Mandhana on the way to her 86. ©BCCI
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The India team won the 1st ODI against England by 1 wicket in the ongoing England’s tour of India. A clinical all-round performance from the spin twins Poonam Yadav and Ekta Bisht; a blitzy 86 from Mandhana; 26 extras from England and yeah a bit of luck helped India score a thriller of a win.

Chasing a modest target of 208, at the end of 47 over, the Indian side required 18 runs in 18 balls with only 1 wicket in hand. Poonam Yadav (7 off 7) and Ekta Bisht (12 off 12) turned the tables and soon only 1 run was required from 5 balls. A big shout out goes to expensive death bowling from Anya Shrubsole and a wide ball from Nat Sciver at 49.2 overs.

The squeak of joy from Poonam Yadav and the post-match celebrations of the Indian camp speak volumes about the importance of this victory. As India has had a bland run this home season and also it was necessary to drive away the ghosts of the infamous Lords final of the World Cup when India lost to England by 9 runs much to the dismay of fans.

Earlier, England Women won the toss and opted to bat stitching a fine partnership between openers Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont. England was subjected to catharsis by Poonam Yadav, reducing the visitors to 95/3 conceding just one run followed by an attack by Ekta Bisht reducing the visitors to 124/5 at the end of 30 overs. Nevertheless, England managed to put up a respectable target with Fran Wilson‘s 45 (78) and Hazell’s 33(52).

The Indian chase began with a fiery knock from Mandhana- 83 off 109 balls.  The 21-year-old opener has been in great form this home season, notching top scores in almost all innings.

Decent contributions came from Harmanpreet Kaur (21 off 38) and Deepti Sharma (24 off 47).

Indian skipper Mithali Raj added another feather to her cap (literally) when she became the most capped player in Women Cricket with 192 ODI caps. However, she failed to perform with the bat getting out for a zero on a good length ball by Hazell.

England left-arm orthodox bowler Ecclestone got the better out of the Indian batting lineup taking 4 crucial wickets, delivering 2 maidens conceding only 37 runs in 10overs. Hazell and Elwiss took 2 wickets each. Surprisingly, Anya Shrubsole, England’s captain for the day and the architect of the England victory last year at Lords leaked ample runs with zero wickets in hand.

With India having a 1-0 lead in the 3 match series, the teams meet again on 9th April. With England looking to rub salt on the World Cup defeat wounds, Indian women ought to be armed with ointment. The wounds are still fresh.

Flash Scores:

India 208/9 (S Mandhana 86, S Ecclestone 4/37) beat England 207/10 (F Wilson 45, P Yadav 4/30) by 1 wicket.