India lose to England by 32 runs


Harmanpreet Kaur (File Photo)A fighting hundred from India's Harmanpreet Kaur went in vain as India lost to defending champs England by 32-runs in their group A match of the ICC Women's World Cup.

Harmanpreet became the second Indian to score a hundred in the World Cup with her 107 runs off 109 balls. The knock was included eight fours and two sixes.

Barring a middle order partnership with Karuna Jain, who made 56 off 92 deliveries, the Punjab batter didn't get enough support from the other end as India could only reach 240 for nine in their 50 overs in reply to England's 272.

India had started their chase on a disastrous note, losing their top three -  last match centurion Thirushkamini Murugesan, Punam Raut and skipper Mithali Raj by the eighth over with the score on just 29.

Speedster Katherine Helen Brunt led the wickets tally for England with her four wicket haul. Spin bowler Danielle Wyatt chipped in with two wickets.

Earlier England skipper Charlotte Edwards set the stage for her side's commanding total with a 109 off 123 balls before being run out in pursuit of a quick single.

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