In the first One Day International match that took place in England, the home team beat the Indian women’s cricket team by 42 runs. The One Day International cricket match took place in Scarborough and was rained out, which halted play.
Because the rain affected play, the Duckworth-Lewis method was used, which resulted in India ending with 193 – 8 in a total of 47 overs. The revised target meant that England needed to get 184 in 42 overs. When the rain started, the England women’s cricket team ended with 153 – 3 in 30.1 overs. The final revised target was 112 in 30 overs, which the team had already passed substantially, resulting in the win.
The teams will meet again on Saturday for the second One Day International that will also take place in Scarborough. The third One Day International will be taking place at Lord’s.
The defeat came as a surprise since it was expected that the India women’s team would win. Each and every ODI result at this stage is important because of the way the newly formed ICC Women’s Championship is structured. The teams that win the matches over the next two and a half years are awarded two points per win. Points are split when two teams tie or the game is a no-result game. Once all seven rounds have been played over the next couple of years, the four teams that have won the most points are guaranteed spots in the ICC’s World Cup for women that will be taking place in 2017.
This adds extra pressure to the women’s cricket teams, encouraging better play throughout the time leading up to the Women’s Cricket World Cup. While the Indian team clearly wants to win, there is much pressure on both sides to make every single ODI count.