England v Australia, Women's World Cup, Mumbai, as it happened

England lose to Australia by two runs in their first Super Six match of the Women's World Cup in Mumbai.

8 February 2013 Last updated at 11:04 GMT

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  1. 1045: 

    Well, plenty of you are blaming that umpire on Twitter (you can continue to debate it via #bbccricket) - but I think several of England's top order need to assume some culpability for some poor shot selection when facing a moderate total.

    It's a bumper weekend coming up on TMS - Simon Mann and the gang are live from Auckland tomorrow morning from 0545 GMT for England men's first T20 international in New Zealand (with Sam Sheringham on live text duty here), then the women are in action in Cuttack on Sunday morning at 0330, and I'll be back for that, I hope you'll join us then - enjoy the rest of your day.


    Wisden editor Lawrence Booth on Twitter: "Ouch, just seen the Charlotte Edwards lbw. The umpire needs a geometry lesson..."

  3. 1037: 

    West Indies have beaten South Africa by two wickets, with four-and-a-half overs to spare. So the Super Six table is confirmed as this:

    Australia - 6 points. New Zealand - 4 points (NRR +1.712). West Indies - 4 points (NRR +1.187). England - 2 points (NRR +0.320). Sri Lanka - 2 points (NRR -2.432). South Africa - 0 points.


    From Chris in NL, TMS inbox: "I have watched two games of this World Cup, this one and the Sri Lanka game - excellent, exciting cricket."

    From Carol in Portugal, TMS inbox: "I'm furious at these presenters. Why are they blaming England instead of the umpire who made not one but TWO extremely bad decisions. WRONG WRONG!"


    Stash Heinrich ‏on Twitter: "Can't go along with commentator who said the umpires haven't made a difference, Charlotte or Laura may have managed two more runs."

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    Player of the match Lisa Sthalekar: "It was a good performance by the whole team, only putting 140 on the board we needed to take early wickets and we did that. We all did our jobs, I was fortunate to have a really good partnership with Sarah Coyte in the middle. It was a decent batting wicket, with a bit of turn I like as a spinner, so I'm looking forward to playing here in two days' time. I always wanted to play in a World Cup in India [where she was born] and hopefully we can finish it well."


    Australia captain Jodie Fields: "It was a bit lucky, but if you bowl the ball in the right areas and your fielders back you up, you can win a a game from anywhere. You've got to hang in there till the last ball and we did that. Holly Ferling brought a lot of energy to the group and hopefully she'll have more opportunities in the tournament. Every match is important, so we'll be working hard on playing well against Sri Lanka."


    England captain Charlotte Edwards: "It's disappointing to get so close and not get over the line, but that's cricket and we've got to come back strongly. It was an important toss to win, Katherine and Anya bowled well up front, but poor shots and a couple of bad decisions have cost us. Laura Marsh's dismissal was crucial. We still believed we could win as we have strength in depth in the batting - Anya bats number four for her county. It wasn't to be today, but congratulations to Australia for getting over the line."

  9. 1022: 

    So, wins for Australia and New Zealand today mean that if West Indies beat South Africa (they need six runs from 36 balls with four overs left, so let's assume for the moment that they will), the Super Six table would stand as follows:

    Australia - 6 points. New Zealand/West Indies - 4 points. England/Sri Lanka - 2 points. South Africa - 0 points.

    So Australia look like they may have one foot (or at least three to four toes) in the final already - while nothing less than two wins will do for England.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Sarah Taylor's had two golden ducks in the last two games, confidence may not be flowing through her games, England now have their one game in Cuttack and South Africa are based out there. We were a little anxious for England today, their bowling has been good although the fifth bowler has been a bit of a concern - the batting has been the problem. I think if England beat South Africa and New Zealand they should reach the final, as the first tie-breaker is head-to-head results."


    Australia pace bowler Holly Ferling: "We've got such a strong fielding and bowling line-up we can defend anything. I am honoured to be playing in the team."

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "The captaincy of Fields was stand-out for me. It's a pity that in a tight game like this we had a couple of umpiring howlers, that will leave a little bit of a sour taste, but that shouldn't take anything away from the Australians.' performance. I should think they can now afford to drop one game and still reach the final - England will have to win their next two games, and by some margin to get their net run-rate up."

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "There was a B&H final in the 1980s when Lancashire's John Abrahams was out for a duck and didn't bowl but got the man-of-the-match award for his captaincy. As well as Lisa Sthalekar has played, I think Jodie Fields's captaincy has been absolutely outstanding."

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Everything went in England's favour today, they won the toss and bowled well but they've given this match away with poor batting and loose shots up top. On a pitch like this, There's no excuse for shots like that. I think Jodie Fields was really aggressive and smart with her field placings."

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "So near, and so far for England. Has this put their opportunity to reach the final in doubt? But you look at Sthalekar being dropped on 11 by Greenway, and also at two appalling umpiring decisions given against Charlotte Edwards and Laura Marsh. However, I don't think you blame umpiring decisions - England need only blame themselves."

  16. 47.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Colvin c Fields b Osborne 16 (Eng 145 all out)

    Osborne bowls, Colvin aims to hit it through mid-wicket but straight to the diving Sthalekar, Shrubsole has to return to the non-striker's end and although Sthalekar's throw hits the stumps, she's home in time. But Colvin tries to cut, and feathers an edge to keeper Fields - Australia win by two runs. An astounding finish to a gripping match.

  17. 47 overs: 
    Eng 145-9 (TARGET 148)

    Holly Ferling to bowl her last over, Shrubsole finds the gap in the covers to tip-and-run a single, to reduce the target to single figures. It's Holly v Holly - Ferling bowls, Colvin opens the face and steers a single to third man. Shrubsole whips a full toss off her legs, Sthalekar at mid-wicket gets a hand to it which probably saves it from going for four, but they manage to scamper a two. Shrubsole knocks a single to third man, five needed. Ferling bowls another legside wide, four needed! Colvin blocks the fifth ball, but straight-drives the last for a single, three needed from 18 balls, Colvin's on strike and Ferling has bowled her last delivery with 3-35 from 10.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "No conversation is happening in that England dressing-room. Nails are being bitten, and everyone is just focused on the middle."

  19. 46 overs: 
    Eng 138-9 (TARGET 148)

    With Sthalekar's 10 overs exhausted, Australia turn to fellow off-spinner Osborne, who's only bowled four overs so far. She's quickly through her over, Colvin helps herself to a single to leg, as does the tall Shrubsole. 10 needed from 24 balls.


    Graham H ‏on Twitter: "England women have surely watched the men play too much. Learned how to turn a promising position into an edge-of-the-seat finale."

  21. 45 overs: 
    Eng 136-9

    Ferling returns to the attack for her ninth over, but opens up with a legside wide. Colvin steers a single through the covers, every run is being cheered by the England fans - mostly the players' families in the pavilion. Shrubsole square-drives the right-arm pace bowler for four, England are now 12 runs from victory, and have 30 balls left. Nervous? I'm in bits here, goodness knows how the England players feel...

    And I've just had a thought - this is turning out a bit like the men's World Cup in 2011 where there were a lot of one-sided games but somehow, England always seemed to be involved in the closest finishes!


    From Aleksandra, TMS inbox: "Come on England! This is painful to watch, you do know how to make problems for yourself - now solve it!"

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Having just squeaked the ball over mid-on, Shrubsole may think twice about trying that again..."

  24. 44 overs: 
    Eng 130-9 (TARGET 148)

    Sthalekar to bowl her last over, Shrubsole comes a pace down the wickets but then defends. It's hearts in mouths time as the number 11 steps forward again and launches a lofted on-drive just out of the reach of mid-on, that's four! She defends the rest of the over, and Sthalekar finishes with 1-19 from her 10.

  25. 43 overs: 
    Eng 126-9

    With the last pair together, can England pull this one out of the fire? Colvin seems to think so, crashing two fours through the covers against the recalled Coyte and then edging her third boundary in four overs past the keeper through the vacant area where first slip would have been! So, England need 22 from 42 balls...

  26. 42 overs: 
    Eng 114-9

    Anya Shrubsole to face her first ball - she's only batted twice in ODIs, scoring a duck against India and 15 not out against Sri Lanka, both in November 2010, but has not been required to bat in 50-over cricket since then. She sees off the rest of Sthalekar's over - the off-spinner has finally been rewarded with a wicket and has figures of 9-5-15-1.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I have an inkling that Katherine Brunt's ankle is not as good as it ought to be, which may be why she was not brought back earlier to bowl her overs. But I think Jodie Fields has captained very well, and that Sthalekar-Coyte partnership really hurt England."

  28. 41.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Brunt c Schutt b Sthalekar 2 (Eng 114-9)

    Holly Colvin is the new batter, Sthalekar returns to the attack and Brunt tries to go over the top but hits a straightforward catch to mid-on. With apologies to Anya Shrubsole's batting potential... time to start the tuk-tuk?

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England did all the good work, they won the toss and reduced Australia's top order to rubble, but they didn't finish the job quickly enough for my money. Edwards got a bad decision, then there was a rash of poor shots, and England have found themselves clawing their way to a small total."

  30. 41 overs: 
    WICKET- Greenway c Sthalekar b Ferling 49 (Eng 114-8)

    Butch has called it - Ferling returns to the attack. A Greenway single sets up a "blonde fast bowler v blonde fast bowler" duel between Ferling and Katherine Brunt, who both have smiles on their faces. But Ferling shows a few nerves with a ropey legside full toss - she'll be relieved that Brunt only managed to guide it away for a single. But Australia are cock-a-hoop after Ferling makes the breakthrough as Greenway - on 49 - hits the ball straight to short extra cover.


    Benjamin Copp ‏on Twitter: "You know it's a great game when you are biting your nails from reading the text commentary. Gutted for England."


    Jimmyhill75 on Twitter: "The worst thing about women's cricket? The male umpires."

    Catherine D on Twitter: "Presumably no DRS as it's in Mumbai - terrible umpiring, Eng robbed twice!"

    Mark Turvill on Twitter: "Sounds like another dodgy decision against Eng. Is the umpire Howard Webb's Australian cousin?

  33. 40 overs: 
    Eng 112-7

    Mark Butcher on TMS gives a little evil chuckle as Schutt's first ball of her new spell is a leg stump half-volley and Greenway gives it the full treatment, crashing it through the leg side for four, to take her score to 43. After a long conference with captain/keeper Fields, the next but one ball is also on leg stump... and chipped through square leg for four more. A single takes the left-hander to 48 - England need 36 from 60 balls.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Australia have been forced into a bowling change and have brought Megan Schutt back, so pace on the ball should suit Greenway."

  35. 39 overs: 
    Eng 103-7 (TARGET 148)

    Coyte bowls a maiden to Brunt, her innocuous-looking right-arm medium pace has yielded only eight runs in seven overs.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Holly Ferling is going to be a star of women's cricket for some time to come, she's got the looks and she's got the pace. At 17, she can do many, many things that most can't."

  37. 38 overs: 
    Eng 103-7

    Greenway, looking to continue her steady accumulation, adds a single against Osborne while Brunt is off the mark with a slog-swept single - there are two fielders out there, although Brunt would have hoped to bisect them for four. Left-hander Greenway connects with a brutal sweep which goes wide of the mid-wicket boundary rider for four. Hundred up - 45 needed from 72 balls.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I don't like having a pop at umpires, but that didn't look right in real time. Jodie Fields, the captain and wicketkeeper, was so far down the leg side when the ball was intercepted by Laura Marsh's front pad, it looked another bad decision."

  39. 38 overs: 
    Eng 97-7

    Brunt will have to play a more watchful innings than when she was promoted to number five to have a dart against India. A wide is added to the score.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Katherine Brunt is a big hitter, she can hit over the top but I don't think nudging and nurdling is in her game plan."

  41. 36.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Marsh lbw b Coyte 22 (Eng 96-7)

    After a single from Greenway, Coyte finally makes the breakthrough as Marsh is trapped lbw... it's the same umpire who gave Edwards out earlier, and once again the ball-tracker shows the ball missing leg stump. Gulp.

    Alison Mitchell, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I think we might have much more an idea, by the end of the powerplay, how this game's going to go."

  43. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Eng 95-6

    The umpire signals the batting powerplay but Australia continue with Osborne's off-spin. Greenway forces a single, while Marsh - who got off to a flier with those three boundaries while Greenway was becalmed - has now rather switched roles with her partner, notw it's Greenway showing more intent as Marsh sees off the rest of the over.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Australia have a lot of decisions to make now, and they will all be crucial."

  45. 35 overs: 
    Eng 94-6 (TARGET 148)

    Ferling's off, as Ebony on TMS predicted, and Australia turn back to Sarah Coyte - Australia will still have to (theoretically) get through four more overs between Coyte and Osborne, assuming that their four main bowlers all bowl their full quota. Greenway nudges the medium-pacer for a single. 54 needed from 90 balls.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "If England bat 50 overs, they should win comfortably, as I can't believe they would face 16 more overs and not score 55 runs."

  47. 34 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 93-6

    Osborne, who's from New South Wales and is playing her 38th ODI, feeds Greenway's favourite sweep shot which earns her a two through square leg, and also brings up the fifty partnership from 136 balls. A paddle to fine leg brings two more - "this is intelligent batting as it moves the field around," notes Prakash Wakankar on TMS. A single takes Greenway to 31 - time for a drinks break.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "This is so important for the English batters to maximise this partnership, I don't know whether Australia will stick with Holly Ferling, who was a bit ragged in that last over with those wides."

  49. 33 overs: 
    Eng 88-6 (TARGET 148)

    Ferling into her seventh over, she opens with a wide and switches her angle of attack, bowling round the wicket - and from wide of the crease - to the right-handed Marsh., but two more wides prompt the teenager to move back to over the wicket. Marsh guides a two to fine leg, and earns a little telling-off from the umpire for running down the middle of the pitch.

  50. 32 overs: 
    Eng 83-6

    New bowler, same action as Australia turn to Erin Osborne's off-spin as their sixth bowler. In a repeat of the last over, Marsh plays out five dot balls before nicking the strike with a single. And there's a drink brought out for the batters, which may or may not have been accompanied by a secret message, which may or may not be related to the upcoming batting powerplay...

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport

    "Over in Cuttack, the West Indies are cruising towards a victory over South Africa. Chasing 231 to win, the Caribbean side are 144-2 after 25 overs with Stafanie Taylor 74 not out off 75 balls."

  52. 31 overs: 
    Eng 82-6

    "I think she'll bowl a bouncer here," predicts Ebony on TMS and she's right as Marsh ducks a lifting delivery from Ferling. The teen's last delivery finds Marsh's outside edge as she tries to play forward, and the ball zips away for a single.

  53. 30 overs: 
    Eng 81-6

    Sthalekar, who's bowled pretty tightly, serves up a long-hop which Greenway whacks for four through mid-wicket. This stand is now worth 42.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "Something sounding like firecrackers go off around Mumbai. The reason? Down the road at the Wankhede Stadium, Sachin Tendulkar has just reached a century for Mumbai against the Rest of India in the Irani Trophy."

    The Irani Trophy? Is that named after Ronnie?


    Malcolm Rees on Twitter: "Turn the computer on; Australia all out for 147... excellent!! And England? 65-6... Ahhh..."

  56. 29 overs: 
    Eng 77-6 (TARGET 148)

    Australia need a wicket, so remove Coyte's gentle medium pace to give pacey teenager Holly Ferling - who's 17 and still at school - another burst. Greenway tries to guide one off her legs and they jog through for a leg bye, With more pace on the ball, England pick up a couple more singles. They need 71 from 126 balls.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "This is still very do-able for England, but they just don't want to let the momentum get away from them."

  58. 28 overs: 
    Eng 74-6

    Greenway and Marsh add a couple of singles against Sthalekar before Greenway breaks the shackles with a four through extra cover. A single takes the left-hander to 21.

  59. 27 overs: 
    Eng 67-6

    Charles Dagnall on TMS admits he finds Aussie captain/keeper Jodie Fields's hockey-style mask, which she wears to stand up to the stumps, rather creepy. "I've seen these ice hockey goalies paint their face cages to look menacing with skulls or sharks on," he warns. Thankfully, Fields's mask is not adorned in that manner, While a wide from Coyte boosts the score, Greenway ends a scoring sequence of one run off her last 46 balls, by knocking the last ball of the over for a single. She has 15 from 74. But England won't mind if she's 50 not out from 150 balls when the winning runs are hit...

  60. 26 overs: 
    Eng 65-6 (TARGET 148)

    It's slow going from England, just as it was against West Indies - although in these circumstances, with six wickets down, there's no suggestions of any net-run-rate-related shenanigans. Sthalekar, whose six overs have yielded only four runs, serves up a maiden to Marsh.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "There's something interesting and unusual everywhere you go in Mumbai and the Brabourne Stadium is no different. In the bowels of the main stand at the Church Gate End are some metal bunk beds, the sort you may have found on the lower decks of an old ship. They are often occupied by someone taking a break from the day's work. It's hard to imagine beds being placed on the concourse at Trent Bridge, although they would perhaps aid some well-oiled members of the crowd."

  62. 25 overs: 
    Eng 65-6

    Marsh plunders a single against Coyte, she's 16 not out and is now the joint top scorer in the innings.

  63. 24 overs: 
    Eng 64-6 (TARGET 148)

    After several overs bowling to Greenway, Sthalekar bowls over the wicket to the right-handed Marsh, who moves to 14 with a single, while the left-handed Greenway gets her sweep shot out and she moves to 14 too. Marsh rotates the strike, this stand is now worth 25.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport

    "New Zealand have thrashed Sri Lanka by eight wickets in their first Super Six contest. The Sri Lankans were bowled out for 103, with Lea Tahuhu taking four wickets. The Kiwis chased down the runs in 23 overs, with Sophie Devine rounding things off with a six."

  65. 23 overs: 
    Eng 61-6

    A member of the Brabourne Stadium ground staff comes on and hammers down some of the bowler's footmarks at the Pavilion End between overs. Marsh, who has dealt exclusively in boundaries so far, scores her first single with a steer through mid-wicket against Coyte.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "Marsh and Greenway are using all their experience under the burning Mumbai sun. Because of the effort of their bowlers, England are still in this game, but only just. At the moment, though, the wait for a first World Cup win over the Aussies since 1993 looks set to continue."

  67. 22 overs: 
    Eng 60-6

    Alex Blackwell at short extra cover is having to do most of Australia's fielding on her own here, as Greenway keeps hitting the ball straight to her. Aussies hold their heads in their hands as Greenway is beaten by a yorker which just misses the stumps, and that's Sthalekar's third maiden in four overs. She has figures of 4-3-1-0.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Greenway has got a bit bogged down here, she's become a bit preoccupied with sweeping the off-spinner."

  69. 21 overs: 
    Eng 60-6 (TARGET 148)

    Sarah Coyte is Australia's fifth bowler, bowling some rather gentle right-arm medium pace, a wide is the only blemish from her over.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "In building a partnership here, England can give Jodie Fields more to think about with her field and bowling changes, given that her strike bowlers can only bowl 10 each. A poor ball will come - and it will come when they're trying to get you out. It's a pity that England's wickets have come from getting themselves out."

  71. 20 overs: 
    Eng 59-6

    Australia have set their field well for Greenway's favoured sweep shot, Sthaleker sends down another maiden to the left-hander. At this stage, Australia were 64-5.

  72. 19 overs: 
    Eng 59-6

    In fact, there have only been six scoring shots in the last 10 overs, make that seven as Marsh square-drives Schutt for four - she has 12 from 22 balls (all in boundaries), Greenway has 13 from 47.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I've been asked a lot about Sarah Taylor being invited to train with Sussex men's 2nd XI. If she's good enough and gets into the side on merit, that's fine. If she's found not to be good enough, she doesn't play. But you could ask the question, to what end would she be playing men's cricket? She's not going to play men's Test cricket, so what about the young lad whose place she would take?"

  74. 18 overs: 
    Eng 55-6

    Greenway sweeps at Sthalekar but it's straight to the fielder at short fine leg. That's two consecutive maidens, and three overs since the last run off the bat, but England have oodles of overs to spare - they just can't risk losing wickets.


    Rob Jones on Twitter: "No matter if it's cricket, football, men's or women's, any English sports never do anything the easy way!"

  76. 17 overs: 
    Eng 55-6 (TARGET 148)

    As the drinks buggy chugs off the field (do you think it has to be returned to a Mumbai golf course after this World Cup?), Cap'n Fields rings the changes as teenager Ferling takes a rest after four overs and Megan Schutt returns, bowling a maiden to Marsh.

    Alison Mitchell, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    On Twitter: "On Ferling from Queensland Cricket: made national headlines by taking a hat-trick as a 14-year-old with her first three balls in men's A-Grade cricket."

  78. 16 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 55-6

    Australia turn to spin for the first time in the persona of Lisa Sthalekar, who likes to bowl her off-spin in a cap. (Although not turned round the wrong way, like Geoffrey Boycott back in the day). Keeper Jodie Fields is standing up to the stumps, choosing to wear a hockey-style face mask rather than a helmet. Sthalekar looks on for a maiden until her sixth ball is a wide. Time for drinks.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "By coming into the Super Six with maximum points, there's less pressure on Australia to win every game, but England have played into their hands a little bit."

  80. 15 overs: 
    Eng 54-6 (TARGET 148)

    A glorious cover-driven four by Marsh pushes England past 50, Ferling sends the next one wide outside off stump and it's called a wide as skipper Fields takes it in front of first slip. The next ball is also a wide, so as Prakash points out on TMS, we've got an old-style Aussie eight-ball over!

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    On Twitter: "This partnership for England is absolutely key. Greenway & Marsh. Ferling, classic fast bowler, great action & will only improve."

  82. 14 overs: 
    Eng 48-6

    Greenway is watchful as Hunter's seventh over is a maiden - she has 2-15.

  83. 13 overs: 
    Eng 48-6 (TARGET 148)

    Australia's body language in the field tells you how things are going, as Ferling, who hails from Queensland, sprints in to hand her cap to the umpire for her third over. After a single from Greenway, Marsh is off the mark, getting a good stride in to punch a four through extra cover. Australia were 36-5 at this stage, and about to embark on a long partnership.

    Mel Jones, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I'm surprised how much Ferling's bowling reminds me of Ellyse Perry - a smooth approach to the wicket and a good side-on action."

  85. 12 overs: 
    Eng 43-6

    Greenway, who must play the anchor role here if England are to avoid a humiliating collapse, steers Hunter for a single to mid-off. Marsh rotates the strike with a leg bye, then Hunter oversteps with a no-ball, earning Greenway a free hit - which she paddles to deep square leg for a single.

  86. 11 overs: 
    Eng 39-6 (TARGET 148)

    So, six England players back in the hutch, three of them for ducks, and Laura Marsh is the new batter - Ferling has figures of 2-0-2-2. I'm sure Richie Benaud would approve.

  87. 10.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Gunn b Ferling 0 (Eng 39-6)

    Holly Ferling - who if you didn't hear earlier, was compared to Daryl Hannah in the film 'Splash' by TMS summariser Mark Butcher - begins a new over, Greenway moves to 11 with a single. And England are all at sea against the Mermaid as she comprehensively castles Gunn, knocking her middle stump over.

  88. 10 overs: 
    Eng 38-5

    Jenny Gunn is the new batter, while Aussie summariser Mel Jones points out on TMS how many times Gunn has got England out of trouble... setting her up for a commentator's curse I wouldn't wonder.

    Mel Jones, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It'll be interesting to see how long Australia can keep the ball swinging as the day gets hotter."

  90. 9.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Knight b Hunter 0 (Eng 38-5)

    England are in trouble here as Heather Knight is trapped lbw to her third ball, suddenly they're five down.

    Mel Jones, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I can't believe the shot selection from the England players after those two early wickets. They're chasing wide balls and getting out to them. Heather Knight's in next, she played a good innings against Sri Lanka when England were in trouble."

  92. 9.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Brindle c Haynes b Hunter 1 (Eng 38-4)

    Hunter grabs her first wicket as Brindle repeats the mistake Wyatt and Taylor made, chasing a wide delivery and offering an easy catch to backward point.

  93. 9 overs: 
    Eng 38-3 (TARGET 148)

    The experienced Arran Brindle is England's number five, she's scored 31, 37 not out and 14 in her World Cup so far (along with plenty of sessions of corridor cricket in the hotel with her son Harry). She's off the mark with a single past the slips.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "Australia, perhaps encouraged by the decision Charlotte Edwards got, are appealing for everything. The crowd have got wise to them and a few ironic cheers greeted the last couple of appeals. The support for England is noticeable too, huge cheer for the lovely straight drive of Greenway's."

    Mel Jones, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "These two teams have played each other so many times, you know whether it's a big or a small score on the board, the other team will be up for it."

  96. 8.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Wyatt c Fields b Ferling 16 (Eng 37-3)

    Teenager Holly Ferling's first ball is fenced at outside off stump by Wyatt, there's a thick edge to the diving keeper Jodie Fields and the teenager has struck!

    Mel Jones, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "It's game on now, after those early wickets. You can hear from the stump microphones how chirpy the Australians are. But Julie Hunter bowled two boundary balls in that innings, this game will depend a lot on how Jodie Fields captains the Australians. Holly Ferling is coming on to bowl, she's a couple of yards quicker than Ellyse Perry."

  98. 8 overs: 
    Eng 37-2 (TARGET 148)

    Hunter switches to bowling round the wicket to the left-handed Greenway, but now it's Greenway's turn to find the boundary with a classical straight drive which the TMS crew think is a "shot of the day" contender, before the Kent player guides another four over the fielder at mid-wicket.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "Those wickets have given Australia a real lift, they are buzzing around with lots of clapping and shouting. That's the second poor shot Taylor has played in as many games to be dismissed cheaply. The World Cup hasn't quite worked out for her yet - you hope the headlines before the tournament have not turned her head."

  100. 7 overs: 
    Eng 29-2

    Greenway rotates the strike with a leg bye, Wyatt is cashing in on the fours here, helping Schutt down the leg side for her third boundary, while Charles Dagnall entertains TMS listeners with some hair-raising (literally) tales of his experimentation with a ponytail in his days as a county cricketer.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport

    "The West Indies have staged something of a recovery against Australia in the fourth one-day international in Sydney. They were all over the shop at 55-6 but recovered to 220 all out largely thanks to an uncharacteristically responsible 109 off 136 balls by Kieron Pollard. The Windies have little more than pride to play for, however, with Australia already 3-0 up in the five-match series."

  102. 6 overs: 
    Eng 24-2

    Greenway clips Hunter for a single to long leg, and that's her 2,000th ODI run - she's the fifth woman to reach that mark for England, and the 20th overall. (The four previous Englishwomen being Charlotte Edwards, Claire and Sarah Taylor, and Jan Brittin, who opened the batting in the 1993 World Cup win).

  103. 5 overs: 
    Eng 23-2 (TARGET 148)

    Left-hander Lydia Greenway is the new batter, she's often had to dig England out after early wickets like this, and she's off the mark with a single off her legs. But Wyatt tucks in to a couple of overpitched deliveries by Schutt, pulling a four through mid-wicket before whipping a square cut through the gap at cover point.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Edwards can consider herself unlucky, but Taylor was just chasing a wide one there, probably trying to make up for her golden duck in the last game."

  105. 4.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Taylor c Lanning b Schutt 0 (Eng 14-2)

    Taylor's first ball is a legside wide from Schutt, her first legitimate delivery is edged to Meg Lanning at first slip... I'm afraid that's two golden ducks in a row for England's number three.

  106. 4 overs: 
    Eng 13-1

    Sarah Taylor is the new batter, looking on from the non-striker's end as Wyatt helps herself to a two through point, then gets down well to dig out a yorker. And that gunslinger umpire from the last over won't be pleased that the repeated replays (including the ball-tracker) of the Edwards dismissal make it look an even worse decision than it looked at the time.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "They all went up, it was a better shout than the previous decision, but that's a shocker. We're behind the batter at this end, but looking at the replay from behind the bowler's arm, it was even worse."

  108. 3 overs: 
    WICKET- Edwards lbw b Schutt 8 (Eng 11-1)

    The Aussies are lively in the field as Wyatt drives Schutt into the covers, steering a single just past the short cover fielder. Big appeal for lbw against Edwards by the keeper and slip cordon, but the bowler didn't look particularly convinced. Next ball, Edwards is hit in front as she tries to force the ball to the leg side, this umpire is a bit of a gunslinger and sticks his finger straight up - replays show it was a poor decision with the ball clearly heading down the leg side...

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "On such a flat track like this, how do you get wickets? The ball is carrying, so that's why there are a couple of slips in."

    Charles Dagnall's suggestion is "Bounce them!" - you would never know he was a fast bowler...

  110. 2 overs: 
    Eng 10-0

    Julie Hunter will take the first over from the Church Gate End, after her (at times) entertaining batting cameo at the end of the innings. With two slips and a gully in, Wyatt defends her first couple of deliveries, but is off the mark with a single.

  111. 1 over: 
    Eng 9-0 (TARGET 148)

    Right-arm seamer Schutt gets England off the mark with a legside wide, Edwards opens her account with a four through the covers, and she then pulls a loose delivery through mid-wicket for four - that's meat and drink to the England skipper, who'll be pleased to start with a couple of boundaries.

  112. 0700: 

    Charlotte Edwards, who was unable to bat against West Indies because of illness, is back at the top of the order, along with her opening partner Danielle Wyatt. Megan Schutt taking the new ball for Australia.

  113. 0657: 

    And if you didn't hear it last night, there was a fascinating programme on BBC Radio 5 live about the "black armband" protest by Andy Flower and Henry Olonga about the "death of democracy" in Zimbabwe 10 years ago. You can listen again to the programme or download it as a podcast.

  114. 0653: 

    What sort of cricketing opportunities do Indian girls get compared to boys? Our man Stephan Shemilt has been to visit a charity in Mumbai, you can listen to his interview on TMS and read more on the BBC Sport website.

  115. 0629: 

    On TMS during this interval, they're checking in with Simon Mann who's been following England's men in New Zealand - they begin a three-match Twenty20 international series against the Black Cats in Auckland tomorrow morning - with live commentary on TMS on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio 4 LW.

    After that, keep your ears pinned back for Alison Mitchell's interview with Aussie all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar, while we take a short break...


    Ian Parker ‏on Twitter: "What a way to start the day. waking up to read that England are well on top against the Aussies. Not over yet though."

  117. 0624: 

    So, what's happening in today's other Super Six games, I hear you ask? Elsewhere in Mumbai, New Zealand have bowled Sri Lanka out for 103 with eight overs to spare, thanks to four wickets from Lea Tahuhu. Meanwhile, in Cuttack, South Africa are 194-6 after 45 overs after electing to bat first against West Indies, who have already used eight different bowlers.


    Michael Blighe ‏on Twitter: "Fantastic bowling performance there! But there's still the little matter of batting. Not a win yet, but close!"


    England bowler Anya Shrubsole: "We knew there were some big wickets in that top order and I was really pleased to get them but most importantly it was a really good team performance to keep them to 147. It's a good pitch so we've just got to bat positively and hopefully chase those runs down."

  120. 0621: 

    As Alison Mitchell points out on TMS, England are looking for their first World Cup win over Australia since 1993 - having lost to the Southern Stars in 2009 (Super Six, though England had already qualified for the final by then), 2005 (semi-final), 2000 and 1997, although there was also a no-result in the group stage in 2005.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "There are more spectators than I expected gathered at the CCI. The locals mainly gather around the commentary boxes at the Church Gate End. Most seem to be backing England, but all Aussie boundaries are cheered."

  122. 0619: 

    So, Australia all out for 147. A very good score in snooker, but not quite as impressive in one-day international terms. What do you think? Email, text or tweet us via #bbccricket to let us know.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Katherine Brunt wraps things up, and not before time. England must be firm favourites to win this game."

  124. 44.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Ferling c Shrubsole b Brunt 4 (Aus 147 all out)

    Every run here is a bonus for Australia as Hunter steers Brunt for a single, but then Ferling holes out at mid-on to end the innings.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "With her long wavy hair, Holly Ferling reminds me a bit of Daryl Hannah in the film 'Splash' - an 80s classic. Though obviously she's not a mermaid. She has legs, and pads."

  126. 44 overs: 
    Aus 146-9

    Hunter will look to swing the bat against Brindle - an easier feat against the medium-pacer than it will be against Brunt - and she whacks a four through the covers before guiding a single to the cover sweeper. Ferling's first runs in international cricket come with an inside-out four over extra cover. A nice way to open your account.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I find it surprising that Brunt has only just come back, not having bowled since her opening spell. If I were Charlotte Edwards, I'd have wanted to knock Australia over 20 runs ago."

  128. 43 overs: 
    Aus 137-9

    Katherine Brunt returns to the attack as England look to wrap up the innings, somewhat surprisingly Hunter is still batting in a cap, she adds a single to bring Ferling on strike for the first time. The number 11 plays and misses, then sways away from a bouncer.

  129. 42 overs: 
    Aus 136-9

    Teenage seam bowler Holly Ferling, who's in the side for the ill Ellyse Perry, is Australia's number 11. Ferling, who has the longest ponytail I've seen from any player in this tournament (almost totally covering the name and number on her shirt), only made her ODI debut a week ago against Pakistan and is yet to register a run in international cricket. But she's not facing as they ran on the catch - Hunter knocks the last ball for a single.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "If the playing conditions are the same as the group stage, if the last wicket falls in the next six minutes, there will be a 10-minute interval and England will have to come out and bat for a while."

  131. 41.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Schutt c Knight b Brindle 2 (Aus 135-9)

    England still have four overs of Brunt up their sleeve, but it looks like she'll bowl from her original end as it's Arran Brindle returning for her third spell. Schutt tries to go long, but skies it and it's an easy catch for Heather Knight at orthodox mid-on.

  132. 41 overs: 
    Aus 135-8

    Colvin begins her last over, Hunter adds a two and a single as she tries to hit down the ground, Schutt knocks a single to mid-on and Colvin's figures are dented slightly (by her very high standards) as she finishes with 10-2-19-2.

  133. 40 overs: 
    Aus 131-8

    Shrubsole begins her last over, the last two wickets would give her a five-for... Ebony on TMS thinks she should be bowling yorkers here, firing it in at the Aussie tail-enders' toes. "They miss, you hit, so keep it on the stumps," urges ERB. The dark-haired right-hander Schutt is off the mark with a single to mid-on, Hunter moves to five with a single, and Shutt leaves the last ball which just whistles past the stumps. Shrubsole finishes with figures of 10-2-24-3, and the Aussies have only added 18 runs in the last 10 overs. So much for powerplays...

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England have an excellent opportunity today, not only to win the game, but also to drastically improve their net run rate. This has been a real team effort by them in the field."

  135. 39 overs: 
    Aus 128-8

    Megan Schutt is the new batter, she plays out a wicket maiden from the miserly Colvin, who has an excellent 2-15 from nine overs.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "There's not much the Aussies really can do from here, other than swing the bat for the last few overs. I've seen Anya Shrubsole for a number of years coming through the system, she's backed up Brunt and forced this situation where the Aussies could be bowled out for 150 or less."

  137. 38.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Coyte c Shrubsole b Colvin 44 (Aus 128-8)

    It looks like Colvin's going to bowl her overs straight through... and Coyte, trying to force the pace, hoists a catch to mid-on.

  138. 38 overs: 
    Aus 128-7

    England turn back to Anya Shrubsole, who did the damage early on and has two overs remaining. Coyte, now the top scorer in the innings, moves to 44 with a single, Hunter plays and misses, then can't pierce the infield - so just that one run from the over. Coyte has 44 from 79, though Hunter has used up 19 balls to score three.

  139. 37 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 127-7

    Colvin begins her eighth over, Coyte steers a single and Hunter aims a village-style hoick in the direction of cow corner but can't connect cleanly and the ball dribbles out into the leg side. Next ball, she's beaten and Sarah Taylor whips the bails off, appealing for a stumping - it goes to the third ump, it's close as she's on the line... the line belongs to the fielding side... but it's not out. Must have been very, very close. Another excellent, tight over from Colvin.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "We were told Ellyse Perry had a stomach bug, but the way she was crying before the game, she looked absolutely distraught as if she's been ruled out of the whole tournament. And you'd think if it were a stomach bug, you'd have known about it last night."

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I'm surprised Charlotte Edwards hasn't brought back either of her opening bowlers. I'm sure she wants to save them, but if Australia still have wickets in hand, they'll go for it in the last 10 overs anyway. At the current run rate, they'll get to about 175, and England can't afford to be complacent chasing a score like that."

  142. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Aus 126-7

    With Australia having left it as late as possible, the umpire signals the batting powerplay, but it's still Brindle bowling her loopy inswingers, and Coyte cracks a four through the covers and guides a single to Heather Knight coming in off the long-on boundary. Two more singles added, before the Brabourne Stadium golf buggy chugs on to signal a drinks break.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Lydia Greenway looks like she's in the game every ball at extra cover, in terms of getting a catch."

  144. 35 overs: 
    Aus 119-7

    Hunter hoists Colvin over cover, but it falls safely between two fielders and they scamper a single. Coyte rotates the strike, Hunter plays and misses at one that turns sharply outside off stump, two runs from the over and Colvin has 1-14 from seven overs.

  145. 34 overs: 
    Aus 117-7

    Coyte moves to 35 with a single, Brindle's medium pace keeps it tight against Hunter, who's off the mark when she clubs a full toss to deep backward square leg.

  146. 33 overs: 
    Aus 115-7

    Julie Hunter is the new batter, and is the first Aussie to eschew a helmet in favour of a canary yellow/Australian gold (delete as applicable) cap.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "That was the softest of soft dismissals. Greenway caught that hands up, Oz-style - and Oz style is now 115-7."

  148. 32.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Osborne c Greenway b Colvin 0 (Aus 115-7)

    Despite Mark Butcher's call for another burst from Katherine Brunt, England keep faith with Holly Colvin's left-arm spin, Coyte rotates the strike with a single... and Osborne perishes for a duck after poking an easy catch to short extra cover. Anyone remember the Aussie Channel 9 cartoon duck?

  149. 32 overs: 
    Aus 114-6

    Erin Osborne is the new batter at number eight, she averages 25 with the bat in ODIs but is content to see out five balls as Brindle completes a maiden over.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Now England should throw the ball to Brunt. Give her two overs and see if she can wrap things up."

  151. 31.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Sthalekar b Brindle 41 (Aus 114-6)

    Finally England break the deadlock as the recalled Arran Brindle gets one to drift in, Sthaleker attempts one of those big expansive drives Butch just mentioned, and is bowled! That was three short of the record Aussie partnership for the sixth wicket in ODIs (85), still held by Alex Blackwell and Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "They've played a lot of little tip-and-run singles here. The one thing you can't do when the ball is swinging is to play expansive drives, so they've just looked to bunt the ball into the gaps."

  153. 31 overs: 
    Aus 114-5

    Sthalekar pushes Colvin for a quick single to the dangerous Greenway at extra cover, she only had one stump to aim at and it would have been tight if the ball had hit the stumps. But that's the only run from a tight Colvin over.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Marsh is getting the ball to turn, so her line needs to be further outside off stump - that was too straight."

  155. 30 overs: 
    Aus 113-5

    A well-timed, fierce sweep shot brings Coyte a four against Marsh, before a more gentle single past mid-wicket. Sthalekar drills a single to the cover sweeper, and Coyte goes aerial, pulling a four over square leg - she has 33 from 62 balls. How England could do with a wicket.

  156. 29 overs: 
    Aus 103-5

    Colvin skips in for her fourth over, Sthalekar moves to 39 with a single, and Coyte guides a single to long-on - she has 24.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "In the last World Cup, Laura Marsh was the leading wicket-taker [with 16 in six games] and has been one of England's greatest bowlers in the last few years - England need her and Holly to put the squeeze on Australia."

  158. 28 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 101-5

    Marsh, bowling from the Church Gate End, appeals for lbw as Coyte tries to flick her through the leg side, but the umpire's not interested. Two singles from the over, Australia are into three figures and Marsh has 0-11 from three overs.

  159. 27 overs: 
    Aus 99-5

    Sthalekar pushes Colvin for a quick single into the covers, She has 37, while Coyte helps the last ball for one to move to 22.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "If this pair can get a hundred partnership, they could take the score towards 200 - I still think England could knock the runs off, but you don't want to give them a sniff."

  161. 26 overs: 
    Aus 97-5

    Coyte guides Marsh for a single, and I wonder whether that dropped catch back in the 19th over may be preying on England's minds as the reprieved Sthalekar drills a two through the covers, while the off-spinner then serves up a full toss which Sthalekar fiercely pulls for four between two fielders on the legside fence.

  162. 25 overs: 
    Aus 89-5

    Colvin rattles through an over, two singles from it.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    On Twitter: "Agree with Prakash. A Brunt blast for two overs was worth a whirl rather than immediately turning to spin. Very predictable bowling rotation."

  164. 24 overs: 
    Aus 87-5

    It's spin from both ends as off-spinner and BBC Sport columnist Laura Marsh begins her spell - six dot balls and a legside wide from the over means Australia are on 87, a score which they consider unlucky...

    You can read Laura's latest thoughts on the tournament on the BBC Sport website, including how Arran Brindle's young son Harry loves to "Dilscoop" Katherine Brunt when they're playing corridor cricket in the hotel...

  165. 23 overs: 
    Aus 86-5

    England turn to the left-arm spin of Holly Colvin, who was an unsung heroine against India with an excellent spell of 0-29 from her 10 overs. Sthalekar and Coyte plunder two singles each from the over.

    Mel Jones, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England will know Australia bat quite low down, considering Julie Hunter is coming in down at nine."

  167. 22 overs: 
    Aus 82-5

    The increasingly fluent Sthalekar threads a four through the covers, three more singles added from Brindle's over, that's the fifty partnership from only 58 balls. No sign of spin just yet - or is it time for another quick burst of Brunt?

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I hope England don't regret dropping Sthalekar on 11, as she could be potentially dangerous - with the conditions clearing up, it's almost like a different game."

  169. 21 overs: 
    Aus 75-5

    Gunn sends down a slightly ragged over, there's a wide, a ball going for five wides and a square-driven four by Sthalekar which beats Greenwy's dive at backward point. A single takes the right-hander, who was born in India, to 20.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    On Twitter: "Shrubsole set up of Cameron was elite bowling. 1st ball; back of a length. 2nd: leg cutter play & miss. 3rd: inswinger. Poles everywhere. Opening spell on commentary - Prakash Wakankar: 3 wickets. Then me: 2 wickets. Alison Mitchell has failed to get one and dropped a catch."

  171. 20 overs: 
    Aus 64-5

    Coyte and Sthalekar help themselves to ones and twos against Brindle - they've doubled the score from when they came together at 32-5.

    Mel Jones, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "The England team are reading this pretty well, Lisa Sthalekar is looking for these 'drops and runs' but they're making sure they're in tight on these singles."

  173. 19 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 60-5

    Sthalektar cuts Gunn to Lydia Greenway at point - "999 times out of 1000, she'd take that," notes Mel Jones on TMS - but Greenway can't held on. The Aussie sixth-wicket pair are quickly between the wickets, although they benefit from an overthrow when Sthalekar goes for a quick single, is sent back, Greenway's throw is not backed up and they run one. Coyte moves to 15 with a single.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport

    "In today's other Super Six matches, Sri Lanka are 37-4 after 17 overs against New Zealand and South Africa are 57-1 after 20 against West Indies. The Sri Lankans, Kiwis and Windies all took two points through the Super Sixes, but the Proteas did not carry through any."

  175. 18 overs: 
    Aus 58-5

    Shrubsole takes a rest with excellent figures of 3-20 from eight overs, it's time for the medium pace of Arran Brindle who took three wickets for no runs against West Indies. Sthalekar and Coyte help themselves to three singles - Coyte is already up to 14, Sthalekar has 11.


    England batter Susie Rowe on Twitter: "Good & fair points raised by Mark Butcher about the pitch and the dewy conditions... can't take anything away from our bowling though!"

  177. 17 overs: 
    Aus 55-5

    Play resumes with Sarah Coyte facing Gunn. Coyte has two cricketing brothers - her twin brother Adam, and their elder brother Scott, who have both played for New South Wales. Gunn manages five dot balls before Coyte waits to late-cut the last ball past the tumbling Shrubsole at third man for four.

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    On Twitter: "Wonderful bowling from Brunt & Shrubsole, however, 9am starts are making the advantage too great for sides bowling first."

    Mel Jones, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Australia have had a few problems at this tournament, like cockroaches in their hotel in Cuttack, but the best thing they can do here is to 'control the controllables' and not worry about things they can't control."

  180. 16 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 51-5

    Shrubsole races in for her seventh over, but strays with her line - which she's not done often today - as Coyte drills a ball on middle and leg through mid-wicket for four. A single brings Sthalekar on strike, then Shrubsole raises her arms in frustration as Sthalekar leg-glances one past the keeper for four - it's signalled as leg byes. England have earned a drink.

    Mel Jones, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I wasn't expecting this. I was certainly expecting early wickets, regardless of who wins the toss as we've seen this early movement in Mumbai, but to be 42-5 is a very big hole for Australia to be in."

  182. 15 overs: 
    Aus 42-5

    While Alison Mitchell admits to being a "goal-hanger" in hockey - she and Ebony went to watch Mumbai Magicians take on Ranchi Rhinos last night at a hockey ground right next to the Wankhede Stadium - Gunn keeps it tight against Sthalekar, the only blemish on the over being a wide.

    And if you're just waking up, you've missed a cracking first hour, and just for once I've not mistyped the score - Australia are forty-two for five.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport

    "He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right, that Mitchell Johnson... is actually bowling rather well today. The Australia left-armer has taken three wickets to help reduce the West Indies to a hopeless 24-4 in the 12th over of the fourth one-day international in Sydney. The Windies, already 3-0 down in the series are without the injured Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Kemar Roach."

  184. 14 overs: 
    Aus 41-5

    Stahlekar cuts Shrubsole down to third man, Arran Brindle puts in the full-length dive but can't stop the ball trickling onto the boundary rope. A single takes her to nine, Coyte digs out a yorker.


    Victoria Monk-Steel on Twitter: "Great start by England, guess I'm not getting any sleep before work."

    Tweet us via #bbccricket to join in the fun today

  186. 13 overs: 
    Aus 36-5

    Sarah Coyte is in at number seven for Australia, another right-hander and she's off the mark by whipping a loose delivery through mid-wicket for four. But what a first hour it's been for England. If you've not got up for this... shame on you!

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Australia will be cringing here. This is what England would have prayed for."

  188. 12.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Fields c Greenway b Gunn 3 (Aus 32-5)

    "Come on Jen," is the cry around the field as the medium-fast Jenny Gunn replaces Brunt and her second ball induces Fields to slice a catch to Lydia Greenway at backward point!

  189. 12 overs: 
    Aus 32-4

    Sthalekar rotates the strike with a leg bye, Sarah Taylor is standing up to the stumps to keep Fields in her crease, and the Aussie skipper is lucky not to be bowled as Shrubsole sends down a beaut of a delivery past the outside edge. After a single off the last ball, Shrubsole has 3-10 from six. But how long do England stick with their opening bowlers?


    Former England captain and ECB head of women's cricket Clare Connor ‏on Twitter: "Best opening spell I've seen from two England bowlers - under pressure, when it counts."

  191. 11 overs: 
    Aus 30-4

    Sthalekar and Fields manage a single apiece off Brunt's sixth over as the Aussies look to rebuild after that nightmare start.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "When you've got a guy bowling a nagging line and length at the other end to someone whistling it past your ears, you pick up a few wickets as the batsman takes more risks. I remember a young Martin Bicknell bowling at the other end to Sylvester Clarke. Or Cardigan Connor, with Malcolm Marshall at Hampshire. And there's definitely a case of that with Shrubsole and Brunt."

    Charles Dagnall also remembers the blond flowing locks of P-J Bakker at Hampshire... that takes me back!

  193. 10 overs: 
    Aus 28-4

    Aussie skipper Jodie Fields is in at six, she would have been disappointed even to have strapped her pads on in the first 10 overs, let alone having to walk out and bat. She's off the mark with a single, Shrubsole has 3-9 from five overs.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "This could easily have been England, they could be 27-4 with the ball zipping around. These are probably the two best sides in the tournament and you want to see them under more even conditions. But I'm delighted for England."

  195. 9.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Lanning c Taylor b Shrubsole 17 (Aus 27-4)

    Single from Sthalekar, then England have the wicket they wanted as Lanning plays forward to Shrubsole and edges to the keeper!

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I'm not happy with these 9am starts, as I think they weight the game too heavily in favour of the team that wins the toss. Why we can't start at 10am, I've no idea."

  197. 9 overs: 
    Aus 26-3

    Lanning opens the face to force Brunt for a four wide of gully, but the Barnsley pace bowler hits back straight away as Lanning goes for a big drive and the ball whistles past the edge. A wider delivery is cut just past gully again and sails away to the boundary before Shrubsole can cut it off at third man.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "Last night, predictions were being made about what might be the first-innings score on this good CCI wicket. No one said less than 240, except me, who confidently called that England would win the toss, Brunt and Shrubsole would do early damage and Australia would be rolled for 173. Still plenty of time to be proved wrong, though."

  199. 8 overs: 
    Aus 18-3

    Charles Dagnall replaces Prakash on TMS commentary duty ("though I'd I'd been captain, I wouldn't have taken Prakash off after all those wickets", he admits) - you can read Daggers' thoughts about the tournament so far on the BBC Sport website, including why he's a big fan of Katherine Brunt. Lanning moves to nine with a single, Sthalekar is off the mark with a two.

    Mark Butcher, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "You've got two bowlers swinging the ball here absolutely beautifully. That's bowling of the highest skill, I've seen far more experienced bowlers struggle to take advantage in conditions like this."

  201. 7 overs: 
    Aus 15-3

    Lisa Sthalekar is the new batter, she's beaten by the last ball of Brunt's over, swishing outside off stump, and England have their boot on the Australian jugular after that run of three wickets in nine balls.

  202. 6.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Blackwell c Taylor b Brunt 4 (Aus 15-3)

    Lanning steers a single, Brunt fires one down the leg side which Blackwell helps away for four, but the experienced right-hander perishes when she nicks one behind to Sarah Taylor. Brunt, and England, are cock-a-hoop.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I've just seen a replay of the Cameron wicket, You've got no hope as a batter when the ball moves in like that."


    RightJudgelam on Twitter: "Eng women sure to win, crucial toss to win if they keep it tight, Mark Miwordz."

  205. 6 overs: 
    Aus 10-2

    Alex Blackwell is the new batter, defending the last ball of Shrubsole's double-wicket maiden, her second of the tournament. The Somerset youngster has figures of 2-4 from three overs.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Take nothing away from Shrubsole's effort, but the pressure exerted by Katherine Brunt at the other end has been important. It's a dream start for England."

  207. 5.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Cameron b Shrubsole 0 (Aus 10-2)

    Shrubsole knocks Jess Cameron's middle stump out of the ground with her third delivery!

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "You can tell how much that wicket meant to Shrubsole. Jess Cameron is in next, England will hope to get through one or two more here."

  209. 5.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Haynes c and b Shrubsole 2 (Aus 10-1)

    Haynes is nearly run out as she is sent back attempting a suicidal single, but then pops an easy return catch to Shrubsole next ball.


    Terry Mahoney on Twitter: "Early start here in Romania whose national team beat Australia at football the other night, let's make it a good week all round!"

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I almost think Haynes may be the one that Brunt can get here. It's good to see her running in 100% today after going off injured during the West Indies game."

  212. 5 overs: 
    Aus 10-0

    Lanning edges a single past second slip, then Brunt raps Haynes on the pad, stifling an appeal, the left-hander doesn't look too confident but doubles her score with a single. Brunt has a long char with the umpire at the end of the over.


    From Charlie Watson in Durham, TMS inbox: "I have great confidence in this England side. It is really exciting to see such a strong national team in what is really still very much an emerging sport in terms of followers. If we continue in the same vein of form, then there is no reason why they can't be household names alongside our flagship men's side. Come on, girls!"

  214. 4 overs: 
    Aus 8-0

    Somerset seamer Shrubsole keeps it tight against the left-handed Haynes, and is rewarded with a maiden over.

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "If you look like Sarah Taylor or Charlotte Edwards, they like to hit the ball through mid-off or mid-on, while the Australians tend to open the face more often."

  216. 3 overs: 
    Aus 8-0

    Haynes and Lanning add a single apiece against the hostile Brunt, who has eight wickets from her first three games, while a leg bye pushes the score along.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Make no mistake, this is a seriously competitive game. I wonder whether the people here in Mumbai know more about the tournament now that they've seen all the headlines about India being knocked out."

  218. 2 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 5-0

    Anya Shrubsole takes the second over, the Somerset seamer swings her first ball into Lanning's pads, there's a big appeal... but the umpire shakes his head, it looks like it hit her outside the line of off stump. Lanning gets a bit of bat on the next one, but there's some devastating movement so far today. Lanning steers a four through the covers, but the Aussies will be happy just to survive these early stages.


    Simon Wiles ‏on Twitter: "I can almost hear Katherine Brunt's Fred Trueman impression: 'that were too good for thee lass'..."

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    Here are the teams, by the way:

    England: Charlotte Edwards (capt), Danielle Wyatt, Sarah Taylor (wk), Lydia Greenway, Arran Brindle, Heather Knight, Jenny Gunn, Katherine Brunt, Laura Marsh, Holly Colvin, Anya Shrubsole.

    Australia: Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, Jess Cameron, Alex Blackwell, Lisa Sthalekar, Jodie Fields (capt & wk), Sarah Coyte, Erin Osborne, Holly Ferling, Julie Hunter, Megan Schutt.

  221. 1 over: 
    Aus 1-0

    Brunt has two slips in for the right-handed Lanning, there's a hint of away swing right from the first delivery, and Lanning is well beaten by the third delivery which shapes in and moves past the outside edge. Lanning - whose last 10 ODI scores were 45, 128, 11, 87, 72, 103, 38, 17, 12 and 112 - is off the mark with a single to fine leg, bringing the left-handed Haynes on strike, she's immediately driving at thin air as Brunt swings one back into her - an excellent first over.

  222. 0329: 

    Australia's openers walk out - Meg Lanning, who I tipped as a player to watch in our tournament guide because of her red-hot form with the bat, is joined by Rachael Haynes. Katherine Brunt is armed with the new ball for England, bring it on!


    Will Heyes on Twitter: "Really looking forward to this exciting England side. I think they have what it takes to go all the way."

  224. 0325: 

    Anyway, there should be nothing like an England-Australia clash to get you all going - so we want to hear from you today, you can email tms@bbc.co.uk (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line), text 81111 if you're in the UK, or tweet us via #bbccricket - thanks in advance.

  225. 0323: 

    So, an England win today would certainly put the cat among the pigeons points-wise, while a win for Australia would give them a sizeable leg up in the race for the final. Only the top two of the Super Six make the final - there aren't any semi-finals.

    Stephan Shemilt, BBC Sport in Mumbai

    "England will be pleased to have won the toss, but it's a very sunny morning in Mumbai. Any advantage of fielding first may not be as great today. The bigger boost will be the absence of Perry."

    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Perry is a great bowler, so England will feel very happy as Australia will know they're missing one of their key players. Charlotte Edwards mentioned in an interview that she saw the players' heads drop after she lost the toss in a previous game - the tournament's not gone 100% they way they've planned, so seeing the toss going against you makes you nervous, and so that's how Australia may feel."

    Charles Dagnall, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Interesting news, as all the talk before the match was about Ellyse Perry. Australia have been over in Cuttack in Group B, so we've not seen much of them so far in the tournament."

  229. 0318: 

    England are unchanged, while big news from the Australia camp is that fast bowler Ellyse Perry - the dual international who's also represented Australia at full international level in football - is not playing because of an upset stomach.

  230. 0314: 

    England have won the toss (for the first time in the tournament) and invited Australia to field first.

  231. 0310: 

    A word on how the Super SIxes work - each team carries through points from the results they achieved against the other two qualifiers from their original group. So, only Australia take four points through (from wins over NZ and SA) - England, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and West Indies take two points through, while South Africa take none through. And each team now plays the three qualifiers from the other group.

  232. 0305: 

    Morning, everyone - and stand by your beds, as the Women's World Cup has reached the Super Six phase. We've a tasty morsel for you as the main course today - it's England v Australia, always an exciting game whatever the sport, but a chance here for England's women to avenge their defeat by the Southern Stars in last year's World Twenty20 final.

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