It has been a brilliant day for Indian Women Cricket Team at Wankhede, who outsmarted England team in all sections of the game. They displayed their top-class skills to dismantle the world champions before securing a brilliant 66-run victory. It helped India to go 1-0 up in the 3-match ODI series.
Initially, it was England women, who won the toss and chose to bowl first. Though they haven’t got the early breakthrough, they were pretty smart in bowling difficult lines to the batswomen. After adding 69 runs for the first wicket in 15 overs, Mandhana was cleaned up by George Elwiss.
Deepthi Sharma, who walked in at number 3 for the team, also walked back in quick succession. She was quickly followed by Jemimah Rodrigues, Harleen Deol and Mona Mesharam, which saw scorecard read 95/5 on the board.
However, the experienced Mithali Raj played a brilliant hand to score 44 runs, who was well supported by Taniya Bhatia (25). Jhulan Goswami also joined the party with a super 30-run knock, which helped India put a decent total on the board.
For England, Elwiss, Sciver and Eccelstone picked up 2 wickets each while Shrubsole picked up one wicket.
In reply to India’s 202, both the openers and the number 3 batswoman Sarah Taylor walked back in quick succession to see scoreboard read 38/3. However, the skipper Heather Knight and N Sciver stitched 73-run partnership for the fourth wicket to balance the ship.
But, then the wicket of Sciver completely changed the scheme of things. Ekta Bisht rattled the rest of the batting lineup to bag 4 wickets in her kitty. She was equally supported by Shikha and Deepthi, who chipped in with 2 wickets. From 111/4 to England women were bundled out for 136 runs.
India – 202/10 (Rodrigues 48, Mithali Raj 44; Eccelstone 2/27)
England – 136/10 (Sciver 44, Heather Knight 39*; Ekta Bisht 4/25)