England see off India in first warm-up
Defending champions England women won their first ICC World Twenty20 warm-up, beating their India counterparts by 25 runs at St Paul's sporting complex near Basseterre in St Kitts.
Captain Charlotte Edwards top-scored for England with 35 out of 133 for seven on a slow wicket and was one of three bowlers to pick up two wickets as India also finished seven down.
Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole were the others to strike twice for England, for whom Sarah Taylor made an encouraging 28 on her return from a hip injury.
England once again displayed world-class fielding, Beth Morgan taking three outstanding catches at long-on as India were forced to hit out.
Edwards’ decision to bat first was rewarded as she combined for an opening alliance of 46 with Taylor, who struck a six and three fours.
Edwards also hit three fours and was well supported by Lydia Greenway, who made 13, and Morgan, whose 26 included a maximum.
Diana David took 3-27 from four overs while Gouher Sultana struck twice.
Brunt and Shrubsole soon reduced India to 30 for two, but Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur steadied the ship with 44 and 26 respectively.
However, their departures precipitated a middle-order collapse as India finished well short.
Shrubsole was the pick of England’s bowlers, taking 2-16 from four overs, while Laura Marsh, Brunt and Edwards were also economical.
Edwards said: “It’s been a great day for us, we have started the tour as well as I would have liked. It was a really solid performance, a good day at the office today.”
England face Sri Lanka at the same venue tomorrow in their final warm-up ahead of their Group A opener against Australia at Warner Park on Wednesday.
Australia warmed up with an 18-run victory over New Zealand today, while England’s other Group B opponents West Indies and South Africa lost warm-ups to Pakistan by six wickets and Sri Lanka by four wickets respectively.