England v India, 1st women's ODI, Bath August 30, 2008

Gunn and Guha give England series lead

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England 125 for 2 (Atkins 45, SC Taylor 40*) beat India 124 (Raj 44, Gunn 3-13, Guha 3-30) by eight wickets
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Caroline Atkins scored 45 off 96 balls in England's eight-wicket win over India © Getty Images
 

India failed to carry their form from the win over MCC to the first ODI against England, falling to an eight-wicket defeat in Bath. Jenny Gunn and Isa Guha took three wickets each as India were bowled out for 124, a total that England overhauled in 36 overs to clinch their ninth successive win.

Guha removed the top order and Gunn took care of the lower order as seven Indian batsmen fell for less than 10 - three for ducks. England dominated from the start; Guha took two in two balls, trapping Jaya Sharma and Asha Rawat lbw, to leave India stuttering at 4 for 2.

It became 6 for 3 when Katherine Brunt had Sulakshana Naik caught for five, before Amita Sharma and Mithali Raj pumped some life into the innings with a 48-run partnership. After Sharma was caught off Guha, Hemlata Kala provided some stoical support to Raj, batting 49 minutes for her 10. Kala's dismissal triggered a further collapse - five wickets falling for six runs.

England lost opener Sarah Taylor early but Caroline Atkins, who averaged 62 in the three ODIs against South Africa, scored 45 off 96 balls and added 70 with Claire Taylor, before being run out with England needing 18 more to win.

Taylor and Charlotte Edwards quickly wrapped up the chase to give England a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The teams will now head to Taunton for the second ODI on Monday.