England’s Danni Wyatt shone in her 150th T20I, leading her team to a 38-run victory over India.
On her 150th Twenty20 international game, Danni Wyatt stood out as England kicked off their first tour of India in four years with a strong 38-run win in Mumbai. Wyatt scored 75 runs and Nat Sciver-Brunt contributed 77, leading the team to a dominant total of 197 for six.
On her return after a four-month hiatus due to a shoulder injury, Sophie Ecclestone contributed greatly to the team’s success by taking three wickets for just 15 runs. This ensured that their efforts were not in vain.
Wyatt kicked off the game by being the initial English cricketer to hit the cap milestone. However, she quickly encountered a tough situation at the Wankhede Stadium when she lost two batting partners in the first over of the day, even before she scored her first run.
Renuka Singh played a key role in her team’s impressive beginning, dismissing Sophia Dunkley with a deflection off the bat, and then clean bowling Alice Capsey for zero runs with a superb delivery. Despite losing two early wickets, Wyatt and Sciver-Brunt remained composed and went on to score 138 runs off the following 87 balls.
Wyatt hit eight fours and two sixes, the first a slog sweep off Deepti Sharma and the second a big swing over long-off charging the debutant Shreyanka Patil. Sciver-Brunt added 13 boundaries of her own as the scoreboard raced along but Wyatt’s 47-ball attack ended with five overs left as she was stumped off the newcomer Saika Ishaque.
Heather Knight, the captain, was dismissed early and Sciver-Brunt was caught out in the 19th over. However, Amy Jones kept the game exciting by scoring 23 runs off nine balls towards the end.
Sciver-Brunt returned to action early in the chase, entering in the third over and causing an error from the formidable Smriti Mandhana, who was bowled out. Shafali Verma scored several fours to keep India on track with the necessary pace, but when Freya Kemp caught Jemima Rodrigues behind in the final over of the powerplay, it was another significant advantage for the visiting team.
India was counting on a strong partnership between Verma and Harmanpreet Kaur. Kaur showed signs of good form, but her momentum was cut short when Ecclestone came onto the field. Ecclestone, who had been out of play due to a shoulder injury since August, only needed one warm-up delivery before taking down Kaur with an inside edge.
India had five overs remaining, but they still required 74 runs. This allowed England to easily secure a decisive victory, with Ecclestone taking the wickets of Verma (52) and Ahuja.