Australia defeats New Zealand by 49 runs
Eve-of-the-match Amita took four wicketsOpeners Jain and Sharma put on 126 to seal victory
Chennai: England remarkably collapsed on a harmless pitch, giving India an easy eight-wicket win and a bonus point in the ICC women's quadrangular cricket series, at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium, on Wednesday.
In the other match on Wednesday, Australia also won with a bonus point as it beat New Zealand by 49 runs.
The three teams are still in the hunt for a place in the final. England is out of contention.
The Indian bowlers, particularly Amita Sharma, were at their miserly best, leaving the rest to the suicidal tendencies of the English batswomen.
Chasing a paltry 144 to win, openers Jaya Sharma and Karuna Jain's 126-run partnership meant the total never turned tricky.
Captain Mithali's Raj's decision to field first paid dividends with Jhulan Goswami piercing through Sarah Taylor's defence. Eve-of-the-match Amita was the pick of the bowlers trapping four Englishwomen with accurate bowling. Claire Taylor was given controversially out leg-before while captain Charlotte Edwards nibbled one through to Karuna's gloves.
Rumeli Dhar made it 37 for four, ending Laura Newton's painstaking innings of 12 runs in 44 balls. Post Jenny Gunn's exit, Beth Morgan failed to read the direction of Amita's delivery, with Sunetra Paranjpe displaying a steady pair of hands at gully.
It was soon 67 for seven as Amita pulled off a brilliant catch of Preeti Dimri's bowling. The heap of wickets at the other end failed to unnerve Lydia Greenway, who stood vigil for an unbeaten 50 off 76 balls. Her 36-run partnership with debutant Lynsey Askew for the eighth wicket, saved the total from turning into a double-digit disaster.
In response, the Indian openers looked ominous throughout their partnership. The left-handed Jaya produced elegant shots, notably the ones that exploited the gap between mid-off and cover, while Karuna chose the leg-side to milk her runs. Notwithstanding the couple of wickets at the end, the blushless victory took just 38.5 overs. India now leads the points table with 13 points.
At M.A. Chidambaram Stadium:
England: S.J. Taylor b Goswami 14, L. Newton c K. Jain b Dhar 12, S.C. Taylor lbw b A. Sharma 9, C. Edwards c Jain b A. Sharma 0, J. Gunn lbw b A. Sharma 6, L. Greenway (not out) 50, B. Morgan c Paranjpe b A. Sharma 1, J. Smit c Paranjpe b Dimri 1, L. Askew c A. Sharma b Dimri 24, L. Marsh st. Jain b Paranjpe 9, I. Guha (run out) 4, Extras (lb-7, w-5, nb-1) 13, Total (all out in 45.5 overs) 143.
Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-37, 3-37, 4-37, 5-51, 6-64, 7-67, 8-103, 9-137.
India bowling: J. Goswami 8-2-24-1, R. Dhar 10-3-20-1, A. Sharma 10-3-16-4, S. Paranjpe 5-1-17-1, P. Dimri 8.5-1-26-2, T. Kamini 3-0-19-0, R. Goel 1-0-14-0
India: K. Jain c Gunn b Guha 51, J. Sharma c&b Newton 66, M. Raj (not out) 12, T. Kamini (not out) 2, Extras (b-1, lb-3, w-7, nb-2) 13, Total (for two wkts. in 38.5 overs) 144.
Fall of wickets: 1-126, 2-132.
England bowling: J. Gunn 6-0-25-0, L. Marsh 4-0-21-0, L. Askew 6-0-26-0, I. Guha 10-1-32-1, L. Newton 9.5-2-21-1, B. Morgan 3-0-15-0
Australia: A. Blackwell c Mason b Browne 18, M. Bulow (run out) 17, K. Rolton c&b Browne 9, L. Sthalekar c Rolls b Tiffen 45, S. Nitschke lbw b Watson 14, K. Blackwell b Mason 33, C. Fitzpatrick c Tiffen b Mason 29, J. Purves b Milliken 26, S. Andrews (not out) 21, K. Pike (not out) 0, Extras (lb-7, w-10, nb-3) 20, Total (for eight wkts. in 50 overs) 232.
Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-39, 3-79, 4-107, 5-119, 6-165, 7-197, 8-216.
New Zealand bowling: L. Milliken 9-1-39-1, S. Burke 10-1-32-0, N. Browne 10-1-30-2, H. Watson 10-2-44-1, H. Tiffen 5-0-29-1, S. Devine 3-0-31-0, A. Mason 3-0-20-2.
New Zealand: M. Fahey c Bulow b Andrews 15, S. Bates b Andrews 25, H. Tiffen (run out) 3, R. Rolls c Purves b Pike 33, S. McGlashan c Purves b Pike 35, A. Mason c A. Blackwell b Fitzpatrick 5, N. Browne lbw b Sthalekar 5, H. Watson c Purves b Pike 0, S. Devine c Fitzpatrick b Nitschke 30, L. Milliken (not out) 19, S. Burke lbw b Nitschke 0, Extras (b-2, lb-4, w-7) 13, Total (all out in 45 overs) 183.
Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-43, 3-51, 4-96, 5-121, 6-121, 7-121, 8-130, 9-182.
Australia bowling: C. Fitzpatrick 8-1-33-1, C. Smith 7-2-28-0, S. Andrews 5-0-27-2, K. Pike 10-2-31-3, S. Nitschke 7-0-27-2, L. Sthalekar 8-0-31-1.