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England women lose latest one-day international to India

Thursday 25th February 2010

England Women, including Kent stars Charlotte Edwards (pictured), Lydia Greenway and Tammy Beaumont, slumped to a heavy defeat in the third one-day-international against India Women in Visakhapatnam.

After their seven wicket victory, the Indians now lead the five match series 2-1.

England were put in and immediately struggled to deal with the extra bounce in the pitch and were soon reduced to 21 for three as Edwards and Greenway were brought together at the crease. They looked to stabilise the innings before Edwards fell for 22, stumped off Preeti Dimri and then Greenway was dismissed by the same bowler for 18. In the end England struggled to 130 all-out with four balls to spare. Beaumont was the ninth wicket to fall for two. Rumeli Dhar was the chief wicket taker with the ball, taking four for 19 while Beth Morgan top-scored for England with 24.

The hosts had no trouble in knocking off the runs, openers Poonam Raut and Anjum Chopra put on 97 for the first wicket before Jenny Gunn gave England a slight glimmer of hope by removing Raut for 44 and Priyanka Roy the very next ball; both leg-before. However, it was only a minor blip for India as Chopra saw them home with 55 balls to spare as she was left unbeaten on 61.

Captain Edwards was understandably disappointed after the game: ’’It was a very different pitch to the one in Bangalore. It had a bit more bounce but was a great batting wicket, we just didn’t bat well enough. We’ll come back hard on Friday.”

The two sides continue their battle this coming Friday, again in Visakhapatnam.