England Women's captain Heather Knight struck a 24-ball 42* © Getty Images
England Women’s captain Heather Knight struck a 24-ball 42* © Getty Images

England Women warmed up in style ahead of the upcoming T20 tri-series as they defeated India A by 45 runs in the first of the two practice games at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.

England women shone with both bat and ball as they looked to get used to the conditions. Besides England and hosts India, Australia are the other side in the tri-series. After posting a massive 176 for four, England women bundled out the hosts for 131.

Electing to bat, the visitors rode on half centuries by Bryony Smith (50 off 38 balls), Tamsin Beaumont (57 not out in 41 balls) and skipper Heather Knight (52 off 24 balls).

The English batswomen hammered a listless India A bowling attack. For the India side, Radha Yadav (2-37) was the pick of the bowlers.

While chasing, D Hemalatha (41 off 32 balls) waged a lone battle as the others failed to contribute.

S Meghana (8 of ), Vanitha V R (23), H B Deol (5) Tarannum Pathan (0), Sheral Rozario (10), Radha Yadav (17), Arundhathi Reddy (9), R Kalpana (7), Shannti Kumari (4) fell cheaply as the side was bowled out in exactly 20 overs.

For the visitors, medium pacers Anya Shrubsole (2-23), Natasha Farrant (2-21) and Natalie Sciver (2-26) picked up two wickets each.

The second warm-up game will be held on Tuesday.

Brief scores

England Women 176 for 4 in 20 overs (Bryony Smith 50, Tammy Beaumont 57*, Heather Knight 52*; Radha Yadav 2 for 37) beat India A Women 131 all out in 20 overs (Dayalan Hemalatha 41; Anya Shrubsole 2 for 23, Tash Farrant 2 for 21, Natalie Sciver 2 for 26) by 45 runs.