England beaten on day one of the Women´s World Cup

Beth Cruz
June 25, 2017

The tournament hosts were always up against it after seeing India run up 281 for three off their 50 overs, with top three Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana and captain Mithali Raj all making half-centuries.

Dotted an impressive figure of 1,501 runs, Debbie Hockley, the first woman to be recently elected as the president of New Zealand Cricket, has scored the most number of runs in the history of the women's World Cup.

India skipper Raj, whose 71 was her seventh successive ODI half-century, hailed Raut and Mandhana after they put on 144 for the first wicket: "It's important to get a start like this and it was a brilliant partnership by the openers".

Opening batsman and wicketkeeper Lauren Winfield will miss England's ICC Women's World Cup opener against India on Saturday because of a wrist injury. Skipper Heather Knight finally found a way past Mandhana's fury. She shared a 78-run partnership with Raut before pounding 59 alongside Harmanpreet Kaur at close to eight an over towards the fag end. The only respite for the tall pacer was a lone maiden she sent down - 33rd over of India's innings - in the otherwise sorry figures of 50 for none in seven overs.

The climate of the host nation is expected to suit India's veteran speedster Jhulan Goswami who will be playing her fourth World Cup.

Though the 20-year-old slowed down halfway through her innings, she managed to score her 90 runs at a healthy strike-rate of 125.

The home side's reply fell apart sooner than expected, despite Fran Wilson's counter-attacking 81 and Knight's valiant 46. It's going to be one of the most visible World Cups.

She has the distinction of notching up 107 runs against England in 2013 - the highest score by an Indian in a World Cup - with an astonishing strike rate of 98. Tammy Beaumont (14) and Sarah Taylor (22) gave England a decent start adding 33 in 8 overs but Shikha Pandey removed the openers and Deepti Sharma dismissed Natalie Sciver (18) as England slipped to 67 for 3 in the 18th over.

England's hopes of a record-breaking victory looked to have disappeared when they slumped to 154 for five, but a sixth-wicket stand of 62 between Wilson and Brunt appeared to have turned things round.

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