Highlights ICC Women's World Cup 2017, India vs England, cricket result: Raj and Co win by 35 runs

  • Alright then, end to an exciting opening day of Women's World Cup. The other game was between Sri Lanka and New Zealand and the latter won convincingly. India did well to come out on top, good news is India's star with the bat Mandhana's injury is not something that is of huge concern, she confirmed she will be fit for the next match. Next match, you ask? Is against Stafanie Taylor's West Indies on the 29th of June. Hoping for your company for the upcoming match as well. That will be all for today, thank you for joining in. Goodnight. 

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer at Derby

    In the bigger picture, this win could be a marker for women's cricket in the country. More importantly, it has put India ahead in the race to the semifinals, which is very important in this tournament format, where there are seven league games to play. 

  • England captain, Heather Knight: India batted very well and made it tricky for us.

  • India captain, Mithali Raj: It was important that we got a start like this.

  • India start the World Cup on the right note, as the top order batted brilliantly to set up a total of 281. Shikha Pandey bowled extremely well in her opening spell. Hosts did not go down before a splendid fight, with 76 off last 10 the game was in the balance, but India pulled off some run outs thanks to some ordinary running by England. India's fielding could have been classified from spectacular to shameful in the game.

  • Smriti Mandhana wins the Player of the Match award for her 72-ball 90 run knock.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Highest match aggregates in Women's World Cup:
     
    527 - England Women v India Women, Derby, 2017*
    527 - Sri Lanka Women v West Indies Women, Mumbai, 2013 

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer at Derby

    India finally get the victory, after some swings of fortune that have them some jitters. This means so much to the fans, I'm sitting here in Derby but I can only imagine the reactions back home. 
     
     

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Indian Women have now won 18 out of their last 19 ODIs. Moreover, this is the first win for Indian Women against England Women in ODIs since 05 July, 2012.

  • India win by 35 runs.  Shrubsole is the final batter to be dismissed, she survived one chance when Shikha Pandey put down sitter but a breathtaking catch by substitute fielder Veda Krishnamurthy at deep midwicket completes the game.

  • OUT! England falling apart. Hazell goes across looking to sweep but she misses the ball completely to hear her stumps rattle. She departs for 4. India well and truly ahead in the match. 

  • After 46 overs, England W 236/8 (Shrubsole 2 Hazell 4)

    Deepti Sharma keeps it tight, ensures only 4 runs come off it.

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer at Derby

    50 off 30 balls , and India have come back into the game because of some great fielding. Earlier it was the run out of England Captain Heather Knight, and now Deepti Sharma and then smart work from Ekta Bisht has turned this game back in India's favour. 
     
     

  • After 45 overs, England W 232/8 (Shrubsole 1 Hazell 2)

    Looks really difficult for England now, Yadav's 9th over costs 3 runs. 50 off 30 required

  • OUT! Another English batter bites the dust, another run out. It is falling apart from England as the fourth run out of the innings. Gunn has to go for 9.

  • After 44 overs, England W 229/7 (Gunn 9 Shrubsole 0)

    Gunn smashes Bisht for a boundary but next ball drives it straight to the bowler, who smartly effects a runout helping India wresting control over the game.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    81 by Fran Wilson today is the third most by a player batting at No.5 or lower in a Women's World Cup match. The highest is 99 by Carol-Ann James against Denmark Women at Delhi in 1997. 
     
     

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer at Derby

    India have their best chance to close out this game, with the unfortunate run out of Fran Wilson. It's the kind of good luck they need, after Goswami dropped a regulation chance of Jenny Gunn. 
     
     

  • OUT! Unfortunate end to a terrific innings and with that one can say end of England's hope of winning this opening encounter.
    Gunn hits it straight to the bowler, Bisht, she turns and rolls it to stumps nearly 4-feet away. Wilson has to walk back after a valiant 81.

  • After 43 overs, England W 222/6 (Wilson 79 Gunn 4)

    India could have had another wicket, but Goswmai misjudges a straightforward chance and looks towards the advertising matting. 60 runs required off 42 balls.

  • After 42 overs, England W 218/6 (Wilson 78 Gunn 1)

    Bisht's over produced only 4 runs but more importantly they have got the wicket of Brunt. Raj will be a relieved captain to see Brunt's back. 

  • WICKET! Slight hesitation has led to the fall of Katherine Brunt. Hit it to Deepti Sharma and took off for the single and Sharma calmly aims and unfurls and superb throw to hit the stumps directly ending the dangerous partnership. Is this the moment, India was looking for?

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Fran Wilson's batting average in Women's ODIs before today was 10.25. Currently, she is playing a match-winning knock for her country. 

  • The English assault has forced Raj to put her thinking cap on and she has thrown the ball to Bisht again. With 68 required from last nine overs.The pressure is on India.

  • After 41 overs, England W 214/5 (Wilson 76 Brunt 23)

    Poonam Yadav is back. Brunt and Wilson have ran hard when the boundaries have dried up and that is been key. They have got 7 runs off it. Not bad this, by England.

  • After 40 overs, England W 207/5 (Wilson 74 Brunt 18)

    Shikha Pandey who bowled outstandingly in her first spell has been called to stop the onslaught. The move seems to have misfired as a Brunt and Wilson make hay. Both the batters scored two boundaries each off the single taken on the 3rd ball. 17 runs off the over. 76 runs off 60 now. How fast the things have changed. England have given themselves a real chance. 

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer at Derby

    Wilson is playing with the lengths of the bowlers beautifully. When the spinners have been full, she has swept them, and when they have gone short, she has pulled and cut beautifully. She is very close to opening up what looked like a dead and buried contest. 
     
     

  • After 39 overs, England W 189/5 (Wilson 66, Brunt 9)

    Bisht is taken apart as Wilson charges down to smacks her in front of deep square leg for another four. England batters are turning it on. Bisht does well to give only 3 runs off her next four balls.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Fran Wilson now holds the record of scoring most runs for England women batting at No.5 or lower in a Women's World Cup match. The previous highest, 63* by Jane Smit came against Sri Lanka Women at Lincoln in 2000. 

  • After 38 overs, England W 182/5 (Wilson 61, Brunt 7)

    Goswami's over produces 10 runs. England batters are certainly more comfortable against pace. Wilson is now looking set to launch as she smashes another boundary to deep midwicket.

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer at Derby

    Wilson's resistance continues, and with 100 needed off 72 balls, her innings is a worry for India. She is the last of the recognised batters though, and India are not trying hard enough to keep Katherine Brunt on strike. 
     
     

  • After 37 overs, England W 172/5 (Wilson 56, Brunt 4)

    Ekta Bisht back. Tight over by the left arm spinner giving only 3 runs. England batters will be looking at the required run-rate that seems to be on the upwards.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Fran Wilson becomes the third England women player to score fifty-plus runs batting at No.5 in Women's World Cup. The others are Barbara Daniels and Jane Smit. 

  • After 36 overs, England W 169/5 (Wilson 54, Brunt 3)

    Goswami has been brought back into the attack and Wilson has used all her pace to get to her half-century, she moves across the stump, gets into position to play the scoop and gets her 2nd boundary and raises her bat. Worked hard, well earned half century.

  • FIFTY! Wilson has worked hard for her half-century as boundaries have been hard to come by. With just two boundaries, the second one which brought her half-century she gets their in almost run-a-ball, can she take England close to India's 281?

  • After 35 overs, England W 159/5 (Wilson 48, Brunt 1)

    Despite the wicket, Wilson has used the reverse sweep again and again to get twos and collect 7 off Sharma's over which included Wyatt's wicket. Hard-hitting Brunt walks out to the middle.

  • WICKET! Deepti Sharma gets rid of Wyatt. Wyatt comes down the track and Sharma has decieved her by bowling it slower. Wyatt is not to the pitch of the ball and returns and easy catch to the bowler. Half side back in the pavilion.

  • WICKET! Deepti Sharma gets rid of Wyatt. Wyatt comes down the track and Sharma has decieved her by bowling it slower. Wyatt is not to the pitch of the ball and returns and easy catch to the bowler. Half side back in the pavilion.

  • After 34 overs, England W 152/4 (Wilson 44 Wyatt 7)

    Wilson's persistance the sweeping and reverse sweeping has finally earner her four runs as this time she reverse sweeps it fine to deep point boundary. England's 150 comes up.

  • After 33 overs, England W 146/4 (Wilson 39 Wyatt 6)

    Wyatt gets the much needed boundary off the final ball to make it seven runs off the over. She smashes it over midwicket.

  • After 32 overs, England W 139/4 (Wilson 33 Wyatt 1)

    Kaur's athleticism was on display as she quick to collect and throw to dismiss Knight. Danielle Wyatt is the new woman in.

  • WICKET! Sensational fielding by the bowler herself. Knight touch-and-run tactic turns out to be sucidal as Kaur gathers, turns and gets a direct hit onto the non-striker's end to catch the England skipper short of the crease. Huge setback for England just as she was getting into the zone.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Most sixes by captains in an innings in Women's World Cup: 
     
    2 - Karen Rolton v Eng Women, Sydney, 2009 
    2 - HEATHER KNIGHT v India Women, Derby, 2017*

  • After 31 overs, England W 134/3 (Knight 46 Wilson 33)

    Deepti Sharma into her 5th over and Wilson tries to sweep it from wide off the off-stump. India appeal for stumping and it has been send upstairs but replays confirm Wilson has got some part of her foot inside. 5 runs off the over.

  • Snehal Pradhan, ex-India cricketer at Derby

    This is a test for the spinners, as these batter can both use their feet and play scoops and sweeps.  Knight and Wilson have brought up a 50 partnership, and the England captain has started to flex her muscles, taking two sixes off Poonam Yadav. Although India are well ahead of the game, England's lower order does have good batting experience. 
     
     

  • After 30 overs, England W 129/3 (Knight 43 Wilson 31)

    Cannot believe this! England skipper has danced down the track to hit a full blown wallop wide off long off for a maximum! First boundary after 12 overs! No boundary for 12 overs and two sixes in space of 4 balls, captain has finally decided to change gears. 15 off it.

  • After 29 overs, England W 114/3 (Knight 29 Wilson 30)

    Sharma completes another over, where England batters gather 5 more runs in singles and two off the final ball.

Latest update: Deepti Sharma into her 5th over and Wilson tries to sweep it from wide off the off-stump. India appeal for stumping and it has been send upstairs but replays confirm Wilson has got some part of her foot inside. 5 runs off the over.

 

Preview: India are expected to face a tough task when they take on hosts England on the opening day of the ICC Women's World Cup cricket tournament on Saturday.

India will bank on the experience of Mithali Raj, the world's second highest-capped batter behind Charlotte Edwards of England with 177 women's ODIs to her name.

India's Mithali Raj and England's Heather Knight. Agencies

India's Mithali Raj and England's Heather Knight. Agencies

The first stage of the tournament will see the eight contenders battle it out in a round-robin format where every team plays each other once.

Mithali has an impressive record at the World Cup with an average of 60.83 and a highest score of 103 not out which she registered against Pakistan at the previous edition in 2013.

The 34-year-old middle-order batter will aim to continue her fine record in the game's showpiece tournament as seven-time semi-finalists India aim to reach the final for the first time.

Appearing in her fifth World Cup, Mithali has a total of 22 outings so far and her experience will prove to be valuable for the Indians.

"Our first target will be to reach the semi-finals, but for that you need to be able to play good cricket throughout the tournament and have good momentum," Mithali said in a statement.

Harmanpreet, playing her third World Cup, is a toast of world cricket with her swashbuckling style and part time off-spin. She has the distinction of notching up 107 runs against England in 2013— the highest score by an Indian in a World Cup.

In the bowling department, India will depend mainly on veteran speedster Jhulan Goswami, who is playing her fourth World Cup.

Jhulan, the highest wicket-taker in the world in limited overs formats, will be ably supported by left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht who is currently ranked at the sixth position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.

The Indians are in good form, having thrashed Sri Lanka by 109 runs in their warm-up match. They are, however, expected to face a tough challenge from England.

The English have won six matches of the overall nine encounters between the two teams since India debuted in the second edition of the World Cup in 1978.

The Indian girls registered their first win against England in the third encounter between the two sides at the 1982 World Cup in New Zealand.

England have been impressive whenever they have hosted the ICC Women's World Cup, winning the competition on both the previous occasions in 1973 and 1993. They won their third title at the 2009 edition in Sydney.

The hosts, led by skipper Heather Knight, will be hoping that playing at home proves to be lucky once again as they bid for a fourth crown.

"It's going to be a brilliant tournament. The support we have had from the tournament, I think it's going to be the most visible and supported Women's World Cup we've had," Heather said in a statement.

With inputs from IANS



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115