Smriti Mandhana scored 79 runs off 53 balls which helped India roar back in the series. Smriti’s knock helped India win the match by 8 wickets with 20 balls to spare.
Indian women’s cricket team came back in the ongoing T20I series versus England after winning the match by 8 wickets in Derby on Tuesday. Smriti Mandhana shined in the match because of her unbeaten 79-run inning off 53, which helped Women in Blue equalize the series by 1-1.
Indian off-spinner Sneh Rana took three wickets in the match. India came back stronger after losing the first T20I by nine wickets
Who won the toss?
England won the toss and decided to bat first, but things went South for them in the first inning as they lost the first wicket by 9 runs on the first ball of the second over. India’s player Smriti Mandhana contributed with the bat and Sneh Rana with the ball which allowed team India to win the match and helped them to level up the series by 1-1.
England’s first inning:
England’s players lost their wickets early in the match and the team lost their 3 wickets on 16 runs in just three overs. The fall of early wickets put the England team on the back foot.
England lost their 5 wickets on 54 runs in the 10th over of the match. England was in a tough situation as they lost their wickets at regular intervals. England’s player Freya Kemp ( 51 not out off 37 balls) and Maia Bouchier ( 34 off 26) restored their innings with the partnership of 65 runs for the sixth wicket.
The 17-year-old teenager Freya Kemp smacked three fours and three sixes during their knock, and Maia Bouchier made her inning more beautiful with four boundaries.
But Sneh Rana broke this wonderful partnership by taking the wicket of Bouchier stumped by Richa Ghosh in the 18th over of the match. England set a target of 143 runs for the team in Blue.
Smriti Mandhana’s knock:
Indian opener Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana started well and had a partnership of 55 runs in the first six overs which gave India a good start to the match. India lost their first wicket on the last ball of the sixth over that Sophie Ecclestone caught and bowled Shafali Verma for 20(17). After that, India lost their second wicket in the form of Dayalan Hemalatha, who scored 9 runs on 10 balls in the 9th over on 77 runs. After that, Indian skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur came and both Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur chased the run and lead India to victory in just 16.4 overs.
The star of the match, Smriti Mandhana scored 79 runs off 53 balls and smacked thirteen boundaries in the match, and India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur decorated her inning with 4 boundaries. Shafali Verma also smacked 4 boundaries.
Player of the Match:
Smriti Mandhana with her beautiful inning became the Player of the match. In the post-match presentation, Smriti said that team India was keen to make a comeback and she was pushing herself to not play any bad shots. Smriti further added that she is very happy that she was able to contribute and helped the team to level the series by winning this match.