Opener Shefali Verma’s stormy innings and tight bowling from the spinners helped India beat England by eight runs in the second Women’s T20 International on Sunday. In this way, the women’s team leveled the 3-match series at 1-1. Shafali Verma (48 off 38 balls) and Smriti Mandhana (20 off 16 balls) put on 70 runs for the first wicket but India came under pressure as the two slowed down and returned to the pavilion within two runs.
In this way, these three spinners gave only 56 runs in 12 overs and took three wickets. Arundhati Reddy got India off to a good start by dismissing Danny White (3) in his first over. Richa Ghosh gave India a big breakthrough by running out in-form Natalie Sciver (a) on a straight throw. England, however, managed to score 52 runs in the powerplay thanks to Beaumont’s efforts. Beaumont completed his ninth fifty in T20 Internationals off 39 balls.
Deepti Sharma broke his partnership with Knight by getting him out leg before. Knight was run out on the next ball while Sophia Dunkley (four) could not hold on, giving India a chance to come back. Beaumont hit seven fours and Knight hit four fours in his innings. The Indian spinners then tightened the noose and kept the series alive. The third T20 will be played on 14 July in Chelmsford.
Shefali hit a six over deep midwicket off Sophie Ecclestone and then hit five consecutive fours in the next over from Katherine Brunt. India’s score was 47 for no loss after four overs but Shefali could only score one run in the next 11 balls, which helped the team reach 49 runs in the powerplay. Mandhana broke the silence in the eighth over by hitting Sarah Glenn (1 for 32) for a six over mid-off but Freya Davis (1 for 31) in the next over gave a simple catch at cover off a slow delivery.
Heather Knight made frequent changes in the bowling and Shefali could not complete her half-century. He tried to play a big shot by coming ‘across the line’ in the first over of off-spinner Maddie Villiers (one for nine), but Nate Sciver ended his innings by taking a fine catch. Now Harmanpreet was in charge. He showed his intentions by hitting Villiers for a six but Glenn stopped Harmanpreet’s storm before the death overs.
After hitting a six off the first ball, he played a long shot on the next ball as well but Brunt dived at long off and converted it into a catch. India failed to score runs at the pace required in the last four overs. In the meantime, he hit two fours and a six and lost the wicket of Richa Ghosh (eight). Sneh Rana remained unbeaten on eight runs. Sciver took one wicket for 20 runs in four overs.
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