After having clinched the three-match ODI series by 2-1 against England, India faced England in the first T20I at Guwahati where they lost by 41 runs.
After having won the last ODI, England continued their good form in the 1st T20I match. From the first wicket partnership to restricting India within a below par, England were far better than India.
There was not only one point, but in every way, England dominated their counterpart – be it opener Tammy Beaumont’s blitzy half-century, captain Heather Knight’s quickfire 40 or bowlers’ economical spells.
With this convincing win, England took an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the three-match T20I series.
Let’s have a look at three talking points from the 1st T20I at Guwahati:
The opening partnership between Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont
After having won in the toss, India elected to field. Put into bat, England managed only just 14 runs in the first three overs. But after that, it was all the batters’ show.
In the fourth over, both Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont started opening their arms, hit three boundaries to Deepti Sharma. The way Tammy Beaumont and Danielle Wyatt played the shots, were a treat to watch. They found the gaps with ease.
Their formidable form helped them to reach 50-run mark within seven overs. It became difficult for the India bowlers to get past them when both the batters got set at the crease. They both added 89-run together to provide a solid foundation for their team.
However, Shikha Pandey handed over the first breakthrough to India. Wyatt missed the back length delivery, nearly found the gap and hit over the cover. Mandhana did no mistake, moved to her right and grabbed a fantastic catch. She dismissed for 35 but till then she already did the damage in the bowling line up.
Heather Knight’s blitzy 40
Put into bat, England openers Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont made a solid foundation of 89 runs. However, Wyatt dismissed for 35 and soon Natalie Sciver too joined her in the dugout after scoring mere 4.
At that time, captain Heather Knight came to her side’s rescue and tried to steady the ship with Tammy Beaumont. She looked comfortable right from the start of her innings. Along with Beaumont, she added a 59-run.
However, India tried to their best and restricted England to 124 for 2 in 17 overs. But one over changed the game in England’s favour. In the 18th over, Knight hit Arundhati Reddy for five consecutive fours which guided England to score 160 after 20 overs.
Economical bowling from the bowlers
After having lost in the toss and put into bat, England had a good time with the bat. With the 89-run opening partnership and Heather Knight’s blitzy 40, they put up a decent competitive total of 160 on board.
In the second innings, it was on bowlers how they could perform and restrict India. However, they showed an impressive form. Like the last ODI, the veteran Katherine Brunt was the first one to give a breakthrough to her team as she picked up Harleen Deol for 8.
Though it was not a matter of tension, as the two best of the batters – Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues were on the crease. But it was Linsey Smith who left India into big trouble as she picked up the two big wickets of Mandhana and Rodrigues in her consecutive deliveries in the fourth over.
Two new batters – Mithali Raj and Veda Krishnamurthy were on the crease and before they could settle down properly, Mithali Raj got out by Kate Cross. Growing asking rate left no option except for big hitting and that led Mithali Raj’s dismissal in the 9th over. Veda Krishnamurthy was next to follow and India were reduced to 46-5 after the halfway mark.
Bowlers’ economical spell didn’t allow the batters to settle down on the crease for a long time. However, Deepti Sharma, Arundhati Reddy, and Shikha Pandey added 63 runs between them so that the chase went till the last over. But that was not enough for India to win and England claimed a thumping 41-run win over India.
The second T20I will be played at the same ground on Thursday, March 7.