Greenway guides England home
England women continued their unbeaten run in the NatWest Quadrangular Series with a six-wicket victory over India at Derby.
Chasing 203, the home side manufactured an almost perfect run-chase with three fifty partnerships to cruise home with 28 balls remaining. It was England's fifth win of summer.
However, there might have been a few jitters in the dressing room when Heather Knight was comprehensively cleaned up by Jhulan Goswami in the first over.
New batsman Danielle Wyatt looked in good touch with an emphatic pull for four off the same bowler but the diminutive all-rounder did not last long, pinned in front by Amita Sharma to leave England rocking at 27 for two.
Continuing her fine form from the Twenty20 series, which England won, Charlotte Edwards regularly peppered the boundary in reaching her 36th one-day international half-century, which arrived from 84 balls.
Claire Taylor joined Edwards at the crease - the captain and her faithful lieutenant - and the pair gradually hauled England back into contention.
But, in a rare misjudgment, Edwards charged down the wicket next ball and was stumped for 51 off Gouhar Sultana, bringing the 57-run stand to an end.
After being stuck in single figures, Claire Taylor slowly began to show the form of old, manipulating the bowling into gaps and running hard with Lydia Greenway.
In reaching 37 Taylor became just the sixth player in women's cricket and the second England player - Edwards was the first - to make 4,000 ODI runs.
She managed just four more before confusion reigned in the middle and she was run out after being sent back by Greenway.
Smarting from the dismissal which left England 136 for four, Greenway took it upon herself to see England home, stroking two boundaries in quick succession to douse India's hopes of a turnaround.
Sarah Taylor played her part too, unfurling some trademark cover drives, which left the Derby crowd purring with delight.
Greenway reached a half-century, her seventh in ODIs, just moments before Taylor pulled Goswami for four to complete the victory. Greenway was unbeaten on 51 and Taylor 33.
Earlier, Edwards elected to bowl first under a steely grey sky, which soon gave way to glorious sunshine.
The home side were celebrating in the second over when Anagha Deshpande was run out for nought attempting a suicidal single to Greenway at backward point.
England then snared the dangerous Mithali Raj, also for a duck, who was smartly caught behind by Sarah Taylor, standing up, off Isa Guha.
At 15 for two England had hopes of an early night, but those faded once Punam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur linked up to dig their side out of trouble with an 83-run partnership.
The hosts had to wait until the 31st over for a breakthrough when the unusually erratic Holly Colvin trapped Kaur lbw, the batsman paying the price for an ugly heave across the line.
The dogged Raut brought up her fifty, from a pedestrian 115 deliveries, but she soon perished when Colvin's laser-guided throw from gully caught the opener short of her ground.
India's response to being pegged back to 128 for four was to attack with precocious debutant Veda Krishnamurthy and captain Goswami laying into anything loose.
Belying any first match nerves, 18-year-old Krishnamurthy raced to a maiden half-century from just 54 balls with eight boundaries.
She eventually fell to the returning Brunt as India's innings fell away in the late dash for runs.
In the other game today, Australia beat New Zealand by 29 runs at Chesterfield. The White Ferns were all out for 232 in 47.5 overs after their opponents finished nine down.
Australia’s Jess Cameron top-scored with 79 before Sarah Coyte and Shelley Nitchske split six wickets while Sara McGlashan struck 65.