England Women v India Women, 1st ODI, Lord's July 1, 2012

Raj knock helps breaks England streak

ESPNcricinfo staff

India Women 230 for 5 (Raj 94*, Raut 60) beat England Women 229 (Brindle 58, Das 4-61) by five wickets

Captain Mithali Raj struck an unbeaten 94 as India Women beat England Women by five wickets to take a 1-0 lead in their five-match ODI series. The result, which was achieved with three balls to spare despite India losing two wickets in three deliveries at the end, ended England's run of seven consecutive wins in one-day internationals.

Raj, who paced her 111-ball innings supremely well, was involved in a hundred-run stand for the second wicket with Poonam Raut (60) and added a further 89 with Harmanpreet Kaur. However, Kaur's dismissal with 14 required from 15 balls led to a brief wobble, as Danielle Wyatt had Veda Krishnamurthy caught off the final ball of the 49th over - with two still needed - and Sulakshana Naik was run out without scoring from the second delivery of the final over. That dismissal brought Raj on strike, though, and she stroked the winning runs.

England's total was built around Arran Brindle's innings of 58 but India outfielded their opponents and struck at regular intervals to prevent them building partnerships. Nagarajan Niranjana claimed 3 for 28 from her 10 overs, while Archana Das took four wickets despite being more expensive. For England, who lost star opener Charlotte Edwards for a ten-ball 1, six players made between 12 and 38 but were unable to go on, as the hosts were dismissed with five balls of their allocation remaining.

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  • Sagir on July 4, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Lord Emsworth >> if i am not mistaken Guha was a spinner, wasnt she ? i was a bit surprised that she is was doing the presentation for the IPL on ITV this year and hasnt been in the england squad.. i always felt she was a very good player.. but then the selectors have their own whims at times..

    despite these two losses, overall, the England women's team is still the best at the moment.. India, Australia, NZ and to an extent the Windies have to catch up to them.. nonetheless, this has been a fantastic win for the India women.. and i hope they achieve more success..

  • Al on July 4, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    England were in a mighty hurry to get rid of Isa guha probably the best seamer they ever had. Always in and out of the team for reasons best known to the captain and her senior players, Guha dropped called it a day in very diplomatic style citing other reasons like career etc.

  • Naresh on July 3, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Well done Indian ladies!!! Now some english fans were talking of a whitewash same like the mens team. This is now not possible. Go on and win more games. Well done Mitali (surely the Sachin of ladies team)

  • Dummy4 on July 2, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    she deserved to get a hundred at lords well played she is sachin of womens cricket

  • John on July 2, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Well played India. The T20s were one sided and while I always want Eng to win it serves for a better contest

  • Ashok on July 2, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Well done India aided by magnificient batting by Skipper Raj, Raut & Kaur. It is great to see the Indian women beating England on their homeland - & above all the headquarters of cricket in England - The Lords. Fine bowling effort by Das & Niranjana kept England under control but chasing down 230 runs was fantastic effort & no mean feat. Congrats & good luck at next 2 Taunton ODI's.

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