Canterbury: England Women began their home series against India after clinching a 33 year win with both bat and ball, not allowing the visitors into the contest.
Sarah Taylor was the star with the bat, scoring a brisk half-century to set up a strong total, after which Katherine Brunt and Danielle Wyatt led an all-round bowling effort to lead the hosts to 137 in 20 overs.
The only time the English were on the back foot was when they lost their captain Charlotte Edwards early after getting sent in to bat. She was leg before wicket to N Niranjana, leaving England 1 for 1 in 1.1 overs.
The recovery began immediately, though, with Laura Marsh and Taylor adding 105 runs for the second wicket.
Marsh scored 41 off 39 balls and Taylor scored a decent 69 off 49 deliveries.
By the time they were separated in the 15th over, England were scoring at more than a run a ball. Gouher Sultana dismissed both batsmen in successive overs and reached 137 for 5 wickets, when they could have got a little more. India’s chase began poorly when Brunt dismissed both openers in successive overs to reduce the visitors to 20 for 2 wickets in five overs. Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur added 30 runs before two more wickets fell in the space of four runs.
England 137/5 in 20 overs (S. Taylor 69, L. Marsh 41; G. Sultana 2/21). India 104/8 in 20 overs ( M.Raj 26; D.Wyatt 2/10). England won by 33 runs.