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Indian women suffer 2nd loss

Mithali Raj’s 57 went in vain

Sylhet: India produced yet another listless batting performance as they suffered a five-wicket loss to England, succumbing to their second consecutive defeat in the Women’s World Twenty20, here, on Wednesday.

Electing to bat, Indian women could only score 95 for nine in their stipulated 20 overs with captain Mithali Raj contributing with a fine 56-ball 57. England chased down the target with 11 balls to spare at the Sylhet Stadium.

None of the England batswomen scored big and they were struggling at 34 for two in the sixth over. But, in the end, they won the match without much fuss as they reached 98 for five in 18.1 overs. Opener Sarah Taylor top-scored for England with a 29-ball 28 while Lydia Greenway contributed 26.

For India, Soniya Dabir grabbed two wickets for 21 runs while Jhulan Goswami and Poonam Yadav got a wicket each.

With Wednesday’s loss, India will find it difficult to qualify for the semi-finals as they are yet to open account after two matches. They had lost to Sri Lanka by 22 runs in their campaign opener.

England, the last edition runners-up, are on two points after a win and a loss.

Earlier, India’s over dependence on captain Raj (57) showed as none of her batting colleagues could contribute for the team cause. Raj scored more than half of the team total, hitting eight fours in her 56-ball knock.

Sravanthi Naidu was the next highest scorer with a 27-ball 11 while. None of the remaining Indian batswomen could reach double digit scores.