After the debacle in the ODI series, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s women team have delivered brilliantly in the T20I series. Heather Knight-led side has beaten Smriti Mandhana-led Indian team by 5 wickets in the game, which was played at Baraspara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati on Thursday. Danielle Wyatt was the star of the match.
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After a stunning show with the ball, England started their batting also in a similar fashion, courtesy, Danielle Wyatt. The flamboyant batswoman showed her character in the trick chase. She stood till the last run despite wickets being tumbled on the other end.
Beaumont failed to repeat her class while Amy Jones disappointed yet again. Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight also walked back with 1 and 2 runs respectively, which saw Indians making a dramatic comeback into the game.
However, Lauren Winfield played a superb knock of 29 runs, which kept England in the chase. Her valiant knock combined by the stunning unbeaten 65* from Danielle Wyatt helped England to seal the victory by 5 wickets.
For India, Ekta Bisht bowled beautifully, who picked up 2 wickets. Apart from her, Radha Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav chipped in with one wicket each. Danielle Wyatt collected man of the match trophy.
Initially, it was England, who won the toss and asked Indians to bat first. Smriti Mandhana started her innings with a couple of sixes but failed to carry on the show. Rodrigues once again failed to put double digits on the board.
Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma hung in for a while but failed to convert their starts, which denied India putting a good total on the board. Bharati Fulmali played a good 18-run knock but was dismissed when she tried to go for a big hit.
For England, it was Katherine Brunt, who bowled brilliantly to pick three wickets. Smith chipped in with a couple of wickets while Shrubsole and Katie Cross bagged one wicket each.
Key players performance:
In bowling, Brunt and Linsey Smith are the stars for England. The duo shared five wickets and was also economical in their overs. When it comes to the batting department, it was Danielle Wyatt, who takes the honours. She was thoroughly impressive and stood like a warrior to guide her team to victory ropes.
Turning Point of the match:
The spell bowled by Katherine Brunt in the powerplay overs was the turning point of the match. She dismissed India’s best batswoman Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues, which made India go cautiously in their batting. Wyatt’s superb knock is right up there.
Now, both the sides will meet once again in the Third and Final T20I game at the very same stadium on March 9th.