Women’s Cricket Opener: India Beat England
The India Women’s cricket team have beaten the England Women’s cricket team in the Women’s World Cup group stage opening match. The match took place yesterday on Saturday, 24th June, 2017.
The result of the ICC Women’s World Cup opener ended with India at 281/3 in 50 overs and England with 246 in 47.2 overs. India won the match by a clear margin of 35 runs.
India’s Batswomen Excel
India’s Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut opened the batting with 90 and 86 runs respectively. England’s bowlers were far from their top form, and India’s batters took full advantage of the weak bowling. Mithali Raj ended on 71 runs, bringing India’s total to 281 for three.
The hosts, England, were bowled out for 246. After having had a difficult start, the team made a valiant attempt to catch up to the India Women’s total. England’s Fran Wilson made 81 runs and was run out by India’s Ekta Bisht. Wilson was only playing because Lauren Winfield was unable to play due to an injury. This is Wilson’s seventh ODI, and her first ODI half century.
The opener match marked the first victory that India had over England in the past eight ODIs in which the two teams have met. The last time that India beat England in an ODI was at Tuanton in 2012. The match also comes with the best ODI score that India has achieved against England. The closest that the team had come to this before was with a result of 243/4 in Kolkata in 2005.
India’s Skipper Comments
Mithali Raj, the Indian Women cricket team’s captain, commented: “It was a brilliant partnership between our openers. I realized the wicket isn’t much of an assistance to the bowlers so I knew it would be challenging for England.”
In the other opener between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, the New Zealand team won by nine wickets.