Shaw thing for England
England women were victorious in a thrilling finale to the first Twenty20 international against their India counterparts as Nicky Shaw completed a two-wicket win from the last ball of the game.
The victory, by the same margin as Monday’s equally exciting final one-day international, puts England 1-0 up in the three-match rubber at Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex.
Charlotte Edwards, returning after being rested on Monday, chose to field and was rewarded as the tourists put in a disciplined display to limit India to 125 for five.
Edwards then made a steady 28 and Jenny Gunn a quickfire 34 to take England to the brink, but it was left to Shaw to finish the job.
Earlier, the hosts’ top six all reached double figures but England struck at regular intervals to check their progress.
Shaw was the first to break through when she had Sulakshana Naik caught for 21, and opening partner Anjum Chopra followed in the same manner to Danielle Hazell for 15.
Edwards had the dangerous Mithali Raj stumped for a rapid 30 before run outs accounted for Priyanka Roy and Harmanpreet Kaur, the latter with three balls of the innings remaining. Amita Sharma finished 16 not out.
England lost Ebony Rainford-Brent early on, bowled by Rumeli Dhar, but fellow opener Edwards held firm.
Beth Morgan was run out for 16 before Dabir struck twice in the 12th over to have Edwards caught and Lydia Greenway stumped for 16.
Gunn picked up the baton but lost Laura Marsh, also stumped off Dabir, and Twenty20 debutante Danielle Wyatt, who was run out.
Hazell chipped in with 14 before she was another short of her ground, in the final over from which England needed six to win.
Gouher Sultana struck a crucial blow to have Gunn caught at midwicket with four runs required from three balls, but Shaw held her nerve to score two from the last ball and put the tourists 1-0 up ahead of Saturday’s second game.
The new Brit Insurance 2010-11 official England Cricket Team kit will be available to pre order from April 1 via ecb.co.uk, and in store from April 29