Bangladesh v West Indies, Women's World T20, Sylhet March 26, 2014

Shrubsole, Gunn steamroll India Women

ESPNcricinfo staff

England Women 98 for 5 (Taylor 28, Dabir 2-21) beat India Women 95 for 9 (Raj 57, Shrubsole 3-6, Gunn 3-15) by five wickets

India's campaign in the Women's World T20 slipped further off course as they suffered a heavy five-wicket loss to England in Sylhet. Anya Shrubsole and Jenny Gunn wrecked the batting line-up, which if not for Mithali Raj's half-century might have presented a grimmer sight than the eventual 98 for 9.

The two England seamers were remarkably effective, accounting for six batsmen and costing only 21 runs from their full quota. The fielders backed them up too, with Lydia Greenway picking up a sharp catch and effecting a difficult run-out early on. Shrubsole was judged Player of the Match for figures of 4-1-6-3.

India seemed to have exhausted their stock of good luck after winning the toss as they slumped to 31 for 5 in the ninth over, with all those dismissed failing to reach double-figures. At the other end, the captain Raj struck a doughty 56-ball 57, including eight fours to keep her side afloat. Her dismissal in the 17th over ended all hopes for late acceleration, but India managed to last the 20 overs.

Seamer Soniya Dabir orchestrated a minor top-order stutter during England's chase, but England knew they had enough time to overhaul the target. Opener Sarah Taylor had afforded her side some momentum at the top with a 29-ball 28 and Greenway came in at No. 4 to hold one end up. There was a bit of excitement at the back end when Natalie Sciver was run-out off a direct hit, but by that time England only had 11 more runs left to pocket their first victory of the tournament.

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  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Congrats to England. India was no match. Well played Raj. except for Raj, rest of the girls should have stayed back in dressing room to avoid such embarrassment.

  • John on March 27, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    @ backmarker on (March 26, 2014, 17:57 GMT) It's such a shame. Sky used to cover women's international cricket but they just seem to show dribs and drabs these days

  • Ashok on March 26, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Raj's brilliant knock of 57 out of 95 total was like a refreshing Oasis in an ordid desert! Though Shrubsole was dominant & Gunner gunned down the Indian women, Raj stood her ground firm & her knock at a S/R of over 100 stood out. India needs at least 4 batsmen of Raj's calibre before it can make a mark in the world Cricket. Goswami appears to have gone past her best years. Only Sonya Dabir showed some gumption in rattling the top of the England batting by capturing 2 wkt. including that of Edwards. Had India put up another 30 runs they would have had a fighting chance to win. With 2 losses, it looks certain that this team is preparing to go home. BCCI needs to pay more attention to Women's Cricket in India with proper funding & contracts for individual players to keep them interested in playing cricket. Already the restraints from the society are too much against women participating in sports. Award of monetary contracts will boost their image & provide the incentive to play Cricket!

  • Donovan on March 26, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Is there anywhere that you can stream these matches or get the on television?

    I would love to watch.

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