ENG-W vs IND-W 2nd T20I: Smriti Mandhana guides India Women to 8-wicket win over England to set up series decider

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ENG-W vs IND-W 2nd T20I: Smriti Mandhana guides India Women to 8-wicket win over England to set up series decider
ENG-W vs IND-W 2nd T20I: Smriti Mandhana guides India Women to 8-wicket win over England to set up series decider

ENG-W vs IND-W 2nd T20I: Smriti Mandhana guides India Women to 8-wicket win over England to set up series decider

ENG-W vs IND-W 2nd T20I: India chased down their 143-run target in just 17 overs to win the second T20 encounter at Derby by eight-wicket and level the series with one game remaining.

After falling to 54 for five in the 10th over, England rallied to score a total of 142 for six owing to a magnificent half-century from Freya Kemp, who was just 17 years old and thus the youngest person to achieve the milestone in T20 internationals. However, India heavily punished the left-armer, as Shafali Verma (20 off 17) and Smriti Mandhana pounded 19 runs off her one over on their way to a first-wicket partnership of 55 off 35 balls.

“Whenever we bat together, we have confidence in how to calculate the innings,” Harmanpreet said. “We know when to hit the boundaries and take those singles.”

At the end of the powerplay, Verma caught and bowled by Sophie Ecclestone, but Mandhana pushed on to a half-century in just 36 balls. As India easily won the match, Harmanpreet Kaur, who was dropped by Danni Wyatt at deep midwicket on 20, sailed along to 29 not out from 22 balls.

Kemp has been dying to show off her batting prowess since she made her England debut against South Africa in July, purportedly for her seam bowling. However, in the late middle order, opportunities to do so have been scarce.

On Tuesday, though, she and Maia Bouchier (34 off 26) partnered for 65 runs in eight overs and she hit three sixes on the way to her fifty.

“She’s a cool character, nothing really fazes her,” Ecclestone said. “We all know what she can do with the bat – it just a case of giving her a chance and throwing her up there, and she gone out and proved herself tonight.”

The poorest powerplay for England since March 2021 set up by their three-run deficit in three overs. In the second over, Deepti Sharma stumped Sophia Dunkley, and six balls later, Renuka Singh Thakur enticed Wyatt into nicking one to slip with just enough away movement.

Radha Yadav’s shoulder injury, which prevented her from bowling after sustaining it on the field, was one of the contributing factors in India’s loss in the first T20, according to Harmanpreet. Yadav, however, did not appear particularly bothered. In the third over, she made a diving stop at deep extra cover to stop an Alice Capsey boundary. While also leaving the batter run out as Yadav quickly sent the ball back to Harmanpreet on the ring.

Sneh Rana claimed the first of three wickets when Yadav took a superb diving catch in the eighth over, sending Bryony Smith back to the pavilion. Kemp performed heroically, but England never really recovered.