Canterbury, Jun 27: Sarah Taylor's superb 49-ball 69 powered England women's team to a convincing 33-run victory over Indian women in the first of the two Twenty20 Internationals here at the St. Lawrence Ground on Tuesday.
After being sent into bat, the hosts posted 137/5 in 20 overs. India failed in the chase, managing 104 for eight wickets in their quota of 20 overs.
It was Taylor's knock that was the highlight of the game. She hit 10 boundaries to take England to a good total. The next best came from opener Laura Marsh (41, 39 balls, 4x4).
Indian batting failed. Only captain Mithali Raj (26) and Sulakshana Naik (25) made useful contributions but the rest faltered against a good bowling performance by the England bowlers.
Mithali one boundary in her 34-ball innings. Sulakshana had one four and a six in her 21-ball stay at the crease. Sulakshana's six was the lone hit over the boundary in the match.
The visitors were reduced to 54/4 in 12.1 overs. From that stage, they could not recover and played out the overs for 104 runs.
For England, Katherine Brunt and Danielle Wyatt took two wickets apiece. Wyatt was excellent in her four-over spell. She conceded just 10 runs and dismissed Jhulan Goswami and Mona Meshram.
Earlier, Gouher Sultana bagged two wickets. Nagarajan Niranjana and Archana Das had one scalp apiece.
The second and final T20I of the series will be played in Chelmsford on June 28.
Brief Scores: England 137/5 in 20 overs (Sarah Taylor 69, Laura Marsh 41, Gouher Sultana 2/21, Nagarajan Niranjana 1/16 , Archana Das 1/24) beat India 104/8 in 20 overs (Mithali Raj 26, Sulakshana Naik 25, Harmanpreet Kaur 15, Danielle Wyatt 2/10, Katherine Brunt 2/21).