England women power to ODI win over India

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Tammy Beaumont and Nat Sciver have powered England's women to an emphatic eight-wicket triumph over India, taking the first one-day international with an unbroken century stand at Bristol.

As the teams reconvened on Sunday after last week's drawn Test at the same ground, India failed to catch fire with the bat as they were restricted to 8-201.

Mithali Raj anchored with 72, but it was never enough to seriously stretch England's top order, who eased home with 91 balls remaining.

Beaumont batted through for 87 not out and Sciver smashed an unbaten 74, with both going at exactly a run-a-ball.

They put on 119 for the third wicket, sharing 22 boundaries and one six apiece to put the more cautious Indian methods in the shade.

After choosing to send India in, England skipper Heather Knight saw her opening bowlers assume control of the 10-over powerplay, during which the tourists limped to 2-27.

The first - and key - wicket to fall was 17-year-old prodigy Shafali Verma, fresh from a player-of-the-match performance in last week's Test.

Having excelled with 159 in two knocks against the red ball, she managed just 15 before Katherine Brunt caught her in two minds with a rising delivery, and she swatted a catch to Anya Shrubsole.

Shrubsole then grabbed an early scalp for herself, knocking back Smriti Mandhana's off stump.

That brought Raj to the crease and she began her cornerstone innings, a measured but unambitious effort.

There were healthy stands with Punam Raut (56 in 94 balls) and Deepti Sharma (65 in 85), but nothing that ever threatened to disrupt England's plans.

While Raj pressed on with care, Kate Cross had Raut caught off a chipped drive for 32 and the returning Shrubsole pinned Sharma lbw for 30.

Raj had started to accelerate sharply but was stopped in her tracks in the 46th over when Sophie Ecclestone snuck one through with the arm and flicked the top of off stump.

She had already taken out Harmanpreet Kaur and later added Pooja Vastrakar to finish with figures of 3-40.

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