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India beats England by seven wickets

DURBAN, MARCH 2 9. Anjum Chopra and Rumeli Dhar forged an unbroken 106-run partnership for the fourth wicket to help India defeat England by seven wickets in a women's World Cup league match at Pretoria on Monday.

Chasing a modest target of 140, the Indians had a disastrous start as they were reduced to 35 for 3 in 20 overs before Chopra (64 not out) and Dhar (42 not out) took them to victory with 4.1 overs to spare.

This was India's third win in a row after its first match against Sri Lanka was washed out due to rain. The Indians now have 20 points from four matches and are second behind Australia in the standings due to lower net run rate.

Earlier, England captain C.J. Connor elected to bat after winning the toss but her decision soon backfired as half her team was back in pavilion for just 94 runs in 36.4 overs.

Opener C.M. Edwards (58) and A. Brindle (51 not out) were the only two batters to show some resistance against the Indian bowling as none of the other England player managed to reach double figures.

Medium-pacer Jhulan Goswami was the wrecker-in-chief, finishing with figures of four for 27.

Left-arm spinner Neetu David chipped in with three for 23 from her 10 overs.

The Indians also struggled in their reply as they lost openers Anju Jain and Jaya Sharma with just 24 runs on the board.

And when they lost skipper Mithali Raj it looked like it would be an uphill task for the Indians. But Dhar and Chopra ensured that there were no more hiccups as they took the team to victory.

In other matches, Australia defeated South Africa by 97 runs and West Indies thrashed Sri Lanka by eight wickets.

The scores: England 139 (Edwards 58, Brindle 51 not out, Goswami 4 for 27) lost to India 141 for 3 (Chopra 64 not out, Dhar 42 not out). — PTI

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