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Harmanpreet Kaur scored 26 (25) to power India Women to 90 for 8. © Getty Images

India Women locked horns with England Women in the 11th match of Women’s World T20 2016, at Dharamsala. It was a must-win match for the Eves as their defeat against Pakistan Women made their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals bleak. On the other hand, England have played only one match so far, defeating Bangladesh comprehensively and will look to outplay the wounded Indians. As a matter of fact, whichever team emerges triumphant today will be the table-toppers of Group B. England captain Charlotte Edwards won the toss and elected to bowl first. Like witnessed in the previous matches, the Dharamsala pitch appeared on the slower side. And, like Pakistan, Charlotte wanted to restrict India to a paltry total and likewise strategise the chase. FULL SCORECARD: India Women vs England Women, Live Score, Match 11, Super 10 Group B

India star batter and captain Mithali Raj decided to bat at no. 3, letting Vellaswammy Vanitha and Smriti Mandhana open the innings. England bowlers were right on the money and dismissed Vellaswammy on a duck in the very first over. Smriti played the aggressor’s to make the most of the batting Powerplay by hitting a couple boundaries. Indian batters were living dangerously, as the English players completely misjudged and dropped two dollies. While trying to up the ante, Mandha was knocked over Anya Shrubsole. LIVE BLOG: India Women vs England Women, Live Score, Match 11, Super 10 Group B

The onus was, then, on Mithali and Shikha Pandey to stitch a partnership and take the Eves to a respectable total. They put up a 29-run partnership before Shikha was caught on 12 by brunt. England bowlers made full use of the conditions and bowled slower through the air. They contained the onslaught by setting up fielder on the off-side and bowled accordingly. Indian batters tried to shuffle and play through leg side but failed to do so on most occasions. Mithali played smart cricket by paddle-sweeping few and get the scoreboard ticking. However, it was Veda Krishnamurthy late onslaught that brought India to 90 for 8 in 20 overs. Judging by the nature of the pitch, the Indian bowlers will try to take the pace off the ball and defend a paltry total of 91.

Brief scores:

India Women (Mithali Raj 20, Veda Krushnamurthy 26; Heather Knight 3 for 15, Anya Shrubsole 2 for 12) vs England Women