London, Aug 24 ANI | 4 months ago

England women cricket team captain Charlotte Edwards hit an unbeaten 108 to guide her team to victory over India by 13 runs for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.

Edwards fired away her ninth ODI ton as England made 214-9 after being put in at Scarborough. Although India stayed in touch and added 19 for the last wicket, they were 201 all out in the penultimate over as England seamer Jenny Gunn delivered match figures of 4 for 23, The BBC reported.

Edwards and opening partner Heather Knight found scoring difficult as they compiled just 26 in the opening 10 powerplay overs. Sarah Taylor added some much needed impetus to the England innings as she and Edwards put on 50 for the second wicket in 10.3 overs, until the Sussex wicketkeeper saw a top-edged sweep loop over her own head and bowl her for 30.

Dropped on 80, Edwards eventually finished unbeaten on 108 from 145 balls, hitting 11 boundaries and now has more centuries in the 50-over game than any other player in the history of women's cricket.

A stand of 33 between Harmanpreet Kaur and Jhulan Goswami for the sixth wicket left the visitors requiring 45 from the final 10 overs but a superb one-handed caught and bowled from Gunn dismissed Goswami and began a spell of three wickets for just a single in 12 balls.

Edwards said that she thought they would get about par when her side batted, adding that her squad didn't field well but they had two bits of magic from Gunn, which in the end won England the game.

The final match of the three-match women's ODI series will take place at Lord's on Monday.

(Posted on 25-08-2014)

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