England’s women’s world cup campaign suffered a setback, as they came agonisingly short in their second thriller in four games.
The three lions were on the end of a two runs defeat against arch rivals Australia in Mumbai.
Charlotte Edwards’ side had put themselves in a fantastic position in the Super Sixes encounter as they dismissed the Australian women for just 147; Anya Shrubsole was impressive in the balling department finishing with figures of 3-47.
Earlier in the day, England put Australia in to bat first with the ball expected to be moving. Katherine Brunt bowled a superb first spell, Rachel Haynes was out in the fifth over when she played a loose drive and was caught by Shrubsole.
Once Shrubsole bustled in she just ripped through the top order, Jess Cameron’s middle stump was flattened with a huge inswinging delivery.
Shrubsole also dismissed Meg Lanning as she edged behind to wicket keeper Sarah Taylor.
Taylor held onto another catch diving to her left through a thin inside edge from Alex Blackwell off Brunt’s swinging delivery on off stump. Jodie Fields followed Blackwell back to the pavilion leaving Australia in real trouble on 32-5 (12.2 overs).
Australia’s fifth wicket pair put on a stand of 82 helping them to a respectable score. Lisa Sthalekar and Sarah Coyte were the only batters to spend some time at the crease; Sthalekar was solid and always looking for quick runs.
Coyte playing couple of beautiful sweeps off Laura Marsh, the pair took the score to 112 in the 32nd over which was the downfall of Sthalekar as Arran Brindle looped one through her defence for 41.
The fall of the sixth wicket completely damaged Australia’s innings, Coyte (44) found Shrubsole at mid-of off Holly Colvin who also picked up Erin Osbourne for nought.
The innings fell apart in the end as the Australian’s were bowled out for 147 in only the 45th over.
Edwards began in full flow with fours off Megan Schutt. The third over was very controversial as the England skipper was given lbw after she walked across her stumps, replays showed the ball would have missed leg stump.
Schutt made another big breakthrough having Taylor caught behind after she edged a wide one. Danielle Wyatt fell after hitting a few crisp drives for four, debutant Holly Ferling picked up the wicket with her first ball.
Ferling bowled magnificently sneaking the ball past Jenny Gunn in her next over, finishing with figures off 35-3.
Brindle and Heather Knight’s wickets left England with a mountain to climb on 38-5. The innings turned into survival mode for the English women as Lydia Greenway and Marsh scored 57 from 26 overs.
Greenway now had to take risks; she opened up swatting boundaries through the leg side with ease. 19-year old Ferling had Greenway caught at short cover leaving England 114-8 in the 41st over.
What was to come, it was pure nerve racking action.
A late onslaught from Colvin took England within 2 runs and 4 overs still to spare, she could have took her time but edged a wide one to keeper Fields off the Aussie skipper Osbourne giving the yellow shirts the bragging rights.
The win keeps Australia at the top in the Super Sixes table and England face a must win on Sunday against South Africa in Cuttack.