Mandhana scores another half-century. ©BCCI

An outstanding all-round performance helped India to register their first win in the tri-series after six consecutive losses, starting from the ODI series against Australia.

England chose to bat after winning the toss. In-form opener Danielle Wyatt and Amy Jones opened the innings while experienced Jhulan Goswami started the attack with the ball. She started off with a maiden in the first over. In the very next over, Amy Jones was about to be dismissed by a splendid effort by Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. Jones tried to clear the wide mid-on region; Kaur ran to her right but fell short and couldn’t hold on.

But she didn’t stay long at the crease as Vastrakar snipped out her wicket to a short pitch ball. Jones tried to pull it away and to clear the mid-wicket, but misjudged it and got a top-edge. Mithali Raj ran backward from short mid-wicket and took a well-judged catch. Though the catch wasn’t easy, she did make it look so.

Wyatt and Beaumont started hitting boundaries but a quick reflex catch of Deepti Sharma from the fifth ball of her first over dismissed in-form Wyatt for 31 runs. Right after the next over Yadav picked up Beaumont’s wicket by an off stump delivery; while Goswami took an easy catch at the short-fine region.

Taniya Bhatia worked brilliantly behind the stumps as she took an outside edge ball; while Sciver tried a reverse sweep by a full-length from Patil. Kaur took a stunner with her one hand while running from long-off and dismissed Hazell.

Indian bowlers didn’t allow their counterparts to stay long at the crease. Anuja Patil picked up 3 crucial wickets; while Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav and Radha Yadav bagged two wickets each and restricted England’s innings within 107 runs on board.

In reply, India started off really well. Mandhana, the in-form opener started hitting boundaries all over the parks after getting dropped by Beaumont at square leg region. England got their first breakthrough in the form of Mithali Raj. She misjudged the ball and hit it straight to mid-off; Richards did no mistake and took an easy catch on her second attempt. Hazell gave the second breakthrough by taking Rodrigues’ wicket at the first ball of the 5th over. She tried to clear the mid-off but Farrant took an easy catch and sent her back to the pavilion.

England was unable to stop Mandhana’s explosive batting, who scored another blitzy knock of unbeaten 62 off 41 with 8 fours and a six. With this knock, she completed her 5th T20I half-century. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur scored 20 runs off 31 balls.

Spectacular fielding, stunning catches and Mandhana’s brilliant knock helped India to reach their target with 26 balls to spare.

Anuja Patil was adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ for her bowling figures of 3 for 21 in 3.5 overs.

Flash Scores:

India 108/2 (S Mandhana 62*, D Hazell 2/17) beat England 107/10 (D Wyatt 31, A Patil 3/21) by 8 wickets.