- 150Runs 147
- 5Wickets 7
- 17Fours 16
- 1Sixes 3
Well folks, thanks for following our coverage today. India sealed only their fourth win in T20Is over England today. It's also their first win over the old enemy in close to two years. Nice way to start the series for Harmanpreet Kaur and co. but they will know that have a whole lot to work on if they want to beat Australia. Both teams made their share of mistakes through the game, but India were able to hold their nerve when the pressure was on at the end. Kaur's experience helped India get over the line. As usual, India's spinners put in a good show, and the top order came out all guns blazing. Good day for the girls in blue. England, on the other hand, will be hoping their top order can fire against the might of Australia tomorrow. It's going to be a quick turnaround, and they will need their big names to step up. Make sure you follow our coverage of that game as well. In the meantime, enjoy your day!
Captainspeak: Harmanpreet Kaur
It’s always good to get so much support from the fans. We are really happy we were able to get a win today. We have a lot of young players and am very happy that the youngsters were able to play with that freedom and perform. Its's important we give them time to settle. We made a lot of mistakes in the field today. Cannot afford such silly mistakes in these big games. Need to improve on that.
Player of the Match: Heather Knight
I think I rode my luck a little bit with those dropped catches early in the day. Was good to kick on after that. The loss today was disappointing, but hopefully we can come back from it. The loss of wickets early hurt us. We didn’t adapt well early, but the wicket dried out towards the end there. Tammy was brilliant in a new role. It was nice to have a good partnership with her that got us back into the game. Lots of little thing to improve on. In a close games those are things that count. I am really looking forward to the ice bath today! It’s been really hot out here.
Fought and finished!
India 150/5 in 19.3 overs, win by five wickets with three balls to spare. Harmanpreet Kaur finishes unbeaten on 42 to ensure India finish on the right side of the result. Deepti Sharma gave her company with an eight-ball 12 as the duo added 28 in just 15 balls. Clinical stuff!
India 142/5 in 19 overs, need 6 runs in 6 balls. It was an eventful over. On the first ball, Deepti Sharma slogged one straight to Mady Villiers (sub) at long on. It should have been a regulation chance but Villiers spilled in. On the very next ball, Harmanpreet Kaur got out a delicate dab past the keeper for a four. Then a couple of twos saw 11 runs being taken of the over.
India 122/5 in 17 overs, need 26 in 18 balls. India would believe as long as Harmanpreet Kaur is in the middle. She is battling the extreme heat and cramps to stay in the middle. But Taniya Bhatia departed in a bid to hit a four. The ball rose on her and all she managed was a top edge. Heather Knight settled under it and caught it comfortably. Deepti Sharma now in the middle...
India 89/3 in 12 overs, need 59 runs in 48 balls. Harmanpreet Kaur is taking her time to get herself in while Veda Krishnamurthy is fairly new to the crease. Katherine Brunt got her first wicket in the form of Jemimah Rodrigues for 26. She bowled a short one which Rodrigues failed to get over Lauren Winfield at mid-on.
Player Chat - Wyatt
India 65/2 in 8 overs, need 83 off 72 balls. Heather Knight breaks through, getting rid of Shafali Verma for 30. The teenager looked to go big and ended up finding Fran Wilson at deep mid-wicket. Meanwhile, Danielle Wyatt was mic'd up and here's what she had to say: She (Shafali Verma) has improved a great deal since the Women’s T20 Challenge. She is not afraid to plonk her front foot and go big. But Knight is the golden arm and she batted well as well. It is a sticky wicket and I thought they (India) bowled pretty well. Sarah Glenn is a good bowler, she attacks the stumps. She's done well in the KSL and deserves her chance for England and is really enjoying that. She could be our secret weapon.
India 62/1 in 7 overs, need 86 runs in 78 balls. Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues haven't let the early fall of Smriti Mandhana affect India. The duo has added a quick 35 runs in just 22 balls. Verma is on 29 off 23 balls while Rodrigues is on 16 off 11.
India 37/1 in 4 overs, need 111 more in 96 balls. It was the length which confused Smriti Mandhana whether to go for the pull off the back foot or for a heave off the front foot. In the end all she does is spoon a catch to Lauren Winfield at mid-on. Mandhana goes for 15 off 10 balls. Further in the over, Shafali Verma survived a stumping scare before thumping one over mid-off to end the over.
India 22/0 in 2 overs, need 142 in 113 balls. Amy Jones takes a blinder, so it seems before replays show otherwise. Katherine Brunt delivers a full ball outside off, Smriti Mandhana plays a loose drive away from the body without any footwork. Ends up getting a thick outside edge and Jones dives to her left and takes it before the ball slips out of her hands and goes to ground. Mandhana almost walks out of the park, before being asked by Harmanpreet Kaur to wait. The third umpire was involved, who deemed that Jones wasn't in control of the catch. Early life for Mandhana. The Indian southpaw then belts three fours in the over. 16 runs came off the second over.
It was a tale of two halves. The first half of the innings clearly belonged to India. They (almost) had England on the mat at 59/4. But then a certain Heather Knight stepped up to steer her team to a respectable total. Knight hardly spared any of the bowlers and exploring all parts of the Manuka Oval. For India, Shikha Pandey picked up a couple of wickets and so did Deepti Sharma. The latter finished with 2/30 off her four overs. If India can churn out a good batting performance, we might have a good game on the cards. See you on the other side.
148 to win!
England 147/7 in 20 overs. Just 11 runs came in the last two overs for the loss of two wickets and three wickets fell, including that of Heather Knight, in the last three overs. India would feel they have pulled things back.
Player Chat - Knight
Heather Knight made her T20I highest score of 67. Here's what she had to say: It feels nice to contribute. The wicket was a little slow. Hopefully we’ll get to a good score. So it’s important for the bowlers to take pace off, as Deepti Sharma has been showing. Anywhere about 150 should be a good score. As she spoke, Katherine Brunt holed out to Smriti Mandhana at deep mid-wicket to go for just two, leaving England at 140/7 after 19 overs.
England 136/5 in 18 overs. Shikha Pandey was hit for a huge six over deep mid-wicket by Heather Knight on the second ball of the over. But on the next ball, she delivered a slower one and Knight looked to repeat the shot. She ended up finding Jemimah Rodrigues, who didn't make any mistake. But on the next ball, Tammy Beaumont smashes one through mid-wicket for another four before two runs each were taken off the last two balls of the over. Pandey finishes with 4-0-33-2.
There's an update about Pooja Vastrakar's injury - she has hurt her left hamstring and the news is that she won't take any further part in this game. India would be waiting with bated breath about her availability for the rest of this series as well as the T20 World Cup. Remember she was injured in a warm-up game ahead of the World T20 in 2018 and was ruled out of that tournament then.
England 109/4 in 16 overs. Second T20I fifty for Heather Knight and she has sure held this English innings together after it seemed to go awry at the start. She has taken 38 balls to get to the mark and now must be bracing herself for a strong finish. Crisp drives, fierce cuts and pulls and smart reverse sweeps - her innings has had it all. She sliced one towards backward point to get to the landmark.
England 86/4 in 13.2 overs. Heather Knight sweeps one straight towards deep square leg, where Pooja Vastrakar messes up and concedes a four. In the process she seems to have hurt her hamstring and has walked out of the field. Harleen Deol replaces her on the field. Knight is on 47, with Beaumont on 7 for company. England have managed to take 39 runs in the last 20 balls.
England 71/4 in 12 overs. Pooja Vastrakar was taken for a couple of fours in the over in her first over. First, Heather Knight went over mid-on. Then she shimmied to the off side and explored the vacant area behind square on the leg side for another boundary. The English captain is going strong on 38 off 30.
England 59/4 in 10 overs. Shikha Pandey strikes! She got one to land in line of the off stump. Fran Wilson went for a wild slog and missed, was cleaned up for 7 off 11 balls. It was a slower one, which Wilson failed to pick. However, the umpires checked whether Pandey had overstepped and it was a very close call, that eventually went in her and India's favour. Not long ago, Pandey was out of the reckoning for India and here she is today, with figures of 3-0-18-1 so far. India clearly on top.
England 41/3 in 7 overs. Deepti Sharma bowled the last over of the power play and almost had Heather Knight's number. Knight played a powerful slog straight towards Jemimah Rodrigues at deep square leg. But she spilled it and it went the distance. However, in the next over, Sharma had a chance to get her name in the scorecard, albeit by taking a simple catch. Radha Yadav got Natalie Sciver, who was dropped by Harmanpreet Kaur earlier, to hit one straight to cover. On the last ball, Knight got a second life as Veda Krishnamurthy dropped a catch after getting to the ball from long on. Knight had skipped down the ground and hit it aerially towards long on. India's bowlers making it happen.
England 22/2 in 4 overs. Harmanpreet Kaur spills a chance with Natalie Sciver being the beneficiary on eight. It was hit aerially towards mid-off, where Kaur jumps, but the ball bursts through her hands. To rub salt to her wounds, the ball teasingly makes it to the fence. Shikha Pandey would surely consider herself a tad unlucky. Meanwhile, Radha Yadav, ranked second, comes into the attack...
On a roll
England 9/2 in 3.1 overs. Rajeshwari Gayakwad may be playing her first game for India after 18 months, but it looks as if she's been in the action regularly. She loops one up outside off, Danielle Wyatt looks to go over the in-field on the off side. Ends up slicing it to Shikha Pandey at backward point for just four.
England 9/1 in 2 overs. Shikha Pandey took the new ball from the other end. That's a good time to have a read about how she became India's frontline seamer. Meanwhile, Natalie Sciver hits the first boundary of the game, splitting the gap between cover and point for a four.
England 4/1 in 0.5 overs. Amy Jones hits one straight to Harmanpreet Kaur at mid-off and England have been dealt an early blow by Rajeshwari Gayakwad. Jones goes for just one, just what India would have wanted after opting to bowl. Natalie Sciver walks in at three for England...
"It's 40 degrees celsius," exclaims the on-air commentator. That is some temperature and surely India would feel more at home than England. But remember, England's last series was in Kuala Lumpur, though the weather was nowhere near what it is right now in Canberra at the Manuka Oval.
It's the Canberra leg of the tri-series and the coin has landed in Harmanpreet Kaur's favour. India will chase. The team news follows...
It is said that a new dawn brings new possibilities. Well today, it has brought in the first game of a new series - India versus England in the tri-nation T20I series that also features Australia. And that’s pretty much the same. The series will give us a better idea about how teams will shape up in Australian conditions ahead of the T20 World Cup that’s just 21 days away. We’re glad to have your company with us for the game as well as the competition, that promises to be an enticing one on the outset. England and India played last in 2019 and the results in the shortest format went England’s way then. However since then things have been different for both teams and it’ll be interesting to see how India turn up, given their batters didn’t really come to the party against Governer General’s XI though their bowlers did. England seem to have a settled side and picking an XI should give Heather Knight some pleasant headaches. Have a look at what could be expected from the match as well get you the toss and team news.
Kaur's finishing act, Gayakwad, Deepti, Pandey two-fers help India beat EnglandA good bowling performance, despite that a decent total after some recovery, pacing the run-chase and finishing it in the last over – these are the elements of a classic run-chase. The first match of the T20I tri-series between India and England had it all, which saw India defeat England by five wickets at the Manuka Oval, Canberra on Friday (January 31), thanks to the calm head of Harmanpreet Kaur, after the bowlers kept England down to under 150. England’s innings was a tale of two halves. The first part of it vindicated India’s call to bowl first after winning…
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