Christchurch: India crossed their first psychological barrier when they scored a narrow-eight run victory over England in the first close encounter of the Women's World Cup 2000 league match at the Lincoln Green on Monday.This was India's third victory in the league phase and put them on par with defending champions Australia on top of the table with six points. England suffered their second loss as they were surprised by South Africa earlier and this was a crucial match for them in their bid to finish on top four.Indian captain Anju Jain won the toss and elected to bat. India were off to a disastrous start as they lost their skipper in the fifth ball of the innings when she was leg before the wicket to Lucy Pearson without opening her or the side's account.Though Mithali Raj, who joined the other opener Anjum Chopra at the crease, played confidently, India were in for bigger trouble soon. Anjum Chopra was bowled for zero by Claire Taylor with India total reading six.Mithali Raj and top scorer Chandrakanta Kaul then added 45 runs for the third wicket. Mithali, who was scoring at a fairly fast clip, was caught by wicket-keeper Jane Cassar off Clare Connor for 32 runs (57 balls, four fours) and India were reduced to 51 for three.Chandrakanta (45 runs, 78 balls, five fours) forged small partnerships down the line as India finished on 155 for seven from 50 overs. The Indian bowlers then did a splendid job as England slid to 35 for four. Opening bowlers Renu Margrate and Rupanjali Shastri struck early blows.Claire Taylor defied the Indian bowling to top score on 60 off 93 balls with three fours. Rupanjali broke her resistance with a caught and bowled effort. Though Clare Connor made 23 towards the end, India bowled out England for 147 in 49.2 overs to score a morale boosting victory. Rupanjali returned with a three-wicket haul from her 10 overs, three of which were maidens and she conceded 25 runs. Mithali and Deepa Kulkarni claimed two wickets apiece. The Indians also affected two crucial run outs in their victory bid.