Charlotte Edwards' ninth ODI hundred led England Women to their second consecutive win and gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead, when they beat India by 13 runs in the second ODI in Scarborough. Put in to bat, Edwards' unbeaten 108 helped England put on 214 for 9, which proved to be a bit too much for India, who were bowled out for 201 in the penultimate over. India were in the hunt nearly till the end but Jenny Gunn's four wickets never allowed them to be in control of the chase.
The two points put England on top of the ICC Women's Championship with Australia, India and Pakistan behind them.
Edwards, who made 57 in the first match, batted through the innings for her century, with the next highest score being 23 from Sarah Taylor. They got off to a slow start and lost wickets regularly. Heather Knight was run-out for 13 and Taylor became Shivanand Rajeshwari's first wicket in the 22nd over. But Jhulan Goswami's consecutive wickets of Lydia Greenway and Tammy Beaumont hurt them further, by getting them lbw, leaving the score at 125 for 5 in the 36th over.
Natalie Sciver joined Edwards which steadied the innings for a little over seven overs, but Rajeshwari struck again. There was little support from the tail but Edwards took England past 200. Rajeshwari picked up 4 for 42, her career-best figures, and Goswami registered 3 for 30.
India got a stable start from Smriti Mandhana's 41-ball 32 but Gunn and Kate Cross removed the top order by the 17th over. Captain Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur could not capitalise on their starts either, scoring 30 and 43 respectively. Kaur and Vellaswamy Vanitha gave them hopes with a 41-run partnership for the fifth wicket, but Anya Shrubsole broke the stand in the 35th over. Goswami made a 20-ball 18 as she and Kaur put together 33 runs before she handed a return catch to Gunn.
England did not allow India to come back from there. Kaur resisted till the 43rd over, striking five fours, and the last-wicket stand took them from 182 to 201, giving a glimmer of hope before Rajeshwari fell to Danielle Hazell.
Raj said after the match chasing 215 was not going to be easy and they were looking for better contributions from the top order. "I think our top four-five could have remained till the end," Raj said. "We looked for a good opening stand, which we didn't get, but the middle order made up for it. We lost the plot in the middle overs."
Edwards, on the other hand, was delighted with her century and the two points, giving more importance to the latter. "Delighted with the way the girls fought," Edwards said. "To win this comfortably was pretty pleasing. Jen's [Gunn] been outstanding throughout the trip so far.
"It's always nice to score hundreds, [I'm] delighted obviously, but even more with the win. I wasted a lot of time at the start but I knew I had to stay there. It's another fantastic achievement [for me], but most important is the two points and hopefully we can carry on this form to Lord's."