India 146 for 2 wickets (Mandhana 79*) defeated England 142 for 7 (Kemp 51*, Rana 3-24) by eight wickets
Mandhana All Category
Set a below-par target, thanks to England’s early collapse and India’s vastly outperformance on the field, Mandhana was instrumental in facing 53 balls and finding boundaries 13 times.
Dayalan Hemlata lost her off-stump to Freya Davis, who hit the outside edge and dropped India’s only other batsman, and Mandhana scored the winning run with back-to-back fours off Davis, through midwicket. Operated from and lofted on the bowler’s ball. Head toward long-off.
England stumbled, India stopped
England got off to a good start when Sophia Dunkley took four off Renuka Singh off midwicket on the third ball of the match and Wyatt thumped the fifth ball between backward point and short third. In the next over, however, Dunkley charged off Deepti Sharma’s first ball and was stumped by Richa Ghosh and Wyatt dismissed Sneh Rana to Renuka at first slip a short time later.
A combination of excellent fielding – a field in which India were ragged in the opening match – and a mistake by Ellis Capsi made it 16 for 3. Capsi hits Renuka through cover and starts coming back for the third run, seemingly unaware of Radha. Yadav’s brilliant effort to intercept the short ball off the rope and fire it fluidly at Harmanpreet inside the ring. Running to his right in deep and full stretches. As Bryony Smith held his ground at the non-striker’s end, Capsi also flat-footed halfway down the pitch, noticing that Harmanpreet threw to the keeper, who stumbled, but with Capsi Broke the stumps.
Had India not completely eliminated their fielding errors, there should have been a catch by Pooja Vastrakar to dismiss Smith for 12 as she ran from deep midwicket. But Smith fell in Radha’s brilliant diving effort on the next ball as he ran from long-on off Rana, who then attempted a reverse sweep to Amy Jones, who slipped from under the bat into the off-stump. Went down Maiya Boucher, who shared a 65-run partnership with Kemp, was also dropped by Kiran Navgire for 25 inside the ring, before Rana was stumped to take her third wicket.
Playing his eighth T20I but only batting second, Kemp came in at number 7 and went on to revive England’s innings with his 37-ball knock. He hit three sixes off Renuka, hitting Radha twice on the ground to book her load over deep midwicket. She completed her maiden international half-century with a straight four off the last ball of the innings and remained unbeaten on 51.
Kemp made his international debut at this ground less than two months ago against South Africa as England looked to improve their T20 squad ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Chosen mainly for his bowling because England surpassed veteran seamer Anya Shrubsole, who has retired from international cricket, and Katherine Brunt rested for the tour of India, she reached fifty in T20Is in 17 years and 145 days. Became the youngest English woman to reach She is the second youngest woman for England women in international cricket after Sarah Taylor, who scored 61 runs in an ODI against India in 2006 at the age of 17 years and 96 days.
Valkerie Baynes is the General Editor at ESPNcricinfo