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Agony for England as Australia claim dramatic win

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Australia 147 (Coyte 44, Sthalekar 41, Shrubsole 3-24) beat England 145 (Greenway 49, Ferling 3-35) by two runs
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England slumped to defeat in their opening match of the Super Six, with Australia claiming a two-run win in a dramatic finish in Mumbai.

There were high hopes of victory when Anya Shrubsole (3 for 24), Katherine Brunt (2 for 22), Holly Colvin (2 for 19) and Arran Brindle (2 for 33) fired out Australia for 147.

England lost captain Charlotte Edwards early on to an awful lbw decision and were teetering at 114 for 9. Holly Colvin and Anya Shrubsole came together to take England to the brink of success, but Colvin was caught behind by Fields off Osborne to spark Australian celebrations.

England came up agonisingly short in their second thriller in four games. They had been shocked by Sri Lanka's last pair off the last ball.

Today, their last pair of Colvin and Shrubsole almost beat Australia. Almost. Having added 31 with Shrubsole to take England within three runs of victory, Colvin edged a cut to the wicketkeeper. It would have been a particularly dispiriting end to the game for Shrubsole, who had kept England alive with the bat after having run through the Australia top order in the morning.

England have now lost 14 ODIs on neutral territory to Australia without having beaten them. There wasn't much to choose between the two sides. Australia were 32 for 5 at one stage, England were 38 for 5 as the trio of Megan Schutt, Holly Ferling and Julie Hunter came hard at them.

A battling 49 by Lydia Greenway seemed to have finally set England on their way to victory but her fall with the score on 114 turned the game again. Colvin and Shrubsole almost pulled off an improbable escape. Almost.

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