India Women vs England Women, 3rd T20I Highlights: Wyatt powers England to eight-wicket win, England takes series 10-6

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Danni Wyatt and Nat Sciver's 100-run (so far) stand for the second wicket powers England as it chases 154 for a series win against India in Chelmsford.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Hello and welcome to the highlights of the final game of the multi-format series between England and India. This is Lavanya Lakshminarayanan here and I'll be taking you through the game today with some help from my colleague Netra V.

LIVE SCORE: INDIA: 153/6 (20 overs)

ENG: 154/2 (18.4 overs) - ENGLAND WINS BY EIGHT WICKETS



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Match report: ENG v IND: Wyatt powers England to eight-wicket win, England takes series 10-6

How the points table looks:
 

FORMATENGLANDINDIA
TESTS22
ODI42
T20IS42



Captains speak:

Heather Knight:
We talked about being ruthless so really pleased for Danni, for her to perform like that was outstanding. She hasn't scored as many runs as she would like but she got her head down and backed her game, scoring boundaries and being a whippet between the wickets.

On the series:  It's brilliant to have that Test match, it gives you narrative throughout the series like Shafali Verma vs Katherine Brunt. We've not had it easy, we've learnt some stuff, and been in restrictions too so pleased with how the girls have stuck at it. Looking forward to a few days at home.

Harmanpreet Kaur:
We are very happy the supporters have come each game, there's disappointment. We thought our bowlers would do it but I still think if I was there till the end, then we could have made 30-40 runs extra and made a difference. Someone has to take the responsibility, but we are working on that. We want our young players to take that responsibility. When you play a (multi-format) series like this you always feel you can bounce back.

Danni Wyatt is the player of the match. Here's what she said at the post-match ceremony:
About time, I really enjoyed batting out there tonight, Nat Sciver was exceptional but it was my night tonight. (It was a )beautiful pitch, nice and skiddy, hit nice and straight and over cover, and it came off.

On pressure: Pressure always, but got to embrace it and do what I do best, and enjoy it. Enjoy life off the pitch as well.

On Nat Sciver: Nat's really shown everyone how amazing she is, and the way she's bowling as well, she's a legend."

Nat Sciver is the player of the series. Here's what she said at the post match ceremony: This series was really important for us, to perform like we did tonight, and the bowlers did an exceptional job. Danni batted how we know she can bat, it's been such a long time since we've seen it but she worked really hard.

On opening the bowling: Bowling is tricky, and something I've been lucky enough to do for a few years. It's a batter's game so having some swing is really important. The way I played in the first T20 I'd love to play more like that, I'd love to play like Dottin, it would be fun. Hitting more boundaries and sixes is something I'm keen on doing.

---------------ENG beats IND by eight wickets to win the match and series -------------

ENG 154/2 (18.4 overs): Wyatt starts with two runs down extra cover, but you cannot keep her quiet.  She has punched the next one over extra cover for SIX. She follows that with another one to the boundary, a four this time behind square to tie the scores. Wyatt sends a single down midwicket to clinch the game for England. Eight balls remain. England wins by eight wickets.  This is England's 50th T20I win at home, the first team to win 50 home T20Is

Deepti Sharma comes in for the 19th over.

ENG 141/2 (18 overs):
Quiet over from Poonam here ends with England getting just three runs off it. 13 needed off 12 balls for the host now.

Poonam Yadav
comes in for her last over of the day and the series. Needs two wickets for 100 T20 wickets.

ENG 138/2 (17 overs): Sigh. I am a jinx. Sorry England fans, Nat Sciver is not getting that deserved fifty. She tries to pull Sneh Rana, completely misses and we see the back of the world's best all-rounder. Rana is not celebrating as much. A very tired smile is what we get. This duo truly wore out the Indians today. Heather Knight who thought she'd only be warming her legs today has to actually do some work today. Bummer. She gets off to a cheeky start, a reverse sweep which sends the ball past the keeper. Ghosh reacts late but can't get to it anyway. FOUR to begin. Seven runs come off this over. England steadily chipping away at the target.  WICKET Nat Sciver b Rana 42 (36b 4x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

ENG 131/1 (16 overs):
Six runs come off a quiet Poonam Yadav over. England is barely allowing dot balls to creep in. Valuable strategy. Question now is, can this duo see it through and add insult to injury with a 9 wicket win? Have I jinxed it?

Poonam Yadav has been brought on to try and break this partnership.

ENG: 124/1 (15 overs): Radha Yadav to continue.
And she will be welcomed with a boundary, Wyatt going up and over cover. She's not done, she gets ANOTHER ONE, sending a full toss this time down midwicket for FOUR. 12 runs come off the over totally. England needs 29 off 30 balls.

India was 94/3 after 14 overs.

ENG: 113/1 (14 overs): 
Quiet over here. Just four runs from Deepti Sharma.

Deepti Sharma comes on. India desperate for a wicket.

ENG: 109/1 (13 overs):
Just the five singles from this Radha Yadav over. Involved an appeal too, on Sciver. Redfern was not interested in the LBW appeal. Radha Yadav was aggressively appealing. India reviews. Sciver is found to be safe. Redfern sticks to her decision and has a word with Yadav about her appealing too.

England has won 8/9 times when Danni Wyatt has scored a half century in this format. What an ominous stat for India.

ENG 104/1 (12 overs): Shikha Pandey is back.
And she attacks again, this time over wide long-on. There's so much power here in Sciver's shots. Virtually unstoppable along the field. The two fielders that shot beat will tell you. FOUR. Follows this up with a single and here's Wyatt with a fifty staring at her in the face now. She won't wait. And she gets there, with a boundary no less - EIGHTH FIFTY for the opener. She follows this up with another boundary, cheeky going fine past the keeper. 14 RUNS come off this over. 

ENG 90/1 (11 overs):
Eight runs off this over from Rana and all thanks to that powerfully struck boundary through long-on. Sciver this time, the attacker. Arundhati is icing her shoulder. Oh no. Commentators confirming the niggle to her shoulder. We need to wait to hear how serious this is. 

Rana comes in.

STAT:
This is the first time in 19 T20I innings that Danni Wyatt has crossed the 40-run mark, the last time being against Pakistan in 2019. Way too long the world has waited to see THIS Danni.

ENG 82/1 (10 overs): Five runs come off this over to begin with but Wyatt is itching to inflict more damage and does so too! She's shot this down long-off. Nine runs come off this over.

Another Yadav comes in. Radha now.

ENG: 73/1 (9 overs): Poonam is trying to force Danni Wyatt to just try going aerial here. Tempting her to make a mistake. She gets a top edge here and nearly falls to mid-off but it's landed safely. Wyatt is safe and makes it count with sending Poonam to the boundary. She audaciously exposes her stumps and sweeps behind square. She follows that with another boundary right after, going straight down the ground for an authoritative boundary. Quintessential Danni Wyatt innings. 12 runs come off this over for England.

Poonam comes in for her second. She needs two for that 100-wicket mark.

ENG 61/1 (8 overs):
Sciver and Wyatt are happy to see off Sharma in singles here. This duo is quick between the wickets. Nat Sciver won't let the ghost of the runout from the previous game come in the way and sends a thumbs up Wyatt's way. Smart cricket. Making every ball count. Eight runs off this Deepti Sharma over. Two more overs of danger to come from this spinner for England.
 

Enough is enough, Deepti comes on to try and regain control for the side.

Sciver and Wyatt are steadying the ship here for England



ENG: 53/1 (7 overs):
How has Sciver managed to sweep this? Very low sweep here but gets the desired result after a few quiet deliveries off Poonam. FOUR RUNS to Sciver, in front of square here. Arundhati Reddy landed awkwardly enroute to getting to this and seems like she's in a lot of pain. She's getting attention from the physio. She's up on her feet but looks very uncomfortable - forearm looking in distress here. The game resumes. Wyatt gets on strike soon after and makes it count by drilling Poonam Yadav straight down the ground for a boundary.  11 runs come off the over.

Poonam into the attack.

MILESTONE ALERT: Poonam Yadav is 2 wickets short of 100 T20I wickets. If she does tonight, she'll be the fastest to get to the mark in the format. Anya Shrubsole currently holds this record, getting this from 74 games. Poonam is playing her 70th.
 


ENG: 42/1 (6 overs):
Wyatt welcomes her with a boundary through extra cover. One more, this time through deep third man. This one's been whacked through. Nicely done, Danni Wyatt. Make that three off Rana, lovely use of her feet here to send this through extra cover. Lovely footwork to come down the track and send this off. 12 runs come off the over. Good for England. INDIA WAS 28/2 IN 6 OVERS. England has managed to be decent through the powerplay.

Sneh Rana comes in to the attack.

ENG: 30/1 (5 overs):
Quiet over from Pandey. Little confusion with Sciver clipping one to midwicket. The duo run a quick single but the ball in return from the field ricochetes off Sciver. She declines the overthrow. This duo is still finding its feet. Knight has spoken about some dew making its way into the conditions here. We'll need to see if that factors in. But before that, Sciver has quickly struck a boundary to slightly undo the purse strings of Pandey here. FOUR RUNS through COVER.  Seven runs come off this over.

Pandey back.

ENG: 23/1 (4 overs): Deepti Sharma into the attack
and she brings in rewards instantly. Beaumont tries to sweep and is plumb here! Robinson leans backward as if he's replaying that delivery in his head and raises his finger. Beaumont reviews and that one is hitting leg straight. OUT GOES BEAUMONT. Advantage India. Sciver comes in to take her place. Four runs come off this over for England. WICKET Tammy Beaumont lbw b Sharma 11 (15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

ENG: 19/0 (3 overs): Radha Yadav has been brought in.
She's starting off with very wide/outside-offish deliveries. Needs to bring in some discipline here. Oh what's this? Wyatt's anticipatory front foot action switches to a last minute shot off the back foot and she's pulled this and it could be OUT but Arundhati Reddy has dropped it here. Two overs. Two chances. One to each opener. Beaumont finishing that over off with a cheeky boundary wide off the keeper down fine leg. 11 runs come off this over.

ENG: 8/0 (2 overs): Oh no no, Shafali!
Reddy gets this one to Beaumont who manages to flick it off her pads here to square leg. There's some height here and Shafali is there, poised to get this. BUT IT GOES BEHIND HER BACK. Boundary conceded. Wicket chance missed. Skipper is not Harman and gives Shafali the marching orders from that position. Not the first time Shafali's fielding has irked Harman. Six runs come off this over for England. Beaumont survives and is important to England's chase here in Chelmsford.

Here it is!



Arundhati Reddy will follow. Jhulan Goswami is carefully watching her juniors here.
There was a very heartening video shared by the BCCI social media handles a few days ago of her travelling with the side. Let me find it. Hold on.

ENG 2/0 (1 over):
Quiet start for England, just two runs come off it.
Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt stand guard. Shikha Pandey to open the bowling. Lights are on here.

This place is called Fortress Chelmsford, says Mel Jones. This fortress has been breached once by the Aussies. Can the Indians follow suit?
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BIG POSITIVE: RICHA GHOSH. What intent from this keeper-batter, responding immediately after Harman's dismissal to get India going about its business with no pause. I wonder what she'll look like in the number 3 position.

100

OH MY GHOSH | Richa Ghosh's 20-run cameo helped India cross the 150-run mark.   -  Reuters



Big wicket recap: Brunt getting Shafali for a duck

 

95 RUNS COMING FROM THE LAST 10. Incredible turnaround from India here. The side was capable of much more but this is remarkable after the dreadful start India got off to. Can the bowlers come through now and frustrate England to settle for a series draw? Find out as England comes out to chase. I am going to grab a quick snack as we wait for the game to resume.

IND: 153/6 (20 overs):
Ecclestone comes in. She's been thrown around a bit today and Ghosh intends to continue in the same fashion. TWO BOUNDARIES BACK TO BACK. One over fine, one over backward point. But it's Ecclestone who wins this battle and she groans in frustration. We know what that meant to her. She doesn't get whipped about like this very often. Ghosh misses completely as Ecclestone employs the arm ball, with the ball clipping that leg stump. Arundhati Reddy comes in to join Deepti Sharma and the duo manage to close out the Indian innings at 153/6. England needs 154 to win this T20I and to win the series.

IND: 141/5 (19 overs): Nat Sciver is here to choke India through these death overs and gives off just six runs from her final over. Well done Nat Sciver. India looking for the 150 as it heads into its final over.

12 balls remain. 150 very possible.

IND: 135/5 (18 overs): Deepti Sharma gets off to a rocky start here.
A rising ball hits Deepti on the thigh. BIG LBW APPEAL. No bat involvement here. England reviews after umpires don't respond favourably. UltraEdge clears bat involvement. Wicket's are hitting but impact has been judged on umpires call. This ball could have gone eitherway. Deepti survives. Davies is not happy but she carries on with a smile.  Ghosh gets some height later, LOT of height, but it lands between fielders. Safe again. OH MY GHOSH! She survives once more. She's been dropped at sweeper cover and its Dunkley again but this one was hard for Dunkley who was running in to get this one. Nicely done by her here. Five runs come off the over. Tidy here by Davies.

Davies is in.

IND: 130/5 (17 overs):
England brings in Brunt, it's most experienced warhorse, to remove or restrict Mandhana, however Mandhana is unfazed. She calmly flicks Brunt over mid-off for a boundary. Mandhana has made her intentions clear but so is Brunt. Oh but whats this? Full toss to Mandhana finds Nat Sciver diving for a fairly simple catch at deep midwicket. Mission accomplished for Brunt. Will India stutter now? Brunt sends one angling into Richa Ghosh's legs. She whacks this down the ground. Ecclestone can reach it but she makes a very half-hearted dive here and it obviously isn't enough. FOUR RUNS. Richa Ghosh makes that two boundaries in two balls, the second one laboured over mid-on for another four runs. What a response here to Mandhana's dismissal! WICKET Smriti Mandhana c Sciver b Brunt 70 (51b 8x4 2x6) SR: 137.25

India could have rebuilt better but this is not bad at all, courtesy captain and vice captain. How much can India manage in the last four? 137 is the average first innings score here on this ground.

IND: 118/4 (16 overs):
Wonderful slog sweep here from Mandhana to clear the deep perimeters for a SIX. Ecclestone is not pleased and she has her revenge but not immediately and not against Mandhana. She sends in a quicker ball to Sneh Rana who is all over the place as she attempts to sweep this one, but the ball will safely and swiftly hit the middle stump. Glorious sound as the ball unsettles the stumps here. Ghosh replaces Rana. 10 runs off the over despite the wicket. WICKET Sneh Rana b Ecclestone 4 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50


Ecclestone comes back into the attack.

IND: 108 /3 (15 overs): OH SMRITI COULD HAVE BEEN IN TROUBLE. But no. Mandhana hits that just short of Villiers at long-on. There's no stopping Mandhana as she sends Davies to the deep square boundary soon after to bring up her fifty. Her 13th IN T20Is.  What a half century by the Indian vice captain here. Another boundary for Mandhana, this time from long leg. A low full toss from Davies gets sent away. OH RUN OUT CHANCE! But England has made a mess of this. Mandhana flicked this slower ball which gets picked up by Wyatt a little off deep square. Wyatt returns to Davies who is waiting to run out Rana but does not gather the throw! WHAT A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. Another 14 runs coming here for India.

Davies comes in.

IND: 94/3 (14 overs):
Smriti Mandhana is starting to open up here. She sends this full length delivery pitched straight up nicely down to extra cover. Lovely footwork from the India opener. FOUR RUNS.  Mandhana is not done. She gets another BOUNDARY, this time getting a lifeline after dropped by Sophia Dunkley at long leg. Nicely done, a very cross looking Dunkley resumes her guard at the boundary. Over ends with a big appeal for Rana's wicket - lbw. Robinson doesn't entertain this, seems like it's missing leg. 10 runs from this over for India.

Villier returns.

IND: 84/3 (13 overs): And Sciver gets going right away. BIG APPEAL FOR LBW
. Straight delivery from Sciver. Redfern is slow to raise the finger. Harman reviews. Third umpire rules out bat involvement and ball tracking finds this one hitting the wickets head on. Captain's desperate attempt to stay fails. India loses a review. England gets its wicket. Sneh Rana walks in, India fiddling with its batting order here. Lovely over from Sciver here. Just three runs off it.  WICKET Harmanpreet Kaur lbw b Sciver 36 (26b 5x4 1x6) SR: 138.46

England brings Nat Sciver in, desperate to derail India here.

IND: 81/2 (12 overs): A desperately diving Danni Wyatt won't save that as Harman sweeps this full length ball from Glenn for a boundary. Make that two in two. Full toss this time from Glenn and Harman has punched this through cover. BIG appeal in the next ball. Keeper up to the stumps here. Glenn goes down leg a big, Harman has not connected that well, we hear a sound as it passes Harman and Jones collects before a loud appeal. Umpire Tim Robinson is not impressed. England desperately reviews. No contact found between bat and ball. Harman is safe. England loses a review. The Indian skipper responds with a four, cut this time to clear point for FOUR RUNS. 14 runs come off this over in total now. This is the kind of overs India needs now.

Sarah Glenn returns.

Talking point: 31 dot balls in this innings so far. Not great for India. Definitely an area for the side to work on.

IND: 67/2 (11 overs):
Smriti Mandhana is not one to be left behind. It's her turn to breach the fence. Ever so elegantly crunches Davies over long-off for a six. How does that hit look so soft!  Nine runs come off the over for India. Decent. India needs to step on the pedal now. 30 dot balls.

IND: 58/2 (10 overs): What a time for Harman to come to the party. First SIX Of the innings comes up, she's thumped Villiers over long-on for a six. Lovely shot here. Need more of this. She brings up the India fifty. Harman's strike rate now over 120. 10 runs come off this over. 58 runs they are worth.

IND: 48/2 (9 overs):
Mandhana welcomes Ecclestone with a BOUNDARY. Four singles come off the rest of the over. India is looking a little more confident there but there's much to do to take this side to a competitive total. More spin coming in from England. Mady Villiers comes in now. All spin options coming in from the River End.

Ecclestone returns.

IND: 40/2 (8 overs):
Another one for Harman and this one was intended to go down the field to the fence. Harman punches this length ball from Glenn to the point boundary. The average first innings score is 137, but the wicket has looked sprightly here. Both need to take advantage and look to register a 150-run score. Can they? You'll know when we do as we bring you the action live.

Glenn comes into the attack.

IND 33/2 (7 overs):
Largely quiet over but Harman manages a very lucky boundary here - an edge off a length ball going over the keeper's head. Five runs come from the over. India needs to be up the pace a bit.

Freya Davies comes in now. Powerplay done.

IND: 28/2 (6 overs):
Just four runs off this over and Sciver's frugality continues. England will be very happy with this powerplay performance in Chelmsford. Just the 28 runs and two big wickets to boot.

Sciver comes in. The keeper has been up from the second half of that Brunt over and that will continue.

IND: 20/2 (5 overs): Mandhana and Kaur seem in good spirits, so that's a positive, given the mountain this duo has to climb to give India a competitive total. Mandhana channels that nonchalant confidence to dispatch Brunt for two boundaries, first getting a bad ball down to point for FOUR RUNS and the other an attempted cut, which doesn't connect all too well, but gets the necessary result.

Brunt returns for a third over. Aggressive strategy here from Knight.

IND: 15/2 (4 overs): Harleen won't allow Ecclestone the honour. She drives Ecclestone down the ground for a four to begin with. But the top English bowler has the last laugh. She thumps this one, which is fuller to the stumps now, with a little height towards midwicket and Sciver is there to intercept to complete a clinical catch. HARLEEN WALKS. India loses its second wicket. That brings the Indian skipper to the crease. Six runs come off that over, but Ecclestone won't care. Damage done. WICKET Harleen Deol c Sciver b Ecclestone 6 (10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 60

Sophie Ecclestone
into the attack now. She bowled a maiden in the powerplay in the last T20I. England needs just that now.

IND: 9/1 (3 overs): Five runs come off the over. Batters still finding their feet. Brunt walks without inflicting any more damage.

Brunt returns. Who will she get this time?

IND: 4/1 (2 overs): Largely uneventful over for India - one of Sciver's specialties, to tone down the pace. Oh but what is this? Has Sciver gotten a wicket? LBW call and the finger has gone up, but Harleen Deol will review this. We see a full length ball hit the stumps but this seems to going well off leg. Ball tracking saves Deol. Good review for India. Saved.


A calmer Nat Sciver takes over. A slip is in place for Smriti Mandhana. India does shake a bit when there's a wicket. England will want to take advantage.

IND: 1/1 (1 over) Nervy start for India. Beaten on the first ball there, Mandhana. Brunt went in with the length ball and Mandhana has missed that drive completely. She takes a single in the next ball and gets Shafali on strike. This rivalry is famed - Brunt vs Verma. Who will have the last laugh? LOOKS LIKE THAT'S BRUNT. OUT. Stumps are rattled here in her second delivery of the match! Brunt pitches outside off here with a length ball. Shafali tries to clear this with a very strong cut-ish shot, but the ball hits the stumps off an inside edge. Unlucky for India, great for England. Brunt has her hand on her lips aggressively sending off the teenager. What a contest, what a competitor, is Brunt. WICKET Shafali Verma b Brunt 0 (2b) SR: 0



India has never beaten England twice consecutively in this format. Here's a chance for this side to turn those numbers.


Looks like a lovely evening in Chelmsford. Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma are out to take charge for India.  Katherine Brunt begins for England. This is England's series to loss to a draw. Can the host put this game to bed? We'll know in a few hours. Stay with us. LIVE ACTION now.

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Very happy to replay that Harleen Deol catch for you:


 

TOSS UPDATE: India has won the toss and will bat first.

 


I've been dipping in and out of fan forums this week to see what the chatter surrounding this women's team is like. India's positive performance have certainly helped quieten the 'intent' crowd over the last few days. That said, there are quite a few takeaways from this series for the girls. Some of them are:

1. Batting combination: If we know one thing for sure in the ODIs, it is that the batting lineup needs fine-tuning. Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana give the side firepower up top and have had consistent starts. But they have also consistently fallen short of carrying that start forward to a bigger score/larger partnership. One of the two needs to stick in and be what keeps the score ticking. The middle-order conundrum with Mithali Raj and Punam Raut will take some work too. We saw Punam sitting out a game as Mithali has been the surer of the two (plus captain). With Harman still not back to her best, that number four spot remains to be set in stone for this side. But that's an ODI problem. This T20 side has shown some promise given that its the format the side is most comfortable in. Smriti and Shafali look at home. Harman slogged for her 31 runs in the 2nd T20I but looked more fluent towards the end of that knock than she has in the rest of the tour. Deepti Sharma has also looked confident and is not worried to play her shots. One wonders if she serves the pinch-hitter role better, which could mean pushing her down the order some more and moulding her as a finisher. It will be interesting to see if India makes any changes to its playing XI or lineup today.

2. Learning from mistakes: All through this series, India has taken the chinks back to the drawing board and worked on them. Biggest example - the side's fielding - resulting in that stunner from Harleen, who has a great reputation out on the field. The bowling has become more disciplined, the side is able to maintain pressure and concede fewer runs (bowlers like Rana). Deepti Sharma's numbers unfortunately do not show how clinical she's been. She often chokes the run flow and forces errors - quite a few runouts coming in her overs as a result. The side has learnt to pick spaces in the field and rise up with the ball if the batting part goes underwhelmingly. If this team gets more games and gets an opportunity to fine-tune things like its slow overrate, strike rotation issues and pace of batting, the Australia series may not be as host-favouring as it seems like right now. |

3. Focus on ODIs: India's next assignment is down under for another multi-format series. Three ODIs, three T20Is and one pink ball Test. Test cricket's viability in the women's game has made it a slightly  harder for this format to be focussed on but one hopes that the important is now given to the ODI format with a World Cup (New Zealand 2022) fast approaching.  India is heading to a seam-friendly nation with a less than ideal pace attack. Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Arundathi Reddy and Ekta Bisht have managed to find consistency in bits, but wickets have not been as steadily incoming as they would have liked. Players fighting for spots in the playing XI in international games is not ideal. The Australia series will test everyone getting a spot. Given Jemimah and Harmanpreet battling with poor form, how that top six shapes up will be interesting to watch.

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It was a tense second T20I between these two games. In case you missed it, check out the highlights here

 

England leads the series 8-6. England can either win or tie the series. India can salvage a draw or loss.

Recap of the 2nd T20: India defeat England by eight runs

India defeated England by eight runs in the second of the three T20Is being played in Hove on Sunday. The Indian duo of Poonam Yadav and Deepti Sharma helped India in the death overs to make a dramatic comeback and level the series.

England who had restricted India to 148 for four in the 20 overs, felt themselves in deep waters as they crumbled under pressure due to the Indian spinners. With 14 runs required in the final over for England, India spinner Sneh Rana’s tight bowling was a cherry on the cake.

Earlier, Heather Knight’s England opted to bowl first. This decision proved to be wrong as the 17-year-old Shafali Verma’s 48 off 38 balls and her partnership with Smriti Mandana (20 off 16) put India driver’s seat. However, this did not last long as the game had overturned after Shafali and Mandhana’s wicket.

With the two opener’s wickets, India lost its momentum and wickets fell in intervals. However, with a few boundaries from Deepti Sharma (24* off 27) and Sneh Rana (8* off 5) got India close to the 150 run mark.

Deepti Sharma was awarded the player of the match in the 2nd T20I against England for her splendid all-round effort with the bat, ball and on the field.   -  Getty Images

However, the England innings was more dramatic than expected with four run outs and brilliant fielding from the Indian side. England reached 52 for two in the first six overs and was in a comfortable position despite losing Danielle Wyatt and Natalie Sciver, who was run out by wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh.

While England managed to keep its momentum going by getting a few boundaries, the consecutive wickets of Tammy Beaumont (59) and skipper Heather Knight (30) in the 14 over by Deepti Sharma tightened India’s hold on the game.

England needed 43 off last 36 balls, with exceptional fielding and tight bowling by Poonam who ended with figures of 2 for 17 in four overs and Deepti one for 18 in four overs India were able to have the last laugh.

In order to tie with England in the multi-format, India would have to win the match at Chelmsford today.

How the points table stands -

FORMATENGLANDINDIA
TESTS22
ODI42
T20IS22


Squads:

India: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia(wk), Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Pooja Vastrakar, Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Richa Ghosh (wk), Simran Bahadur, Indrani Roy (wk)

England: Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight(c), Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones(wk), Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Danielle Wyatt, Natasha Farrant, Sophia Dunkley, Fran Wilson, Freya Davies, Mady Villiers

Where are the teams playing?

The 3rd T20I will be played at The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford.

Where to watch - telecast and live streaming details?

The 3rd T20I between India and England women will be telecast on Sony TEN 1 and available for live streaming on Sony Liv. Jio TV and Airtel XStream will also provide live streaming. Alternatively, you can catch over-by-over updates here on Sportstar.

FULL FIXTURES

Friday July 9: 1st Vitality IT20. England v India (The County Ground, Northampton) - England won by 18 runs (D/L Method)

Sunday July 11: 2nd Vitality IT20: England v India (The 1st Central County Ground, Hove)- India won by 8 runs

Thursday July 15: 3rd Vitality IT20: England v India (The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford)

 

What would happen after the series?

While England would be playing three T20I and five ODI series against New Zealand from September 1- 26, India would be facing Australia for three ODIs, three T20Is and a one-off Test from September 19 to October 11. Before that, several players from both sides will feature in the inaugural edition of The Hundred.