England Women vs India Women 2nd T20I: England women vs India women 2nd t20i scorecard hove shafali verma tammy beaumont
England Women vs India Women 2nd T20
London: Indian women came back strongly in the second T20I on Sunday to beat England by 8 runs to level the series 1-1.
In the second T20 International match played in Hove, England captain Heather Knight won the toss and invited India to bat first. India scored 148 runs in the allotted 20 overs for the loss of 4 wickets. In reply, England team could score only 140 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. With this win, India has leveled the series 1-1 in the three T20 Internationals. The third and final T20 match of the series will be played on Wednesday.
Beaumont’s scintillating half-century
Anrudhati Reddy spoiled the start of England chasing the target of 149 runs. Daniel Yat (3)’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur caught the last ball of the second over of the innings. After this, wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh, performing brilliant fielding, ran out England’s star all-rounder Nate Sever (1).
After scoring 31/2, the Indian team could not put pressure on England. Tammy Beaumont shared a 75-run partnership with Captain Heather Knight for the third wicket. Deepti Sharma broke the partnership by lbw out Beaumont. Tammy scored 59 runs in 50 balls with the help of seven fours. On the very next ball, Deepti made India’s return by running out Heather Knight. Knight scored 30 runs in 28 balls with the help of 4 fours. Even England’s victory seemed certain.
India’s strong comeback
Then India made a strong comeback. Soon, Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma added to England’s troubles by running out Sophia Dunkley (4) in a joint effort. After this, Poonam Yadav got the dangerous Amy Jones (11) caught out by Sneh Rana. Soon Poonam Yadav gave England the seventh blow by getting Catherine Brunt (5) caught by wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh.
Medi Villiers (2) was run out. Sophie Ecclestone (5*) and Sarah Glenn (1) could not score runs in the final as India registered a dramatic win. Poonam Yadav took two wickets for India. Deepti Sharma and Arundhanthi Reddy got one success each.
Shafali’s strong innings, India’s respectable score
Despite the strong innings of India’s young opener Shafali Verma (48), the Indian women’s cricket team could score 148 for four in 20 overs in the second T20 International on Sunday. Shafali (48 off 38 balls) and Smriti Mandhana (20 off 16 balls) put on 70 runs for the first wicket, but India came under pressure as they slowed down between the two and then returned to the pavilion within two runs. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur scored 31 runs with the help of two fours and two sixes. Deepti Sharma remained unbeaten on 24 off 27 balls.
It did not take much time for Shafali to bat in her natural style. He first hit a six off Sophie Ecclestone at deep midwicket and then hit five consecutive fours in the next over from Katherine Brunt. India, invited to bat first after losing the toss, were 47 for no loss after four overs but Shafali could only manage one run in the next 11 balls, taking the team to 49 runs in the powerplay.
Mandhana broke the silence in the eighth over by smashing Sarah Glenn (1 for 32) over midoff for a six, but Freya Davis (1 for 31) in the next over gave a simple catch at cover off a slow delivery.
Heather Knight made frequent changes in the bowling and Shafali could not complete her half-century. He tried to play a big shot by coming ‘across the line’ in the first over of off-spinner Maddie Villiers (one for nine), but Nate Siever ended his innings by taking a fine catch.
Now Harmanpreet was in charge. He showed his intentions by hitting Villiers for a six but Glenn stopped Harmanpreet’s storm before the death overs. After hitting a six on the first ball, he played a long shot on the next ball too but Brunt dived at long off and converted it into a catch.
India failed to score runs at the pace required in the last four overs. In the meantime, he hit two fours and a six and lost the wicket of Richa Ghosh (eight). Sneh Rana remained unbeaten on eight runs. Sciver took one wicket for 20 runs in four overs.
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