Charlotte Edwards guides England Women to victory

Skipper Charlotte Edwards stroked her way to a 51-ball 60 — a knock characterised by elegance, rather than power.

Charlotte Edwards enroute to her half-century.   -  K. Murali Kumar

England coasted past Bangladesh in a Group 'B' Women's World T20 fixture, held at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday. The 36-run win helped England start its campaign on a bright note, while Bangladesh sunk to a second-straight defeat.

After choosing to bat, England racked up 153 for seven, without ever feeling the need to step on the gas. Skipper Charlotte Edwards stroked her way to a 51-ball 60 — a knock characterised by elegance, rather than power. Charlotte, in the company of fellow opener Tammy Beaumont (18, 14b) and three-drop Natalie Sciver (27, 22b), took England to the 50-run mark in the seventh over, and to the 100 milestone in a healthy 14.4 overs.

Charlotte's pleasing innings came to an end in the 18th over, leaving the task of giving the total a final push to the lower-order batters.

The Bangladesh chase, similar to proceedings witnessed during the side's 72-run loss to India on Tuesday, lacked purpose. The emphasis was to record a respectable score, even if this led to ignoring the challenges involved in hunting down a big target.

At the post-match press conference, Bangladesh captain Jahanara Alam stated that she was pleased that her players made 26 runs more than what was managed against India, but this was but a small victory in the grand scheme of things.

Brief scores:

England Women 153 for 7 in 20 overs (Charlotte Edwards 60, Natalie Sciver 27; Jahanara Alam 3 for 32) bt Bangladesh Women 117 for 6 in 20 overs (Nigar Sultana 35, Salma Khatun 32 n.o.; Anya Shrubsole 2 for

27).