India win by eight wickets

Claire Taylor Sulakshana Naik

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Rumeli Dhar

Rumeli Dhar bowls to Laura Newton with Claire Taylor watching

India took the NatWest Women's International Twenty20 against England in the final over of the game by eight wickets after successfully chasing 108 needed to win.

The tourists inserted the home side and England posted 107 thanks to 38 from Jenny Gunn and 21 from debutant Sarah Taylor with Jhulan Goswami taking 2-14 for India.

India got home with four balls to spare with Rumeli Dhar batting throughout the innings for 66 not out. Skipper Mithali Raj also contributed 28 and Katherine Brunt was the pick of the bowlers with 1-10.

England's innings got off to the worse possible start as Charlotte Edwards, captaining the side in an international on home soil for the first time, was bowled by Jhulan Goswami for a duck after facing just five balls.

Then two run outs saw the back of Laura Newton (7) and Claire Taylor (10) to leave England struggling on 18 for three before Gunn added some impetus in the middle order.

The all-rounder hit two fours in her 58-ball innings to help her side post a defendable score, not aided by three more run outs, including that of Sussex teenager Taylor.

Brunt did make an early dent in the Indian run-chase with the dismissal of opener Sulakshana Naik without a score on the board, but Dhar and Raj added 87 to leave them within striking distance of the winning post.

Raj was caught behind by Jane Smit off Beth Morgan to end her 37-ball knock, but Dhar and Hemlata Kala did enough to steer their side home with four balls to spare.

The two sides head down the M1 now for a change of format and the start of the npower Women's Test Series at Leicester from Tuesday.

NatWest Women's International Twenty20 Derby

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