The T20 series victory was secured by England’s bowlers as they decimated the Indian team.
England lost six wickets but this was still a shellacking. India were routed for 80 as the visitors secured a Twenty20 international series win, chasing down their target at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai inside 12 overs.
The six bowlers in Heather Knight’s team were happy as they won the game, with Alice Capsey scoring the most runs in the chase with 25 runs in 21 balls. The team is now leading 2-0 with one game left to play.
Charlie Dean returned to the game after being sick and immediately made an impact by bowling out Shafali Verma for a duck on only her second ball. With her skillful spin and clever changes, the English bowler also managed to catch Smriti Mandhana out in front of the wicket just three overs later.
The pads were consistently being hit: Harmanpreet Kaur was out leg-before to Nat Sciver-Brunt for nine and Jemimah Rodrigues – who put up a strong fight with a 33-ball 30 – was also dismissed the same way by Sarah Glenn.
Sophie Ecclestone amazed herself with a great one-handed catch off Richa Ghosh’s low return, and no late-game efforts from the lower-order were able to reach a score of 100; Rodrigues and Mandhana were the only batters to reach a score in the double digits.
England’s trio of spin bowlers combined for a total of six wickets, with Lauren Bell claiming two for 18 runs. Sciver-Brunt and Freya Kemp each took one wicket as well.
Renuka Singh’s wide deliveries on the leg side resulted in England scoring six runs before a proper delivery was bowled. However, the partnership between Sophia Dunkley and Danni Wyatt did not last long. Dunkley struggled to score nine runs before being dismissed by Renuka, who bowled a beautiful inswinger to go through Wyatt’s defenses. A 42-run partnership between Capsey and Sciver-Brunt calmed any worries, and even though there was a late collapse where Deepti Sharma took two wickets in two balls, it did not hinder England’s progress.
Ecclestone skillfully completed the final touches, managing to avoid three consecutive deliveries before securing the win with a lucky shot to the boundary.
“The conclusion didn’t go as expected, but the important thing is that we were able to achieve victory and win the series,” Capsey stated in an interview with the host broadcaster. “We haven’t played a flawless game of cricket yet, which is both thrilling and challenging, especially against a strong team like India.”