India Vs England Women First ODI Highlights:
- India won by 66 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 3 match series
- Batting first, India made 202 from 49.4 overs before they dismissed England for just 136
- For England, Elwiss, Sciver and Ecclestone picked up two wickets each
India: 202 in 49.4 overs (J Rodrigues 48; S Ecclestone 2/27)
England: 136 in 41 overs (NR Sciver 44)
An underwhelming batting performance by India was salvaged by a superlative all-round display by the bowling unit as they bowled extremely well in unison to deliver a deadly performance, one that dismissed England for 136 runs in 41 overs. Needing 202 to win, after dwindling India from a situation of strength to bowl them out without the hosts playing out their full quota of overs, England failed to get around India’s wrist spinners, losing by a massive 66 runs to give India a 1-0 lead.
Moving on with India Vs England Women First ODI batting first at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India got off to the perfect start with the top order yet again coming up with the goods. Giving the side the perfect foundation, the opening duo put on 69 runs, starting off slowly but eventually opening their arms and showing their intent once settled. From 11 runs after the opening 6 overs, the openers played their expansive set of shots, hitting the boundaries at will to up the ante and take India to a solid position.
However, as we had alluded to in our report preceding the match, spin played a major factor in the game with India crumbling as soon as the English women got on their slower bowlers. A beleaguered showing by the Indians saw them collapse from 69-0 to 95-5. However, it wasn’t without their own doing though with some absolutely nothing shots seeing them hand over wickets to their counterparts.
Ecclestone struck first, sending back Mandhana for 24 who failed to read the length, pulling a ball well under the requisite length to chop the ball back onto her stumps. Sharma departed soon after lofting the ball straight back into the bowler’s hand to incur a slew of wickets that turned the match on its head and brought England right back into the encounter.
From there onwards, Bhatia (25) and the lower order struck out some vital cameos to take India’s total to a healthy and competitive one on a pitch that was deteriorating faster than anticipated. It could have been much more as well for the home side had they not mixed up so badly, communicating in a perplexed manner to see three of their batters run-out towards the end including the set Bhatia and Pandey.
Needing 203 to win, England couldn’t have started off their chase in a worse manner than this with Jones failing to read a delivery that drifted into her by Pandey to be sent back LBW. The pacers bowled well in the opening exchanges, making most of the little help the pitch was offering to the new ball worth Pandey trapping Taylor in front soon after for just 10.
From there on, however, the English side started the process of rebuilding of innings with the fourth wicket stands going past the 50 run mark, albeit slowly but safely to bring England right back into the game. Just when it looked the match was all but snatched away from India, Sciver (44) was run out, and giving India just the breakthrough they needed with the spin duo too much for the lower middle-order of the tourists.
Knight (39) looked on from one end as wickets tumbled at the other, no one giving her the much-needed company as England went onto lose the final 3 wickets for 0 in the same over itself to give India a much needed 1-0 lead in the series.
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