India v England, Women's World Cup 2013, Mumbai February 3, 2013

England bounce back with comfortable win


England Women 272 for 8 (Edwards 109) beat India Women 240 for 9 (Kaur 107*, Jain 56, Brunt 4-29) by 32 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John 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

  • Manesh 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.

  • Dummy4 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...???

  • John 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

  • John 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

  • Rakesh 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.

  • Dummy4 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 ...

  • avaneesh 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.

  • Ajay 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.

  • Ajay 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.