India girls 202 (Rodrigues 48, Raj 44, Goswami 30, Ecclestone 2-27, Sciver 2-29) beat England girls 136 (Sciver 44, Knight 39, Bisht Four-25, Pandey 2-33, Deepti 2-33) by 66 runs
Heather Knight, England’s captain, had talked up their squad depth forward of the ODI sequence in opposition to India, however the facet faltered within the first bout on the face of some excellent bowling by India’s pacers and Ekta Bisht. The left-arm spinner picked up 4 wickets in the midst of a collapse – England misplaced seven wickets for 25 runs – as India took a 1-Zero lead with an emphatic 66-run win whereas defending 202 at Wankhede Stadium.
Put in to bat, India began slowly and set themselves up with a 69-run opening stand between Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues, earlier than they slid to 95 for five. Mithali Raj, batting at No. Four, shored up the inexperienced center order with a 74-ball 44. The ultimate kick got here courtesy Jhulan Goswami’s 37-ball 30 to offer India’s bowlers one thing to defend.
In reply, England could not actually get off the blocks and stored dropping wickets. It began with Shikha Pandey trapping Amy Jones plumb with a nip-backer in her first over. Sarah Taylor, coming back from an anxiety-related subject that pressured her out of the World T20, scratched round to make a 21-ball 10 earlier than falling to an outstanding inswinger from Pandey. With no DRS in place, England have been a tad unfortunate as replays indicated the swing might have taken it down leg.
Deepti Sharma chipped in with Tammy Beaumont’s wicket earlier than the restore work took place via a 73-run fourth-wicket stand between Knight and Natalie Sciver.
The pair acquired a reprieve every alongside the best way, denying Poonam Yadav a wicket within the first and the final ball of the 25th over. Knight, on 22, mistimed a pull off Poonam to midwicket, the place Bisht caught her left hand out however was unable to cling on. Sciver, in the meantime, flashed onerous at a legbreak that flew previous wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia.
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Bisht, nevertheless, made up for the lapse with an outstanding effort off her personal bowling within the 31st over. Knight’s vanguard went over to Bisht quite innocuously, however with Scriver having backed up too far down the pitch, Bisht had sufficient time to gather it and run the non-striker out with a back-hand flip. This proved to be an enormous second within the recreation. With England needing 90 off 18 overs with six wickets in hand, Bisht took centre stage by finishing a triple-wicket over within the 41st to cap off a collapse.
“The full was completely chaseable,” Knight stated after the sport. “We bowled properly, however have been unfortunate to not take extra wickets up entrance. However we have been more than pleased with 200 to chase. It was sticky, it turned, however as soon as you bought to play 15-20 balls it turned simpler to play pictures. The primary 10-15 balls have been the important thing. I do not suppose we performed it significantly properly immediately. The pitch began to show and deteriorated too. There was inconsistent spin as properly which makes it more durable.”
Earlier, India’s middle-order woes resurfaced, albeit not as telling in method as within the T20Is in New Zealand. It is maybe with the information that the center order, particularly with Harmanpreet Kaur lacking, is a tad brittle that their openers began cautiously, with the primary six overs producing simply 11.
These weren’t with out drama, although. There was some raucous lbw appeals from the skilled tempo pair of Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole. Rodrigues minimize free within the eighth over, flicking Shrubsole for 2 wristy fours. She countered the early motion deftly, selecting the gaps for fast singles and eight well-timed fours in complete.
Mandhana, nevertheless, did not look her fluent greatest, crushed at the very least thrice by Shrubsole, earlier than chopping on whereas trying to drag Georgia Elwiss within the 16th over. Coming in at No. three, Deepti turned the primary of left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone’s two victims because of some top-notch glovework from Taylor.
Ecclestone, the main wicket-taker within the ODI sequence in opposition to India final yr, denied Rodrigues a half-century as she popped up a return catch with a high edge. Harleen Deol, the batting allrounder who changed the injured Harmanpreet, made an eight-ball two on her worldwide debut.
One ball later, Mona Meshram, who had sat out all six matches throughout codecs through the tour of New Zealand, was adjudged lbw, though the inswinger appeared to have struck her barely excessive on the knee-roll. Due to Sciver’s double-strike, India had misplaced half their facet for 95 inside 22 overs. Meshram’s dismissal capped a 42-ball body throughout which India misplaced 5 wickets for 26 runs.
Raj, in the meantime, held up one finish and cast a 54-run stand with Bhatia, whose 41-ball 25 helped India inch nearer to 150. However after Raj fell within the 42nd over, it was largely all the way down to useful cameos from Pandey and, particularly, Goswami that India went previous 200. Goswami adopted a six and a 4 with a brace earlier than holing out with two balls remaining. By then, she had achieved sufficient to offer England a superb run for his or her cash.