England beat India despite Harmanpreet ton

ICC Women's World Cup: A fighting hundred from India's Harmanpreet Kaur went in vain as India lost to defending champs England by 32-runs

Harmanpreet Kaur (File Photo)Scorecard

Mumbai, Feb.3: England beat India by 32 runs in a Women's World Cup encounter at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium on Sunday, a game that was marked by contrasting centuries by England captain Charlotte Edwards and India's Harmanpreet Kaur.

Replying to England's total of 272 for the loss of eight wickets, India scored 240 all out in their alloted 50 overs.

Edwards today became the highest run-getter in women's ODI history on the way to her seventh century in a Women's World Cup group game against India in Mumbai.

She needed 53 runs to claim the record at the start of the match, and overtook Australian Belinda Clark's landmark of 4844 runs when she swept legspinner Reema Malhotra for a single in the 25th over.

Edwards, 33, had led England to their third Women's World Cup title in 2009 and had spoken in the run-up to this tournament about another title being a crowning glory in a glittering career now in its 17th year.

For India, Jhualn Goswami and N.Niranjana claimed two wickets apiece.

Replying to the England total, Harmanpreet Kaur played a fighting unbeaten knock of 107 of 109 deliveries that included eight boundaries and two sixes. She was supported by K.V. Jain who scored 56 of 92 deliveries with five boundaries.

England fast bowler K.H.Brunt claimed four wickets for 29 of her nine overs to lead her team to a much needed win.

West Indies smash Sri Lanka

Stafanie Taylor made the third highest ODI score by a woman as West Indies crushed Sri Lanka for their first win of the tournament at the MIG Cricket Club in Mumbai, incidentally the venue where Belinda Clark had made 229 not out in 1997.

West Indies posted a mammoth 368-8 and bowled Sri Lanka out for just 159. Taylor (171, 137b, 18x4, 2x6) was backed up impressively by Deandra Dottin, who struck 50 (22b) and has emerged as the most dangerous hitter in the tournament.

Also see:

Scoreboard - New Zealand beat Pakistan by 7 wickets

Scorecard - Australia beat South Africa by 3 wickets


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