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Report: England vs India (Women), 2nd ODI

Charlotte Edwards and Jenny Gunn help England seal series

England women pulled off a 13-run win against India women at the North Marine Road Ground in Scarborough. After England captain Charlotte Edwards set-up the victory for the hosts with an unbeaten 108, Jenny Gunn and company ensured that the hosts sealed a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. While Gunn claimed a four-for, the rest of the attack contributed to bowl the team to victory with eight balls to spare in the bilateral series of the ICC Women's Championship.

Earlier after opting to field, India claimed wickets at regular intervals. However, England skipper Charlotte Edwards’ resistance ensured the hosts reached a competitive total in their 50 overs. Opening the batting with Heather Knight, Edwards lost her partner to a run out with 26 runs on the board.

50 runs later, Rajeshwari Gayakwad sent back Sarah Taylor to end the blossoming 2nd wicket partnership. With a little over ten overs later, Gayakwad accounted for Lauren Winfield with England tottering at 112/3. Jhulan Goswami then removed Lydia Greenway and Tammy Beaumont of consecutive deliveries to give India an upper hand.

Natalie Sciver then joined her captain to add 44 for the sixth wicket until she was sent back by Gayakwad for 17. Edwards meanwhile held up one end and kept the scoreboard ticking. Gunn was the next to be sent back by Goswami while Shikha Pandey accounted for Danielle Hazell a while later and Gayakwad followed up with the wicket of Anya Shrubsole. Kate Cross then helped Edwards collect runs at the other end to help England reach 214 in 50 overs.

Cross who had given good support with the bat then returned to send the first tremors to the India batting line-up. She took the wicket of Poonam Raut ending India’s opening stand for 39. Gunn then claimed Karu Jain and Smriti Mandhana to leave India on 64/3 in the seventeenth over. Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur then stitched a 33-run partnership until Mithali Raj was trapped lbw for 30 by Knight. Kaur however, held the innings together. She then put up yet another partnership, this time with Vellaswamy Vanita until Anya Shrubsole struck to end a 41-run stand. Jhulan Goswami then joined Kaur to add 33 runs for the sixth wicket before being caught by Gunn off her own bowling.
Shikha Pandey who then came to the crease was sent back for naught by Knight leaving India struggling at 172/7. Kaur who had kept India in the fight was the next to return to the pavilion after scoring a fighting 43, this time Shrubsole being the wicket-taker. Eight wickets down and their only glimmer of hope returning to the pavilion, the end for India was near.

With 43 runs more required off 47 balls, Ekta Bisht joined N Niranjana in an effort to take their team closer to the target. Jenny Gunn however had other plans as she castled Niranjana to take England within a wicket of victory.

With Gayakwad at the other end Bisht put up a fight to keep India in the game. However, after she took the visitors past 200, Danielle Hazell claimed Gayakwad to seal a victory for the home team. Bisht was left unbeaten on 14.

Brief scores:

England 214/9 in 50 overs (C Edwards 108*, R Gayakwad 4/42, J Goswami 3/30) beat India 201 all out in 48.4 overs (H Kaur 43, J Gunn 4/23, H Knight 2/29) by 13 runs

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Report: Warm-up – Middlesex vs Indians

Virat, Rayudu among runs; Karn picks three wickets as Indians win by 95 runs

The Indians defeated Middlesex by 95 runs in the one-day warm-up match at the Lord’s. Virat Kohli (71) and Ambati Rayudu (72) were mainly responsible for India’s score of 230 all-out after they were inserted in to bat by Middlesex.

India’s bowling performance was a true team show as every bowler barring part-time slow bowler, Ravindra Jadeja, picked up at least a wicket. Karn Sharma cleaned up the tail to finish with 3 for 14 in 4.5 overs.

Defending a modest 230, the Indians got off to a good start, dismissing both Middlesex openers in the first three overs.

It was Bhuvneshwar Kumar who drew first blood, getting Nick Gubbins to edge one to the keeper in the third over. Mohammad Shami produced the perfect full and straight delivery to bowl Dawid Malan out off the first ball of the fourth over.

Sanju Samson took two more catches behind the wicket when Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma dismissed Paul Stirling and Eoin Morgan respectively. Dhawal Kulkarni joined his fellow pacers on the wicket-takers’ list by getting rid of Ryan Higgins. Middlesex had lost half their side for 67 runs in the 17th over. In all, Samson held three catches and affected a stumping.

John Simpson and Andy Balbirnie steadied the ship for a while before Ashwin broke the stand trapping the former lbw in the 28th over. The Middlesex innings fell apart when Rayner was run out.

Batting first, the Indian openers departed inside six overs with the score just 29. While Shikhar Dhawan (10) hit one straight into the hands of mid-off, Rohit Sharma (8) holed out at third man on the side of the 45-yard boundary. Ajinkya Rahane’s (15) stay at the crease lasted for 26 balls before he miscued an uppish drive at mid-on.

Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu came together with the Indians on 52 for 3 in the 14th over and put up a stand of 104 runs.

Virat played and missed a few in the first couple of overs before settling down well at the crease. He got off the mark with a well timed straight drive for four off Steven Finn before working his way to his first half-century on this tour. It was a typical Virat one-day knock – busy yet relaxed and sensible yet laced with some fine shots to fetch nine boundaries, one of which was the innings’ only six.

Virat got fine company in Rayudu, who played himself in before unleashing the big shots. He took special liking to pacer Gurinder Sandhu and left-arm spinner, Ravi Patel, sending them for three fours each.

The flourishing partnership ended on 104 when left-arm spinner, Ravi Patel, got Virat to nick to the wicketkeeper. Patel came back to get rid of Ravindra Jadeja, who holed out in the deep.

Rayudu retired on 72 after the last ball of the 40th over and the next two balls fetched the wickets of R Ashwin and Stuart Binny. Ollie Rayner, the off-spinner, missed the hat-trick. The slide, however continued for India as Rayner dismissed Sanju Samson and last man in, Suresh Raina, to end the Indian innings on 230 in 44.2 overs.