Danielle Wyatt’s Century Guides England to Record Win Against India in Third T20I
A stunning century from Danielle Wyatt, on Sunday (March 25), guided England to a record win against India in Mumbai.
The visitors chased down a record target of 199 to secure their second consecutive win of the T20I tri-series.
Chasing a formidable target of 199, England overhauled India’s total with eight balls remaining.
Sent in to bat first, India almost ruined England’s decision. Led by Smriti Mandhana’s (76 off 40) early assault and late onslaught by Harmanpreet Kaur (22-ball 30), and Pooja Vastrakar (10-ball unbeaten 22),
India amassed 198 for four in the allotted 20 overs. It was the second highest total in women’s T20Is.
Mithali Raj and Mandhana gave the hosts a solid start. Mandhana went all out right from the start, taking advantage of the fielding restrictions early on. By the end of the powerplay, Mandhana and Raj had already added 52 runs.
Mandhana and Raj added 129 runs for the first wicket before both of them departed in the space of two overs. India’s innings then looked set to be derailed before cameos from captain Harmanpreet Kaur (30 off 22), and Pooja Vastrakar (22* off 10) helped them post an imposing 198 for four.
The score, however, turned out to be too less in the end due to Wyatt’s stunning batting. The 26-year old never appeared nervous during the big chase, as she started the chase on a good note, striking 13 runs from Jhulan Goswami’s first over.
She raced away to her fifty off just 25 deliveries, the third fastest in women’s T20Is. She was well supported by fellow opener Bryony Smith (15 from 11), Tammy Beaumont (35 from 23) and Natalie Sciver (12no from 9), as she reached triple figures in 51 deliveries. In doing so, she became only the second women cricketer to score two tons in T20Is.
She finally departed after scoring 124 from 64 balls with the help of five maximums and 15 fours.
Brief Scores: India 198/4 in 20 overs (Smriti Mandhana 76, Mithali Raj 53; Tash Farrant 2-32, Natalie Sciver 1-24) lost to England 199/3 in 18.4 overs (Danielle Wyatt 124, Tammy Beaumont 35; Deepti Sharma 2-36, Jhulan Goswami 1-32) by seven wickets.
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