This was the 3rd match of the Tri-series. Host nation India was desperately waiting for the win while England was confidently heading for the match. England won the toss and opted to bowl first. In the short span, Indian opener Smriti Mandhana tore apart the opposition bowling until Beaumont’s stunning catch got her wicket in the 13th over. She scored her 4th T20I half-century in just 25 balls becoming the fastest Indian to do so. Mandhana departed for 76 runs off 40 balls and was well supported by Mithali Raj’s classy 53 (43).
After two wickets Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur came to the crease. She helped India with her cracking shots but failed to play till the last ball of the innings. Thanks to Pooja Vastrakar’s last over counter-attack which helped India to post a challenging total of 198 with the loss of four wickets. Tash Farrant was the pick of the bowlers taking 2 wickets in the innings. Sciver and Sophie Ecclestone bagged a single wicket each.
This was a bit daunting task for England but not so impossible with the batting line up they have. Danielle Wyatt opened the innings with the young Bryony Smith. Smith was struggling from the start and lost her wicket to Jhulan Goswami in the 6th over.
Danielle Wyatt was playing the dream cricket. She was hitting top range shots all over the park from the start of an innings. Her 50 runs came in just 24 balls beating Mandhana’s record from the first innings. This was not enough for her as she continued her momentum and slammed her second T20I century. Wyatt did the damage to Indian team before getting out in the 17th over of the match. Her heroic innings helped England to chase down such a big total easily. They won the match by 7 wickets. Danielle Wyatt made 124 runs off just 64 balls well supported by Beaumont’s calm innings of 35(23).
Indian bowlers were helpless in front of Wyatt’s batting. The pressure was seen in their fielding efforts. The one woman show let the Indians down. Deepti Sharma bagged two wickets. Goswami too bagged a wicket. Indian team needs to work on their bowling and fielding which will help them in the upcoming matches. Without a doubt, Danielle Wyatt was adjudged the Player Of the Match for her heroic innings. Along with the batting records, this was the highest successful run chase by England in T20Is. Next match of the series will be played between India and Australia tomorrow.
England 199/3 (D Wyatt 124, D Sharma 2/36) beat India 198/4 (S Mandhana 76, T Farrant 2/32) by 7 wickets.