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India crushed by England in Women's World Cup

Batters let India down as a dominant England steamrolled Jhulan Goswami's team by nine wickets in the ICC Women's World Cup cricket tournament at the North Sydney Oval in Sydney on Tuesday.

cricket Updated: Mar 10, 2009 21:28 IST

Batters let India down as a dominant England steamrolled Jhulan Goswami's team by nine wickets in the ICC Women's World Cup cricket tournament at the North Sydney Oval in Sydney on Tuesday.

Put into bat, India folded in 48.4 overs managing just 169, a score they largely owe to Mithali Raj (59), Amita Sharma (33) and Anagha Deshpande (32).

England subsequently rode an unbroken 125-run second-wicket stand between opener Caroline Atkins (69) and Claire Taylor (69) to cruise to a facile nine-wicket victory with 11.3 overs to spare.

England's second successive victory puts them on top of Group B, assuring them a place in the Super Six, while India is second with one win and one defeat.

India will go head-to-head with bottom-placed Sri Lanka at Bankstown on Thursday, while England meet third-placed Pakistan at the North Sydney Oval.

Earlier, India slipped from 92 for three to 126 for nine in just 14 overs before a late onslaught by Amita Sharma lifted them to 169 all out in 48.4 overs. Amita hit five fours and a six in a 24-ball 33 before being the last batter out.

While wickets fell like nine-pins from one end, former captain Mithali Raj stood tall before becoming the eighth batter to depart at the score of 123. Raj scored a fine 59 off 90 balls and included nine fours.