Calm and composed Smriti Mandhana maintained her reputation as one of India’s top match-winners with a stunning 91 that helped India crush England by seven wickets in the opening game of the three-match ODI series. Here in this article, we have discussed India W Vs England W match highlights in detail.
Earlier, Indian bowlers did a fantastic job of limiting England to just 227 for 7 in 50 overs, and Indian hitters then successfully chased down the score with 34 balls to spare.
India W Vs England W match highlights
Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first, and her bowlers proved their skipper’s decision right by dominating the game since the very first hour of the game.
Both of England openers walked back into the pavilion without staying up to the crease for even frist 10 overs.
Alice Capsey and Sophia Dunkley then tried to add some runs on board, but Indian bowlers were on field with different mindset. They didn’t allow them to stay for long as Sneh Rana dismissed Capsey for 19, while Harleen Deol removed Dunkley for 29.
Danielle Wyatt, however, somehow managed to score 43, and at last Davidson Edwards’ knock of unbeaten 50 guide the English side put 227 on board in 20 overs.
For India, the all-rounder Deepti Sharma bagged the maximum wickets (2). While the veteran Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Sneh Rana and Harleen Deol took a wicket each.
Chasing a target of 228, India faced a big blow when Shafali Verma got out in the second over.
But the 96-run partnership between Smriti Mandhana and Yastika Bhatia Brought India back in the game. The wicket keeper batter Yastika played a knock of 50.
After Yastika’s dismissal, the skipper Harmanpreet came on crease and both captain and vice-captain took the team close to target before Mandhana missed her well-deserved century by 9 runs.
But at the time she walked back, India were on comfortable position in the match with 30 to win 75 overs.
Soon, the skipper Harmanpreet (74 off 94) guide India to a convincing seven-wicket victory.
Following the victory, India now leads the three-match series 1-0. The series’ second game will be played on September 23 at Canterbury’s St. Lawrence Ground.