India Vs England Women Second ODI match highlights:
- India defeated England by 7 wickets to take an unassailable, 2-0 lead in the series
- Bowling first, India bowled out England for 161 before reaching the target in 41.1 overs
- With the series win, India have pocketed two points in the ICC Women Series
The Indian women for the second match running dominated and decimated their counterparts at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3 match ODI series. Clinical with both the bat and ball, the hosts won comprehensively by 7 wickets, chasing down the 162 run target set to them in 41.1 overs to pocket 2 points in the ICC Women Series, to further solidify their third spot in the table and sit on the verge of direct qualification for the 2021 ODI World Cup to be contested in New Zealand.
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Coming back to India Vs England Women Second ODI, bowling first on a pitch that was always going to deteriorate fast and quickly, the Indian team knew that they would have to pick up wickets quickly if they were to face the prospects of chasing a low total. Pandey went about doing just that, with her rampant line and length causing the ball to deviate, moving in the air to nip back into the batters to send England’s top order packing cheaply.Jones was the first to fall to the pacer for just 3 runs in the second over itself, causing a barrage of wickets to tumble. England’s top-order looked to be in a hurry to continue with their breakfast, as the pacers emanated a terrific performance, leaving the tourists in shambles. Taylor(1), Knight(2) departed in double quick time, leaving England staring down the barrel at 14-3 and once Pandey had her second in Beaumont, the only batswoman who had put on a defiant fight of 20, England found itself on 44-4, looking well set to fold out even before the 100 run mark.
With the pacers wreaking havoc to mull England with an outright decisive performance, what the visitors did well though was to keep out the spin threat from India. Sciver and Winfield helped pick up the pieces for England, papering over the cracks with a 49 run stand that saw them resurrect the innings and restore some kind of meaning to the batting effort.
Winfield’s resistance finally came to an end at 28 runs as she found Mandhana off Yadav, giving the Indian spinners their first wicket of the day. Pandey, who was India’s best performer on the day, picked up two in her final over to reduce England to 95-7.Sciver was determined on the other end though to put in a gutsy performance and despite wickets falling at the other end, she continued to wage a lone battle, scoring an impressive 85 to take England to a fighting total of 161. It was an innings that saw her add not only crucial runs with the tail but more so take the onus on herself to keep the strike, protecting the last wickets perfectly to help her side add on an extra 20 runs. She added 42 runs with Hartley for the last wicket to ensure that the visitors crossed the 150-run mark.
India went about the chase in an extremely asserting fashion, playing slowly but steadily, never looking to take needless risks in a relatively small run chase. The top-order, aware that the middle-order was shaky at best, ensured that they completed the task themselves with Mandhana and Raut slow in patches, knowing they could afford to be careful in their approach putting on a 73 run stand for the opening wicket.
The foundation set by the opening pair was capitalized on by Mandana and Raj whose 66 run stand ensured India faced on hurdles on their way to their second win on the bounce. Mandhana reached her fifty, eventually departing for 63 but the job was done and India reached home in no time afterward.