England women warm up with big win
England women 273 for 9 (Greenway 81, Taylor 52) beat Indian Board President's XI 132 (Madlik 33, Edwards 3-14) by 141 runs
England women began their tour of India with a big win over the Board President's XI in Bangalore, two days before their first ODI against India. Lydia Greenway's 82-ball 81 and Sarah Taylor's 52 took England to 273 for 9. Then spinners Laura Marsh and Charlotte Edwards ensured the win was completed with more than eight overs to spare.
The Board President's XI had reason to cheer early in the game after dismissing Edwards (17) and Ebony Rainford-Brent (1) by the sixth over. But Greenway put on half-century stands for the next two wickets - 77 with Taylor and 66 with Beth Morgan - and that took the momentum away from the home side.
Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht was one of the most economical bowlers for the Board President's XI, conceding only 48 for one wicket in her 10 overs. Medium-pacer Harpreet Dhillon took 1 for 19 in her six overs.
Chasing a steep target, the home side tripped at the start, losing opener Latika Kumari for a duck off the fifth ball. They crawled to 33 for 3 in 12 overs. Captain Babita Mandlik top scored with 33 before falling in the 24th over, caught off Marsh. The last four wickets fell in successive overs.
It was a clinical performance by the England side but for one blip; they conceded 21 wides - as compared to Board President's 13 - with Isa Guha being the main culprit, bowling seven wides and a no-ball.