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