England v West Indies, Women's World Cup 2013, Mumbai February 5, 2013

England sweep into Super Sixes

ESPNcricinfo staff

England 103 for 4 (Wyatt 40, Dottin 3-20) beat West Indies 101 (Kyshona Knight 33, Shrubsole 4-21, Brindle 3-0) by six wickets

England's bowlers successfully defused West Indies' explosive batting line-up to set up a six-wicket win that puts the holders through to the Super Six stage. Anya Shrubsole claimed career-best figures before opener Danielle Wyatt hit 40 and victory with 15 overs to spare had the added effect of damaging West Indies' net run rate, which could help decide qualification from Group A.

Only two West Indies batsmen got into double figures - and there were six ducks - as they limped to 101 all out. Katherine Brunt removed Kycia Knight with the second ball of the match before her new-ball partner Shrubsole struck three times. The run-out of West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira was followed by Brunt having Deandra Dottin caught behind, leaving the innings in tatters at 31 for 6.

Kyshona Knight, batting at No. 4, and Shanel Daley staved off complete disaster with a partnership of 58 but the introduction of Arran Brindle hastened the end of the innings. Brindle took 3 for 0 from two overs, having top-scorer Kyshona Knight stumped for 33, and Shrubsole returned to complete a four-wicket haul, with Daley unbeaten on 30.

In reply, Wyatt and Brindle put on 66 for the first wicket, as England appeared to be cruising into the Super Sixes. Dottin took two in two balls as four wickets fell for 13 runs but Heather Knight struck three boundaries to make sure Charlotte Edwards, England's captain who had been feeling unwell, did not have to bat. The only other flutter for England was caused by Brunt having to leave the field during West Indies' innings with a suspected twisted ankle.

Although West Indies had gone into their final group game with a healthy NRR of +1.040, it fell to +0.276 in defeat and they will have to wait on the result of India's match with Sri Lanka to determine whether they stay in the tournament.

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  • j on February 6, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Love seeing all the trolls stay in their caves after England win yet again. Golden. :)

  • Roo on February 6, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    @jmcilhinney... The article did say that Charlotte was feeling ill - re: her batting position, so hopefully she's over it before the next game...

  • John on February 5, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    A good win and a dominant performance by England but not exactly clinical. 23 wides?! In a score of 101 that's not going to hurt but on another day that could well be the difference between winning and losing. A bit of a stutter with the bat too, although Edwards didn't bat so things may have been different if the she'd come in at her normal position. I guess that she wanted to give others time in the middle, which didn't exactly go to plan.

  • mark on February 5, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    watching my first ever women's cricket match.. mmm what wonderful performance by SL girls...excellent batting,bowlling and fielding.. keep it up girls and win more matches to go as much as u can up in the ladder to WC...good disciplined all round performance by SL....its sad to see India going out of the tournament,but surprise is, like in men's matches, its SL women chased out India out of the tournament!!!....hard to understand why its always at the hands of India... anway long way to go SL gals, all the best in S/Six round.

  • Vijay on February 5, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    I think this loss will shut Mitali mouth. I m indian and i want india to win every time if not everytime than i dnt want this kind of dull performance from india. What kind of team management they are asking?? Its very difficult to understand we cant find 7-8 players who can score 6-7 runs per over or more! See the fitness of kimini, she is opening n she can't run two. She is jogging while taking run. Are u making full. U r chasing 283 to win and 251 runs need to qualify still u girls are playing 2-3 runs per over! Every one is just blocking n blocking! No effort is made to play agressive. Its called poor captainship n poor team management! Plz its time for chance now! Plz find those girls who can score 6-7 runs per over, who can smash six -four whenever wherever required! Its Time 4 change "Big change" !

  • chamal on February 5, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Come-on girls u did a massive job, proud be srilankan sorry for poor Indians it is too good performance from us have to have good practice to compete with us

  • Indian on February 5, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    I think SriLanka will (should!) win this tournament... excellent improvement!

  • dhanu on February 5, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    ...I'm sri lankan and i didn't watch women's cricket before...but decided to watch super sixes... Wlldone SL Women.....Both SL Men and Women teams MADE OUR TINY, ISALAND LIVING NATION proud....... Good luck for next round...

  • Karen on February 5, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    cheeer for SL women's cricket.... you mke cricket worth watching!! All the best n do wht you r doin cos whatever it is,,,,, it's working!!!!

  • thusin on February 5, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    woow...nice job SL gals..It was a great sigh from the start, and long way to and good platform for the future of SL cricket..what a way to show off for the Men's team.... PS: who is the chief selector for Womens cricket again?

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