England eves spank India in 2nd ODI, take 2-0 lead

England beat India by 10 wickets in the second ODI to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.

updated: September 06, 2008 08:51 IST
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An abject batting capitulation followed by some inept bowling completed the Indian women's cricket team's cup of woes as England spanked them by 10 wickets to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.

Having lost the series opener at Bath, the Mithali Raj-led side needed a vastly improved show to bounce back in the series but their batters came a cropper while the bowlers cut a sorry figure to serve the match on a platter to the hosts at the County Ground here on Monday.

Mithali's decision to bat first boomeranged and barring the skipper, who struck an unbeaten 53 in her 10th ODI, and Asha Rawat (11), no other batter could reach double digits and as many as four of them had duck against their names.

In fact, the second highest score came from extras, which amounted 17.

For England, Katherine Brunt (3/14) dealt early blows by removing opener Sulakshana Naik (0), Devika Palshikar (4) and Amita Sharma (6) and in between, Isa Guha castled Jaya Sharma for a duck to leave India tottering at 11 for four.

Though Mithali stood tall amid the ruins, she could only watch helplessly from the other end as wickets fell like nine pins.