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Shrubsole puts England in charge

Anya Shrubsole once again led England's attack marvellously as rivals Australia were all out for 147 in their World Cup Super-Sixes clash.

Shrubsole claimed career-best one-day international figures of four for 21 against West Indies in England's last group game and followed that up with three top-order scalps as Australia slumped to 32 for five in Mumbai.

A sixth-wicket partnership of 82 between Lisa Sthalekar (41) and Sarah Coyte (44) boosted Australia's total, but Arran Brindle and Holly Colvin took two wickets apiece to help see off the lower order.

After bowling out the Windies for a meagre 101, England's bowlers were understandably confident heading into today and they would have been given a further boost when Australia were put into bat on a damp surface.

Shrubsole (three for 24) ensured they made an excellent start, catching Rachael Haynes off her own bowling in the sixth over before uprooting Jess Cameron's middle stump three balls later.

Alex Blackwell was caught behind off Katherine Brunt, with opener Meg Lanning departing in the same fashion to Shrubsole for 17 and by the time captain Jodie Fields had struck to point off Jenny Gunn, Australia were in deep trouble.

However, as against the Windies, England were held up by a stubborn middle-order partnership, with Sthalekar and Coyte rebuilding cautiously.

Brindle's re-introduction to the attack paid dividends as she bowled Sthalekar first ball, while Coyte could not go on to make a bigger score after being caught at mid-on off Colvin.

Australia's lower order subsided - despite some brief resistance led by Julie Hunter (16 not out) - as they were all out in the 45th over.