Smriti, Jhulan, Shikha star as India clinches ODI series

After Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey starred with the ball, Smriti Mandhana took charge of the chase with a brilliant 63 as India eves beats England by seven wickets.

Smriti Mandhana gave India eves a fine start in chase of 162.   -  Prashant Nakwe

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  • After Shikha Pandey and Jhulan Goswami shared eight wickets among themselves, Smriti Mandhana cracked a brilliant half-century and was well supported by Punam Raut and Mithali Raj.
  • There it is and fittingly Mithali Raj hits the winning runs as India beats England by seven wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead.
  • WICKET - Smriti Mandhana departs for a well-made 63 and although she couldn't finish the match, her half-century has firmly tilted the match in India's favour.
  • FIFTY for Smriti Mandhana - Excellent half-century by Smriti Mandhana and she has looked extremely confident right from the start. Shots round the wicket with some elegant drives down the ground. India eves in complete control as it requires another 50 runs to win the series. India Women 112/2 after 28.4 overs.
  • WICKET — Punam Raut is stumped by Sarah Taylor. The cutter was going wide down leg, Taylor collects it easily while Raut tries to look for balance. She departs for 32 (65). India women 78/2 (21).
  • The fifty run partnership between Punam Raut and Smriti Mandhana comes up and it has been vital for India Women.
  • Smriti Mandhana breaks away from the shackles with three crisp boundaries. Much needed from the Indian point of view. India Women 42/1 after nine overs. 
  • After the early loss of Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut and Smriti Mandhana have taken the cautious route and are in the process of rebuilding the innings. India Women 28/1 after 7.3 overs.
  • WICKET - Jemimah Rodrigues gets a leading edge and England women has got an early breakthrough. India Women 1/1 after 1.5 overs.
  • Katherine Brunt to open the attack and it will be Jemimah Rodrigues on strike.
  • We are back for the chase and the Indian openers are out there in the middle. India needs 162 runs to seal the series.

Shikha Pandey bowled brilliantly and picked four wickets against England on Monday.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

 

  • Our correspondent Shayan Acharya updates from Wankhede Stadium.
  • Pacers Shikha Pandey and Jhulan Goswami scalped four wickets each as India bundled out England for 161 in the second ODI at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.

    While Jhulan had a four-wicket haul for 30 runs, Shikha gave India early breakthroughs. She scalped four wickets for 18 runs, which is her career-best performance in the ODIs. In the World Cup qualifiers in 2017, she had scalped a four-wicket haul, conceding 34 runs against South Africa.

    But at the Wankhede, Shikha and Jhulan not only kept the England batters under pressure, but also ensured that India was course to its second victory in the three-match series.

    Spinner Poonam Yadav also chipped in, bagging a couple of wickets.

    For England, Natalie Sciver was the top-scorer, with 85 runs. Even as wickets tumbled at the other end, Natalie Sciver stood firm to ensure that the visiting side crossed the 150-run mark. Pairing with Alex Hartley, Sciver stitched a partnership of 42 runs in the last wicket. This is also the first time that two Indian Women claimed 4-wicket hauls in the same ODI.

  • End of Innings: England all out 161. Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey shared eight wickets among themselves as India eves bowl out England for 161. Natalie Sciver was the top-scorer for England with a brilliant 109-ball 85. Credit to Indian bowlers but the last wicket stand helped England post a respectable score. Over to the batswomen as India aims to seal series at the Wankhede Stadium.
  • Natalie Sciver is garnering some valuable runs for England with a gritty half-century as India aims to pick the final wicket.
  • WICKET - Third wicket for Jhulan Goswami as Sophie Eccleston departs leaving England nine down.
  • WICKET - Shikha Pandey is on fire as she takes her fourth wicket to leave England reeling at 95/7.
  • WICKET - One more bites the dust and England women loses its sixth wicket. Georgia Elwiss fails to open her account as she is trapped by Shikha Pandey. England women's slide continues.
  • WICKET - Punam Yadav strikes and Lauren Winfield has to depart. False stroke from Winfield as she tries to play the slog sweep, with an intention to find the ropes but instead hit it straight to Smriti Mandhana at deep mid-wicket. England Women 93/5.
  • WICKET - Deepti Sharma takes a stunning catch as India eves continue to dominate. Shikha Pandey picks her second wicket and Tammy Beaumont has to depart. England Women 44/4 after 13.3 overs.
  • India women have kept the pressure on England women and while the visitor aims to arrest the slide, the home side is eyeing to make further inroads.
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  • WICKET - India women on a roll at the moment as Jhulan Goswami picks her second wicket. The ball stuck a bit, Heather Knight checks her shot at the last minute but it was too late as she spooned a simple catch to Jemimah Rodrigues at short cover. England 14/3 at the end of 6.1 overs.
  • WICKET - Jhulan Goswami strikes as she cleans up Sarah Taylor. It was wide, outside the off and Taylor drags it on to her stumps. India makes early inroads.
  • Our Correspondent Shayan Acharya updates: India gets the breakthrough. Amy Jones departs for 3 off Shikha Pandey. England 5-1. England has found it tough to tackle Shikha Pandey and Jhulan Goswami. After four overs, the visiting side is at 11-1.
  • WICKET - India eves strike early as Shikha Pandey dismisses Amy Jones. She failed to control her flick and hits it straight to Ekta Bisht at swuare leg. England Women 7/1 after 2.2. overs.

 

 

India Women Playing XI: Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali Raj(c), Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia(w), Mona Meshram, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav

England Women Playing XI: Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor(w), Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight(c), Lauren Winfield, Georgia Elwiss, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Alex Hartley

Team News: India brings back Punam Raut in place of Harleen Deol.

Toss: England Women won the toss and elected to bat first.

Preview

After a 66-run win in the series opener, a buoyant Indian side will hope to take an unassailable 2-0 lead when it takes on England in the second One-Day International (ODI) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Monday.

The victory on Friday, scripted by its bowlers, handed India two crucial points in the ICC Women’s Championship. Two more points would help the host immensely in staying ahead in the race for direct qualification spots for the 2021 World Cup.

Much will be expected from its left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht, whose four-wicket haul helped turn the contest decisively in India’s favour in the first ODI. She has allies in leg-spinner Poonam Yadav and off-spinner Deepti Yadav. India also has an effective seam attack for the conditions, in Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey, both of whom were quite a handful for the English top order on Friday.