Mount Maunganui: Inconsistency returned to haunt Indian batters as they put in a subpar effort to be bundled up for a measly 134 by defending defending champions England in an ICC Women’s World Cup league stage game here on Wednesday.
Centurion Smriti Mandhana (35) from the previous game scored the highest score, while wicketkeeper-batter Richa Ghosh made 33 before England beat India in 36.2 overs after choosing to field first.
It was in stark contrast to India’s performance against the West Indies in their final match, when they rode centuries from Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur to 317 for 8, their highest total in the flagship’s history.
Charlie Dean (4/23) was the bowlers’ pick for England, while Anya Shrubsole also came in with two wickets as the Indians failed to build a decent partnership.
After three defeats from as many games to date, it is a game to be won for title holders and four-time champions England.
India: 134 all out in 36.2 overs (Smriti Mandhana 35; Charlie Dean 23/4).
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