The India women endured a second successive heavy defeat, going down by nine wickets to England
Laura Marsh's all round performance ensured England's comprehensive win over India.
Laura Marsh's all-round effort ensured that England crushed India by nine wickets in Galle on Saturday (September 29) to book a place in the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Twenty 2012. The victory also meant that India was knocked out while Australia, which got the better of Pakistan earlier in the day, was also through to the semi-finals.
After a good bowling performance which saw it restrict India to 116 for 6 in 20 overs, Charlotte Edwards and Laura Marsh had very little to contend with as they raced away to the target in just 17.1 overs.
Marsh, who notched up her maiden Twenty20I fifty against Pakistan on Thursday, followed it up with yet another solid knock of 39, studded with five fours and a six. Edwards, the captain, matched her stroke for stroke to finish unbeaten on 50, her sixth Twenty20I fifty. Reema Malhotra gave India its only moment of cheer when Marsh was dismissed after the openers put on 78 in less than 12 overs. Sarah Taylor, who came in at No. 3, was unbeaten on 25 at the end.
The Indian bowlers were guilty of bowling too short, and the English batters were quick to pounce on any given opportunity. While the England bowlers made good use of the pitch with accurate bowling, the Indian bowlers experimented too much and played into England's hands.
After opting to bat, India had started slowly in the quest to have wickets in hand for the final ten overs. Poonam Raut, who opened the batting, top scored with 51. Her 75-run stand for the second wicket with Mithali Raj, who made 35, put India in a position from which it could pile on some runs in the last five overs. However, Harmanpreet Kaur's dismissal for 3 put to rest any plans of such an onslaught.
Marsh finished with figures of two for 22 in four overs, while Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin and Arran Brindle picked up one wicket apiece. England next plays Australia on Monday (October 1). Both teams would want to get the better of the other, not just for the psychological edge, but also to determine which team tops the group.