Record-breaker Edwards underpins vital win
Charlotte Edwards became the leading run-scorer in women’s one-day internationals as England bounced back from their shock defeat to Sri Lanka with a hard-fought 32-run victory over World Cup hosts India.
Edwards’ 109, which took her beyond Belinda Clark’s record of 4,844 ODI runs, underpinned a healthy total of 272 for eight after England had been invited to bat first on a surface that offered early assistance to the seamers.
India were reduced to 29 for three in reply and, although Harmanpreet Kaur did her best to keep the game alive with a sparkling maiden hundred of her own, the required rate eventually spiralled beyond control.
Mithali Raj’s team finished on 240 for nine, with Kaur’s unbeaten 109-ball 107 proving in vain.
England’s success, which leaves all four teams in Group A locked on two points heading into the final round of fixtures, was not solely down to their skipper’s fine innings.
The fit-again Sarah Taylor, Lydia Greenway, Arran Brindle and Katherine Brunt all made valuable contributions with the bat, while the latter was the pick of a bowling attack that operated with greater discipline than they had managed two days earlier.
Brunt returned 4-29 from nine hostile overs, while the accurate Holly Colvin conceded only two boundaries en route to an economical analysis of 10-1-29-0.
Their fine efforts followed a performance from Edwards that must rank among the grittiest she has produced in 162 ODI appearances.
She struggled badly for timing at the start of her innings as the new ball nipped around, but gradually grew in stature alongside the fluent Taylor after Danni Wyatt had departed cheaply to Jhulan Goswami.
A second-wicket partnership of 100 came to an end when Taylor was run out by the smallest of margins attempting a quick single to mid-on.
By that stage England had momentum and Edwards duly moved into top gear, displaying her full range of strokes, while Greenway and Brunt - promoted to make use of the batting powerplay - added 29 and 21 respectively in quick time.
Two further run-outs, including the dismissal of Edwards, threatened to derail the defending champions, but Brindle’s unbeaten 37 ensured a challenging target was set.
Brunt then had Thirush Kamini lbw and Raj caught at third man in successive overs, before Anya Shrubsole, who later left the field with an injury, pinned Poonam Raut in front to leave India’s reply in tatters.
Kaur, who studded her largely watchful innings with sporadic bursts of controlled aggression, refused to give in and shared 106 with the patient Karu Jain.
Yet once Jain had been caught at backward point off Brindle for 56, India’s lower order was unable to offer sufficient support.
Heather Knight pulled off a wonderful one-handed catch at mid-off to account for the dangerous Goswami and Brunt returned to snare two more scalps as Kaur was left stranded.
Live Text Commentary
10:48am – END OF MATCH - Ind 240/9 - ENGLAND WIN BY 32 RUNS!!! - Bisht’s torturous innings ends when she picks out deep midwicket off Wyatt. The rest of the over is uneventful and England are able to celebrate an impressive win. With the skipper leading from the front, the defending champions have bounced back very strongly today.
10:44am - No hat-trick for Brunt, but I’m sure she won’t mind too much. Her four-wicket haul has taken England to the brink of victory. After a succession of air-shots from tailender Ekta Bisht, India need a highly improbable 39 from the final over. No over-stepping please Danni...
10:37am – WICKET! Niranjana c sub (Beaumont) b Wyatt 0; Ind 225/8 - Three in three balls for England! Wyatt has Nagarajan Niranjana caught on the cut with the first ball of the 48th over. With 48 needed from 17, this match appears to be almost over.
10:35am - WICKETS! Malhotra c Taylor b Brunt 17 & Sharma c Edwards b Brunt 0; Ind 225/7 - The hugely impressive Brunt strikes with successive balls and England are now strong favourites. A well-directed short ball induced a thick edge through to Sarah Taylor from Malhotra, while Amita Sharma sent a top-edged pull spiralling to midwicket.
10:30am - CENTURY! Kaur (102b 8x4 2x6) - Greenway moves to her left at mid-off, but is unable to grasp a one-handed chance offered up by Reema Malhotra. England will be happy with that over from Wyatt, though, as it only cost seven. Kaur swings Marsh over midwicket for four despite losing her balance mid-shot and then brings up a maiden ODI ton with a single to long-on. A wonderful effort, but India need 53 from 24 balls if it is to prove a match-winning one.
10:22am – Kaur slog-sweeps Brindle and is inches from collecting a third six as the ball drops agonisingly short of the rope. India are just about keeping in touch with the required rate, which stands at just over 11 with six overs remaining. A wicket for England now would be huge.
10:17am – Another maximum from Kaur ensures England are not able to rest easy. This is now the 23-year-old’s highest ODI score and she has a century in her sights.
10:12am - Kaur is certainly key for India here. She launches Wyatt back over the bowler’s head for a huge straight six. Just five come from Brindle’s next over, however, leaving 87 required from 48 balls.
10:01am - WICKET! Goswami c Knight b Marsh 19; Ind 172-5 - Take a bow Heather Knight! Goswami looks to go downtown but the fielder leaps high into the air to pull off a stunning catch at mid-off. That will make Gunn feel better!
9:59am - That will be the end of Shrubsole’s day. She pulls up lame at the start of her seventh over and is forced to leave the field. Marsh takes over and is immediately cut to the fence by Kaur. Goswami then drills Brunt down the ground for two fours, keeping India in the hunt. They need 106 from 11 overs.
9:48am - MISSED CHANCE - Another mishap for Gunn in the field. This time she collides with another fielder when looking to reach a loose stroke from Goswami. Brunt is testing out the middle of the pitch, prompting Goswami to call for a helmet.
9:42am – DROPPED CHANCE - Goswami flays the returning Shrubsole to extra-cover, where Jenny Gunn shells a sharp chance. England were made to pay when Gunn dropped Eshani Kaushalya on Friday. Will this miss prove costly?
9:36am - Jhulan Goswami, a powerful striker of the ball, has joined Kaur and India need their fifth-wicket pair to make the most of the batting powerplay, with 133 needed from 15 overs.
9:30am - WICKET! Jain c Marsh b Brindle 56; Ind 135/4 - An eventful over from Brindle! Firstly, Jain is dropped by Charlotte Edwards, who failed to take a dipping low chance at short fine-leg. Kaur then moves to 50 (66b 4x4 0x6) before Jain serves up a simple catch to Marsh at backward point. England will be delighted to have broken that stand.
9:27am – CENTURY PARTNERSHIP - A delightful reverse-paddle from Jain brings up the hundred stand ... and what an important one it has been. Wyatt thinks she has Kaur caught behind off a quicker ball in an over yielding just two, but no-one else agrees.
9:20am - FIFTY! Jain (83b 4x4 0x6) - Kaur and Jain both seek to up the tempo with unorthodox strokes, but just three runs come from Marsh’s fifth over. Wyatt, another off-spinner, replaces Colvin and sees Jain move to 50 with a leg-side single.
9:14am - Kaur’s fourth four comes via a slightly streaky bottom edge through third man off Marsh. India still have the hard-hitting Jhulan Goswami to come and will still fancy their chances providing they can continue to keep wickets in hand. Colvin concedes only her second four and finishes with admirable figures of 10-1-29-0.
9:04am – England have been much sharper in the field today. Danni Wyatt pulls off a fine diving stop at deep cover to save two runs before Jain narrowly clears a leaping Lydia Greenway at mid-on. India are having to take a few more risks now.
9am - Boundaries remain in short supply and India now need more than seven an over. There is intent being shown by the batters, but Colvin and Brindle are bowling with great discipline.
8:52am – India’s fourth-wicket pair just cannot get Colvin away. The slow left-armer has 0-13 from six overs and is doing a great job for her skipper. Another fine piece of fielding in the deep from Brunt almost results in a wicket, but Kaur just about makes it home at the non-striker’s end.
8:45am - Kaur displays aggression in thumping Marsh down the ground, but Colvin remains economical, conceding a solitary single in her latest set of six. Arran Brindle is subsequently introduced and gives up four singles. The asking rate is rising...
8:33am – The previously becalmed Jain sweeps Marsh for a much-needed four. However, a superb piece of boundary fielding from Brunt prevents a cover drive from reaching the rope in the next over.
8:26am - Colvin is proving difficult to get away and the required run-rate is rising as a result. India need 219 from 35 overs, which will take some getting.
8:17am - Time for some spin, with Holly Colvin taking over from Brunt. Wicketkeeper Karuna Jain puts away a full toss for the only scoring shot in the spinner’s first over. Another slow bowler, Laura Marsh, keeps things similarly tight and India have 46 on the board after 12 overs.
8:10am - England will not allow themselves to become complacent, but it is a long way back for India from here. A pair of driven fours from Harmanpreet Kaur off Shrubsole provide welcome relief for the hosts, who have really struggled to handle the hostile Brunt.
8am - WICKET! Raut lbw Shrubsole 4; Ind 29/3 - Two wickets in four balls! Raut is pinned in front by Shrubsole and India are in a real pickle!
7:55am – WICKET! Raj c Shrubsole b Brunt 8; Ind 29/2 - England get the big wicket and it is Brunt who does the damage once again! Raj is caught at third man after playing a deliberate upper-cut over the slips.
7:51am - We have a good battle on our hands now, with Brunt - the ICC’s number-one ranked bowler - taking on Raj - the number-one batter. India’s skipper narrowly avoids a fierce bouncer and then opens the face to pick up four through point. An elegant cover-drive off Shrubsole doubles her score.
7:42am - WICKET! Kamini lbw Brunt 10; Ind 17/1 - Brunt makes the breakthrough for England, trapping Kamini in front with one that swung back. That brings Mithali Raj, the critic of England’s bowlers, to the crease.
7:41am - Shrubsole beats Kamini with a beauty that seamed away, but then pays the price for straying in line once again as the in-form left-hander finds the midwicket rope.
7:37am - Anya Shrubsole, preferred to Georgia Elwiss today, starts with a loose delivery that is pulled fine by Thirush Kamini. England tighten things up thereafter, however, leaving Raut on two from 15 deliveries.
7:29am – India’s openers, who put on 175 against West Indies three days ago, will have to face a fired-up Brunt first of all. The seamer is denied a maiden when a full delivery deflects off Poonam Raut’s front pad and races down to the fine-leg fence.
7:24am - The run-chase is about to begin. Interestingly, India skipper Mithali Raj suggested yesterday that England are overly reliant on Katherine Brunt. I’m sure the other members of England’s attack will be eager to prove her wrong!
6:50am - END OF INNINGS - Eng 272/8 - Sharma, who has been strangely under-used today, returns for the final over. A pulled four from Holly Colvin represents the highlight for England as nine runs come from it. England finish with 272 - a fine effort considering their early struggles.
6:45am – WICKET! Marsh c Goswami b Niranjana 13; Eng 263/8 - Anything Tillakaratne Dilshan can do, Laura Marsh can do better! A tremendous scoop off Niranjana adds four to the total. Marsh then advances down the track and lofts over cover for a second boundary before being caught at long-on.
6:42am - Brindle opens the face to pick up a handy four over short third man. England end the 48th over with 254 to their name. Can they make it up to 270, I wonder?
6:32am - WICKET! Knight run out 2; Eng 236/7 - Sloppy stuff from England. Knight is run out at the non-striker’s end, having dashed halfway down the track only to be sent back by Brindle.
6:29am - WICKET! Gunn c Malhotra b Niranjana 3; Eng 232/6 - Jenny Gunn was England’s top-scorer against Sri Lanka, but falls cheaply today when holing out to long-off. India have just wrested some momentum back here.
6:21am – WICKET! Edwards run out 109; Eng 224/5 - A wonderful innings comes to an end! Edwards is called through for a quick single by Brindle, but is unable to make her ground. India will be delighted with that.
6:19am - Brindle takes the aerial route to claim consecutive fours over the leg side off Sultana. Edwards’ early struggles, meanwhile, seem a distant memory as the captain hits over extra-cover for her 16th four.
6:08am - WICKET! Brunt c Sharma b Sultana 21; Eng 198/4 - That’s the end of Brunt’s fun. She cuts Sultana straight to point, but England will be more than satisfied with her powerful contribution. Arran Brindle is in at six.
6:06am - Another violent swipe to leg from Brunt achieves the desired result. The Barnsley-born seamer then takes a liking to Goswami, whose figures are taking something of a battering. A fierce thump through the covers is followed by a lofted straight drive that races to the rope. England are well and truly motoring and have 198 on the board with 10 overs still to come.
5:59am - CENTURY!! Edwards (113b 15x4 0x6) - Brunt shows why she has been moved up the order, thumping Bisht over the infield at backward square-leg. In the next over, Edwards plays a delicate cut down to third man and brings up her seventh ODI hundred in the process! This has been a wonderful performance from the captain; after a shaky start, she has gradually moved into top gear.
5:52am – WICKET! Greenway c Raut b Goswami 29; Eng 166/3 - Greenway almost clears the ropes with a powerful slog-sweep, but is then caught at mid-on attempting a similar stroke. A blow for England, but that was a terrific little knock from the left-hander. With the powerplay in progress, Katherine Brunt is promoted to join Edwards, who clips through midwicket for another four.
5:46am - Edwards makes her intentions clear on the resumption, striking successive fours down the ground, through extra-cover and behind square on the leg side. The third boundary takes England’s captain to 90.
5:41am - A top-edge from Greenway flies high over the wicketkeeper and lands safely. Goswami is brought back for the start of the batting powerplay, but concedes 10 as Greenway follows a cheeky lap stroke with a powerful sweep. Drinks are taken with England on 147 for two after 34 overs.
5:31am - Glorious from Edwards, who cracks Malhotra down the ground before sweeping the leg-spinner for another four. A wonderful back-foot punch from Greenway makes it three boundaries in the over and England will surely be eyeing 250+ now.
5:27am - Greenway’s first boundary comes courtesy of a mis-timed shot through midwicket and some pretty poor fielding from Poonam Raut, who was slow in coming round from mid-on. Niranjana is back on and has improved her expensive figures with a couple of tighter overs.
5:19am - Lydia Greenway has joined Edwards in the middle and that wicket may just delay England’s bid to up the ante. With 21 overs to come, the champions have 111 on the board.
5:11am - WICKET! Taylor run out 35; Eng 104/1 - Edwards celebrates her landmark by lofting Malhotra over mid-off for four. The century stand is then brought up, but India make a valuable breakthrough as Taylor takes a risky single to mid-on and is run out - by the narrowest of margins - via Amita Sharma’s direct hit.
5:01am - RECORD! Charlotte Edwards has now scored more ODI runs than any other woman. She moves past Australia’s Belinda Clark by progressing to 53. What a superb achievement! England are ticking over nicely here, with Taylor virtually untroubled at the other end.
4:55am - FIFTY! Edwards (74b 7x4 0x6) - An increasingly assured Edwards uses her feet to Sultana and finds the gap between mid-on and midwicket to earn a seventh four. A rank full-toss from Reema Malhotra is then swatted to the sweeper on the leg-side fence and that takes the captain to 50!
4:49am - Another bowling change sees Ekta Bisht, a slow left-armer who replaced Rasanara Parwin in the only change to India’s team, enter the attack. She starts well, conceding a pair of singles in each of her first two overs.
4:41am – After a drinks break, Edwards drives Sultana through cover before being beaten on the cut. Runs are flowing much more freely now and England have moved into a decent position.
4:32am - It is fair to say Edwards, who has just moved into second place on the list of run-scorers in women’s one-day internationals, has not been at her fluent best so far, but she is still there. Taylor looks much more comfortable, although she is a touch fortunate to survive an lbw appeal from Sultana. That looked pretty close.
4:25am - Niranjana loses her line and is flicked away for consecutive leg-side fours by Edwards. Two wides on the other side of the wicket follow to further boost England’s cause. Left-arm spinner Gouher Sultana replaces Goswami and starts with a tidy over costing two.
4:16am - It is hard to praise Goswami highly enough. She has bowled exceptionally thus far and beats Edwards on two further occasions. When the tall seamer does finally err in length, Edwards punishes her with an elegant straight drive.
4:11am - Goswami remains economical, although Taylor is looking to throw the seamer off her length by batting out of her crease and pressing forward at every opportunity. Edwards profits from another cut, this time off Nagarajan Niranjana, who showed off some fine celebratory moves in India’s victory over West Indies. Another glorious drive from Taylor takes England to 30 for one after 10 overs.
4:03am - After scoring just one run from 20 balls, Edwards cuts Sharma past backward point to break the shackles. That will make the skipper feel better.
3:58am - Taylor exhibits her class with a classy push through mid-on off Sharma. England’s number three subsequently edges Goswami short of a rather deep first slip, before cover-driving for another boundary.
3:49am - WICKET! Wyatt c Sharma b Goswami 2; Eng 4/1 - A maiden from Sharma keeps the pressure on before Goswami collects a deserved scalp. Wyatt looked to work a fuller ball through the leg side but succeeded only in chipping tamely to midwicket. Here comes Sarah Taylor.
3:42am - DROPPED CHANCE - England pick up their first run off the bat as Danni Wyatt drives Amita Sharma to cover, where the fielder fumbles. Wyatt edges Goswami to first slip at the start of the next over, but Thirush Kamini, a centurion in India’s opening match, puts down a simple chance. Another edge then flies down to third man before Edwards drags one past her stumps; this has been a terrific start from Goswami, who is finding plenty of bounce.
3:34am - The experienced Jhulan Goswami, who will fancy exploiting any early seam movement, opens the bowling for India and is called for an incredibly harsh wide first up. Goswami maintains an impeccable line and length for the remainder of the over, preventing Charlotte Edwards from getting off the mark.
3:25am - England would certainly prefer to be bowling this morning, as the pitch, although flat, appears a little damp from overnight dew. As it is, they will need to battle hard and set a challenging target. As we saw on Friday, there are runs to be had at the Brabourne Stadium.
Here are the two teams in full:
England: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Danni Wyatt, Sarah Taylor, Lydia Greenway, Arran Brindle, Heather Knight, Jenny Gunn, Laura Marsh, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin, Anya Shrubsole.
India: Poonam Raut, Thirush Kamini, Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Reema Malhotra, Jhulan Goswami, Karu Jain, Amita Sharma, Nagarajan Niranjana, Gouher Sultana, Ekta Bisht.
3:15am - For the second match in succession, England have been invited to bat first. There are three changes to Charlotte Edwards’ side; Sarah Taylor and Laura Marsh return from minor injuries in place of Amy Jones and Danielle Hazell, while Anya Shrubsole is preferred to fellow seamer Georgia Elwiss.
3:10am - Morning everyone! England women were given an unpleasant surprise in their World Cup opener against Sri Lanka. Today they will aim to get back on track with victory over host nation India. We'll bring you updates on all of the action from Mumbai.