India could not have asked for a better start for their World Cup campaign as they beat England by 35 runs in the opener. Batting first, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut and Mithali Raj scored half-centuries each to lead India to a total of 281 for the loss of three wickets. Smirti scored 90 while Raut scored 86. Mithali managed to score 71 runs, her seventh consecutive half-century in ODI, a record for any player. England were bowled out for 246 in the chase. India picked up 5 wickets but Wilson scored 81 and a stand with Brunt to stage a comeback. But, three run-outs ended England’s hopes of a win.
India: Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Mona Meshram, Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma, Poonam Yadav
England: Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Sarah Taylor, Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Danielle Wyatt, Katherine Brunt, Danielle Hazell, Jenny Gunn, Anya Shrubsole, Alex Hartley
England captain Heather Knight has won the toss and her team would field first. Mithali Raj says she would have preferred to bowl too. Expected decision considering the overcast conditions in Derby