Women's Tri-Series: Sciver hits fifty, England beats India

Catch the highlights of the fourth match of the Women's T20 tri-nation series where India women take on England women in Melbourne.

Updated : Feb 07, 2020 11:48 IST

Harmanpreet Kaur starred with the bat in India's win over England in the series opener.
Harmanpreet Kaur starred with the bat in India's win over England in the series opener.

Harmanpreet Kaur starred with the bat in India's win over England in the series opener.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of the fourth match of the Women's T20 tri-nation series where India women take on England women in Melbourne.

That's all we have for you and thank you for joining us. Until next, it's goodbye from Team Sportstar.

Natalie Sciver hit a brilliant 38-ball 50 as England women chased down 124 runs in 18.5 overs to eke out a convincing four-wicket win over India. The women in blue didn't had enough runs on the board and that cost them the game as Anya Shrubsole was the star performer with the ball with three wickets.

Smriti Mandhana was the top-scorer for India with a 40-ball 45 and she got some support from Jemimah Rodrigues who scored a 20-ball 23.

The bowlers did their job with Rajeshwari Gayakwad picking three wickets. But the lack of runs, did cost India the game.

England beats India by four wickets.

Lauren Winfield dances down the track and just manages to clear mid-off as she takes a couple to help England register a convincing win over India.

WICKET - Tammy Beaumont is run out and England needs just 2 off 9 balls.

WICKET - Rajeshari takes an excellent caught and bowled as Sciver departs after reaching her fifty. She has done her job as England requires just four runs to win.

SIX - Natalie Sciver connects beautifully as she lifts Rajeshwari over the long-on fence for a maximum and it's England's game.

England needs 17 runs off 18 deliveries and India needs to stop the flow of runs and dry the boundaries.

Shikha Pandey back into the attack.

WICKET - Just as we speak, Rajeshwari Gayakwad strikes to remove the England skipper. Huge wicket for India. Nicely floated delivery, Heather Knight goes on her backfoot and cuts it but the ball flies straight into the waiting hands of Radha Yadav at backward point. Excellent take from Radha as she dives forward to pack off the England skipper.

England needs 59 off 54 deliveries. Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver have managed to string a partnership, worth 37 runs off 34 deliveries and seem to have settled down. India needs a breakthrough. 

And talking about pace, in comes Arundhati Reddy, right-arm fast medium into the attack.

England needs 80 off 78 deliveries and although India have managed to rock England early, they need to keep chipping away at regular intervals. There is no sign of pace as spin continues but skipper Harmanpreet has to get her fast bowlers at some point.

WICKET - Against the run of play and Katherine Brunt can't believe that she is run out! Sciver drives Deepti Sharma and the bowler manages to get her finger tips on the ball as it hits the stumps at the non striker's end and Brunt is way short of her crease. Bonus for India and the women are pumped up.

Natalie Sciver is out in the middle.

WICKET- Radha Yadav strikes and she removes the dangerous Danni Wyatt. This is a huge wicket for the eves and Radha strikes in her very first over. Left-arm orthodox spin comes into play. Just a little bit of extra bounce, Wyatt goes for the cut and hits it straight into the hands of Rajeshwari Gayakwad at point. A couple of more wickets and India are right in this game.

Katherine Brunt walks in to join Danni Wyatt.

WICKET - Rajeshwari strikes early to remove Amy Jones and this is exactly the start India wanted. The ball held a bit after pitching, Jones was early in her shot and Arundhati Reddy at mid-wicket takes an excellent catch by diving forward to give India an early breakthrough. Top stuff!

Interesting move to start with a spinner first-up.

Amy Jones and Danni Wyatt are out there in the middle and it will be Rajeshwari Gayakwad who will start proceedings with the new ball. Here we go!

We are back for the chase and it will be interesting to see how India approaches in their pursuit of defending a small total. England needs 124 runs to win.

India Women 6/123 in 20 overs. Excellent from England to restrict India women to 123 and except for Smriti Mandhana no other batswoman was able to get going. Timing was the issue and the England bowlers with a tight line and length chocked the Indians. They have got something to defend but will that be enough? We will find out as we return for England's chase.

FOUR - Deepti Sharma swings and collects well to clear the deep square leg boundary as India crosses the 120-run mark.

Wide and welcome boundary for India as they inch close to the 120-run mark.

India Women 6/108 after 19 overs. The final over of the innings and how much can they garner remains to be seen. England have done extremely well to contain the Indian batters and this has been smart captaincy from Heather Knight.

Deepti Sharma and Arundhati Reddy have a job in their hands and the duo will look to take India at least to a score in excess of 120.

WICKET - Another wicket and this time Tania Bhatia departs. They are falling apart, rather quickly and this is poor batting. Sans Smriti Mandhana who scored a 40-ball 45 the rest have failed to get going. India 6/103 in 18 overs.

WICKET - Gone! Huge wicket for England as skipper Harmanpreet Kaur departs. Gets deceived by the slower ball and just manages to pop a simple catch to her England counterpart at mid-off. India Women 5/102 in 17.4 overs.

Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur needs to up the ante with just three overs remaining and so as Tania Bhatia who has just walked in.

And she departs for just 2, smashing a return catch to Brunt on her follow through. Her last three scores read 2, 8, 7. Taniya Bhatia is the new batter.

Veda Krishnamurthy is in at No. 5

IND-W 80-3 in 13 overs: WICKET! Another key wicket for England as Jemimah departs looking to up the ante. Shrubsole bowls a 95 kmph delivery inviting Jemimah for the drive and she obliges by stepping out too far out of her crease. She misses and Jones has the simple task of whipping out the bails standing up. Jemimah departs for 23.

Jemimah gets going after playing herself in with a few singles and twos. She pulls Davies behind square before a big heave gets a thick edge down to the third man boundary.

IND-W 62-2 in 10 overs: WICKET! No respite this time as Manshana is taken down the leg side by Amy Jones, standing up to the wickets to Brunt. Mandhana was looking ominous today having scored 45 at a strike rate of just over 100. Skipper Kaur is in the middle.

Mandhana dropped on 37 at backward square leg by Wyatt! It was a difficult chance with the ball coming hard and fast off Mandhana's bat.

IND-W 39-1 in 6 overs: Some of the momentum has ebbed away from the Indian innings, and Sophie Ecclestone has provided England women the wicket of Shafali Verma as well, out bowled for nine-ball 8. Never got going. Jemimah Rodrigues is the new batter in with Smriti Mandhana batting on 31.

IND-W 32-0 in 4 overs: Smriti Mandhana whips the ball over midwicket for a four to finish the fourth over. She moves to 25, and India women have made a solid start after being put in to bat. Freya Davies is into the attack for England women.

IND-W 6-0 in 1 over: Confident start from young Shafali to end the over. She smashes a length ball down the ground for a four.

Nat Sciver has the new ball and will bowl to the duo of Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana.

India women innings

Both teams make one change each from their previous meeting in Canberra. Arundhati Reddy and Freya Davies come in to their respective XIs.

Toss update: England women captain Heather Knight has won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Playing XIs

India women: Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Veda Krishnamurthy, Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav

England women: Danni Wyatt, Amy Jones (wk), Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield, Fran Wilson, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Davies

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