After another world class performance in the field, following Charlotte Edwards’s win of the toss, England looked to open up their batting after completing the One-Day series.
Jenny Gunn and Beth Morgan had a good morning in the field, landing catches to remove Sulakshana Naik and Anjum Chopra, leaving India 69 for two at the halfway stage. Edwards then had the satisfaction of bowling into the hands of Tamsin Beaumont, to remove Mithali Raj and stemming the flow of boundaries, from the prolific run scorer of the One-day series. England continued their athletic fielding preventing boundaries, along with precision throwing from deep cover by Katherine Brunt, to run out Harmanpreet Kaur for 11. India finished the innings on 125 for five.
Gunn followed up her excellent fielding with the bat, opening up her shots well to be top run scorer and find the only six of the game. During her innings Gunn team up with Danielle Hazell to clock up 40 runs off 31 balls, the highest partnership of the game. Earlier in the innings, Edwards opened the game scoring 28 runs off 32 balls. As the overs went by and the wickets fell the tension was immense, England once again putting on a thrilling performance. When Gunn was caught by Goswami at mid-wicket in the 19th over, the game intensified, with England on 122 for eight needing four off the last three balls. It was all left to Nicky Shaw who took the game to the very last ball needing to score one for a draw, which would have resulted in a one-over innings to settle the game, or two runs to secure the win for England. Shaw produced the wining goods by duly delivering two runs and a 1-0 victory at the start of the Twenty20 series.
After the game Charlotte said:
‘We were confident going into the game, the Twenty20 format really suits the young team we have out here. This is great preparation for the World Cup in May. We really want to win the series out here. We’ll look to build on today’s game ready for Saturday.’
England Women will play the second Twenty20 game against India, at the Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai on Saturday 6 March 2010.
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