on (February 4, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

India fought well. However, I would like to highlight below points which India needs to rectify in coming matches: 1. Inspite of A Sharma's splendid economical bowling with 4 overs she was not given any further bowling except the 50th over. 2. Raj insisted with Sultana who was leaking runs. 3. KV Jain though gave good suppot to Kaur, she could not phase her innings and wasted too many balls (56 of 92 balls). 4. In England innings, besides Edward's century, few batters chipped in with quick burst of 20 to 40 runs with strike rate of above 100. But in India's innings no other baters could give this type of support to Kaur. 5. Raut was extra cautious to start the innings. When you have mamoth score to chase you cannot afford to waste 20+ balls to score mere 4 runs. I am not saying you need to be very aggressive but should not be too defensive in approach. that will only allow bowlers to dominate. Best of luck to India for rest of the matches.

Posted by Ajayvs on (February 4, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

A word on Harmanpreet Kaur, she seems to be serious talent. She has the gift of timing and the way she maneuvered the spinners was superb. Just as their men counterpart it looks like the Indian batswomen also cannot resist the lure of a century. It was disappointing to see that when 20 odd balls were left and the asking rate was 13-14 runs per over, Harmanpreet three balls to move from 99 t0 100. Mind you the team was still likely to loose but the cricketers putting their personal milestones above team cause is quite disappointing.

Posted by Ajayvs on (February 4, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

The standard of women's cricket has improved dramatically over the last few years. The skills and technique are pretty much comparable to men's game. They lack in power compared to men's game, which is true with other sports too. Its heartening to see the spinners flight the ball and try to deceive the batsmen in flight. This art is all but lost in men's game.

Posted by Winchester666 on (February 3, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

@brusselslion - Another Australia England final? Just so you know, not one of the last 5 finals has featured Australia vs England. 1993 - Eng vs NZ. 1997 - Aus vs NZ. 2000 - Aus vs NZ. 2005 - Aus vs Ind. 2009 - Eng vs NZ.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 3, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

Ekta Bisht cud score only 1 run of the penultimate over but even then it would have been near imp for Kaur to score 40-45 off the last 12. Eng's total was a bit too big for Indian girls but it wasn't total submission and Ind ran Eng quite close. Some wickets were lost at the wrongest of times else who knows...

Btw, I really really love the way Edwards smiles. It is a bit too big but looks so cute on her. I remember very well how she had a somewhat sheepish+wishful smile on her face in the Eng-Aus WT20 final when Eng were behind all the while in the chase and yet just a bit of effort might have won them the match and Edwards knew it well that some 6 somewhere or some luck wud do it for them but at the same time knew that it wont happen.

Posted by trav29 on (February 3, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

@JG i was thinking the exact same thing watching her bat. her inability to take what should have been comfortable singles or only get a single where there should have been two etc etc probably cost us around 20 runs. hard to be too critical when she played a cracking innings tho . maybe cant see her playing on for too long after this tournament tho.

Posted by Nampally on (February 3, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

I felt the Umpiring might have done the Indian team In. Both Edwards & Taylor survived very close LBW calls & at least Taylor looked plumb out to Sultana. On the other hand both the Indian openers were given out LBW with at least one very dubious decision to a ball going down the leg side. Since it was the century partnership between the England openers that rescued them,the Umpiring did have a big influence on the result. Nevertheless Indiam team played very well. I felt a couple of lose overs from first change Indian bowler got England back in the game. Had the Indian openers bats going, India might have chased the total right up to the last ball. But despite losing them early, India made a game of it thru' brilliant century by kaur. A lot had been made of Raj's statement that England bowling was weak but for Brunt. She was right because it was Brunt who got 4 Wkts. Also Raj was merely echoing the similar statement made earlier by Edwards. India came close but not enough to Win!.

Posted by Nagendren on (February 3, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

There is nothing to lose for the Indian Women due to this single lose.It was only a great gain for them.Indians will be happy to see some of the batters other then Mithali have shown their skills.Thirush kamini's century at the opener of WWC who was out to a good delivery from brunt and Harmanpreet kaur's century today will give lot of confidence to the team.They will start beleiving in other which is very important.But it seems as if Indian spin department not so good.They were pushing the ball towards leg side when edwards the centurion was struggling to get through.Now it is time for the indian team to take only the positives in the game against Srilanka.India cannot afford to take the lankans lightly because they have shown their hunger to win games by defeating the current champions England.Chak de INDIA.....

Posted by JG2704 on (February 3, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

As for the game , and this will sound controversial to many after scoring a ton but I wonder if Lottie may be a bit of a liability. The reason why I say this , is that running between the wickets is a big part of the women's game and I noticed many instances where I believe they could have taken a run where no run was taken and settled for a single where a 2 was on the card etc. I wonder if this was also part responsible for ST's poor SR , although I don't feel ST was at her best despite what the commentators say. I just wonder if there was corrective surgery she could have to put things right/make it better. Also I felt that any other player would not have got run out when Lottie did. Also (and this may sound like an anti Lottie post) I'd have given player of match to Brunt who changed the momentum of the inns with the bat and bowled well taking 4 wickets , but well played Lottie and England as a whole. A good comeback win

Posted by brusselslion on (February 3, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

@kc69: Three qualify for the Super Sixes. Another England - Australia final looks likely.

Posted by Nish_US on (February 3, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Only 8 comments....common guys you are better than this... Is this the support that you offer to a world cup contest between two top notch teams...It may be women's but it is cricket afterall

Posted by Nish_US on (February 3, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Statistically viewed, woman of the match should have been Brunt, for the way she increased the tempo and the run rate when she batted and having got 4 wickets -- two top order of the captain and the one who just scored a century in the previous game....

when it comes to batting Edwards scored only 2 more runs than Kaur playing 14 more balls -- ofcorse Edwards batted brilliantly but so did Kaur...

Always think Batsmen/women are preferred for the MOM, even when they score less %of the total runs scored, at the other hand there is a bowler who takes more % of the total wickets and also contributes with the bat....

Posted by kc69 on (February 3, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

Sri Lanka's win over England was a fluke.I see England and India(Or Windies with a slight chance) going through from this group facing Australia and NZ.

Posted by bumsonseats on (February 3, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

well done girls of of both teams. but as was in the indian test series outspoken comments sometimes comes back to haunt you.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 3, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

Why Mithaly selected fielding after winning the toss ? And he should avoid such cemments she made about England bowlers

Posted by Kitschiguy on (February 3, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Ill-advised comments so often come back to haunt you, don't they, Mithali?

Posted by rajattiwaari on (February 3, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Harmanpreet kaur is such a fine batting talent. Her innings today was top notch . Sad that India lost but it was a very good match.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 3, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

England's women superior to India's at cricket then. Everyone remembers the absolute thrashing the English men's team gave India recently in India, well done to the Englishwomen for doing the same.

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