England women slip 2-0 down
England women suffered a second successive NatWest Series defeat at the hands of India after failing to chase down a modest target of 130 at Taunton.
After losing the opening game of five at Lord’s on Sunday, Charlotte Edwards’ side looked set to bounce back in style when, after winning the toss, they reduced India to 71 for nine on a damp morning.
Seamer Katherine Brunt was chiefly responsible for the tourists’ demise as she returned 4-20 from 10 overs, but a record 10th-wicket stand of 58 between Amita Sharma, who contributed 42 not out, and Gouher Sultana roused India.
Jhulan Goswami then led the way with 4-17 as England were dismissed for 114, with opener Tammy Beaumont the only batter to pass 20.
The hosts are now 2-0 down with three to play and will be determined to deliver an improved performance at the same venue tomorrow.
India made a dismal start and were 13 for three in the 10th over when Georgia Elwiss followed Brunt’s dismissal of Poonam Raut by removing Mona Meshram and Mithali Raj.
Veda Krishnamurthy and Sulakshana Naik then departed in quick succession to Brunt, who also trapped Goswami for a duck as England ran riot.
It was left to Sharma to steady the ship with a valuable 87-ball knock containing just two fours.
Although Laura Marsh struck twice, her first wicket coming courtesy of a stunning catch that saw Brunt throw the ball up before stepping over the ropes and returning to complete the dismissal, India were able to make it to the 48th over.
Things soon changed in the seventh over of England’s reply when Edwards and Sarah Taylor each fell for ducks.
Beaumont battled to 31 from 89 deliveries, but progress remained slow as wickets continued to go down at regular intervals.
Jenny Gunn and Danni Wyatt made 20 and 19 not out respectively, yet their efforts proved in vain and England were bowled out with 16 balls unused.
A dejected Brunt said: "It was a bad loss for us today, we’re very disappointed with our performance.
"I think we performed well up front; Georgia Elwiss bowled very well, she bowled tight and picked up some key wickets.
"I was delighted with the start but obviously very disappointed with the second half.
"We allowed the Indians into the game with that final wicket stand which we should have got on top of, and we didn’t take our chances.
"It was a disappointing batting performance, we were well below our usual standard. We would usually back ourselves to knock off 130 comfortably.
"We are all fighters and return tomorrow to put things right."