ENG-W vs IND-W: Sophia Dunkley and Alice Capsey steer England to T20 series win over India
ENG-W vs IND-W: In the series decider, England’s bowlers upset India’s top-order early on, sending the visitors reeling, before eventually limiting them to a modest score that they easily chased down in Bristol. By the midway point, India reduced to 35 for 5, and they required a late partnership from Richa Ghosh and Pooja Vastrakar to get them over the 100-run threshold. They only received 122 for 8, which was not enough for the day.
India’s top five batsmen, who asked to bat first at the County Ground, all managed single-digit scores, including ducks for S Meghana and Hemalatha. India attempted to emerge from the ruins twice—once through a fifth-wicket partnership between Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma, and again between Sneh Rana and the latter—but England snuffed both attempts out. When Richa Ghosh joined Deepti, India had scored 52 for 6 in 13 overs.
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In the following 19 deliveries, the pair added 23 runs together before Deepti was out for 24 in 25 balls, leaving India vulnerable to a score below 100. But then Richa and Vastrakar put together the finest partnership of India’s batting, scoring 28 runs for the eighth wicket. Richa’s 22-ball 33 and Vastrakar’s 11-ball 19* helped India score 16, 12, and 15 runs in the final three overs. But they still ended up with an unimpressive total of 122 for 8.
With their first-wicket partnership, England’s openers Dunkley and Danielle Wyatt eliminated more than half of their goal. England faltered temporarily as they lost two wickets in the following two overs to drop to 79 for 3. As Sneh Rana provided India the first breakthrough in the 10th over. Despite the fact that Dunkley had been eliminated (for a 44-ball 49), Alice Capsey emerged to lead the hunt. Bryone Smith acted as her ideal ally as the two of them led the side to victory in the last over. She struck six fours on her way to an unbeaten 38 off 24 while Bryone Smith aided her perfectly.
India Women 122/8 in 20 overs (Richa Ghosh 33, Deepti Sharma 24; Sophie Ecclestone 3-25, Sarah Glenn 2-11) lost to England Women 126/3 in 18.2 overs (Sophie Dunkley 49, Alice Capsey 38*; Radha Yadav 1-14, Pooja Vastrakar 1-16) by 7 wickets.