India vs England: Three talking points from the second T20I

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England clinched the three-match T20I series by winning the second game by 5 wickets against India at Guwahati on March 7. 


England won the toss and elected to field first. Put into bat, India put up 23 runs in the first two overs and after that, the wickets started falling at a regular interval. Once again India’s batting collapsed in front of England’s bowling and they managed to put up mere 111 after 20 overs.

Chasing the mere 112, England too lost 5 wickets but Danielle Wyatt’s stable 64 guides England to a convincing win. With this win, England won the series as well by 2-0.

Here are the three talking points from the second encounter:

Katherine Brunt’s formidable form

Put into bat, India tried to score quickly within the powerplay where the opener Harleen Deol welcomed the bowler with a boundary. In the second over, captain Smriti Mandhana started with the six over mid-off and ended the over with another six over mid-on off Anya Shrubsole and put up 23 runs within 2 overs.

Till then everything was looking perfect. But Katherine Brunt had another plan. Captain Heather Knight gave the responsibility to her senior-most bowler Katherine Brunt. The first ball of the 3rd over was a dot ball while the second one was for a single. The trap was set for Mandhana in the third ball. Brunt gave a fuller length delivery and tempted Mandhana for a drive. But she failed to do so that produced outside edge and Amy Jones made no mistake as she took a well-judged low catch.

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Brunt came back for the fifth over where opener Harleen Deol hit a boundary in the second delivery towards backward point. Jemimah Rodrigues was on strike during the final ball of the over. She was standing deep in the crease and hoped to slog it across the line but played it down the wrong line and Brunt’s pace was too fast to handle. She was bowled for 2.

After that, wickets started falling at regular intervals. It was when the debutant Bharti Fulmali was looking confident and trying for big shots, Brunt cam for her final over. Brunt gave a slower delivery, Fulmali backed away to drive it wide of cover but failed to hit the bat and it smashed her stumps. The economical spells from the bowlers restricted India within a below per.

India’s dismal performance in batting

India is going through a transitional phase. They are currently looking out their best eleven in the T20s as the ICC World T20 2020 will be held in less than a year. After having lost in the semi-final of the ICC World T20 last year, India hasn’t won a single T20 game since then.

In New Zealand, only Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues were in form and scored most of the runs. Apart from them, no other batter was able to contribute in the middle and It is almost known by now that if you can dismiss Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues within the powerplay, then India will certainly be on backfoot.

The same thing is going on in the ongoing T20 series against England. Like the first T20, India had a dismal batting performance. After having lost Mandhana, Rodrigues and Harleen Deol within the powerplay, Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma tried to steady the ship, added 35 runs but a decent throw dismissed Sharma for 18 and left India struggling at 69-4 after 13 overs.

However, to accelerate the score, Mithali tried to hit big but ended up giving a catch to Winfield at long-on. India was never into the game as they were not able to make a strong partnership and fall of wickets at regular interval ended there inning at 111/8 after 20 overs.

Danielle Wyatt and Lauren Winfield’s 47-run partnership

After having restricted India within 111 on board, England was all confident to secure their second win in the series. Openers Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont gave a flying start to their team and added 28 runs in 5 overs.

However, Radha Yadav handed over the first breakthrough to India. It was a full and quick delivery and Beaumont came down the track which skidded through bat and pad and ended up smashing the leg stump.

The next was Poonam Yadav who struck again in her first over as she picked up Jones for 5. Ekta Bisht too didn’t allow Sciver and Knight to become more dangerous and trapped both of them in the 9th and 11th over respectively before the stumps for 1 and 2.

England was soon reduced to 57-4 after 11 overs and the pressure fell upon Wyatt and Winfield to get past the winning line. They started building the partnership where Wyatt took the charge and Winfield supported her well. 

Both of them started timing the ball well and when they got settled down, it became difficult for the bowlers to dismiss them. Their steady partnership helped England to reach the 100-run mark in 17 overs. However, in the 18th over, Deepti Sharma broke the 47-run partnership when she picked up Winfield for 29 with a well-judged catch by Rodrigues.

By then, England was pretty much on the way of winning. Wyatt’s stable knock of 64 off 55 made the winning foundation for her team. England won the game by 5 wickets and took an unassailable lead of 2-0 in this three-match T20I series.

Both the team will play their final T20I match on March 9 in Guwahati, Assam.

India vs England: 3 talking points from the third encounter

After having lost the first two encounters due to poor performances, England bounced back beautifully in the third match of their three-match ODI series against India at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. 


Both the teams made one change to their playing eleven. Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad came in place of Ekta Bisht whereas Danielle Wyatt replaced injured Sophie Ecclestone in their playing XI; which turned out to be a shrewd decision, with Wyatt putting in a match-winning performance.

However, India once again lost in the third encounter of the three-match ODI series for the fourth time in their ICC Women’s Championship (2017-20). Earlier, they lost in their third match to South Africa and Sri Lanka in 2018 after having won the series. This year, the same thing happened as they lost to New Zealand earlier this year and then to England.

Though with this series win, India continued their winning streak against England at their home soil.

Let’s have a look at three talking points from their third encounter:

Stable partnership between Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut

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India won the toss and elected to bat first. However, India’s innings did not start on a high note as their opener Jemimah Rodrigues once again dismissed for a two-ball duck to Brunt. Her dismissal brought Punam Raut on the crease. Smriti Mandhana, who has been in a great form, tried to steady the ship with Punam Raut. Both added 129-run together to provide a solid foundation in the total.

In her 50th ODI game, Smriti Mandhana scored another half-century in 56 balls. She hit the ball behind square, took a single and completed her 16th half-century. Raut, who got dismissed on 32 in the second game, played a steady inning and scored her 11th half-century.

Both of them looked comfortable in the middle until 28th over as Brunt dismissed both of them in the 29th over and from thereafter, India’s struggle of scoring started. Smriti Mandhana scored a 74-ball 66 which included eight boundaries and a six. Her partner, Raut scored 56 off 97 with seven boundaries.

Katherine Brunt’s firing spell

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Elected to bat first, India made a solid foundation with their two experienced players – Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut. Both of them added 129 runs in 28th over. Mandhana scored her 16th ODI half-century and Raut scored her 11th ODI half-century. They were literally destroying England’s bowling attack and at that point of time, England was searching the ways to break the partnership.

Captain Heather Knight gave the responsibility to her senior-most bowler Katherine Brunt; who came, saw and conquered. The first two balls of the 29th over were dot balls. Mandhana hit the first one towards mid-on while the second one was full outside off. The trap was set for Mandhana in the third ball. Brunt changed the pace and it was a short ball. Mandhana pulled and hit it towards deep square leg which safely landed in Wyatt’s hands. That was the breakthrough which England were looking for a long time.

The over literally belonged to Brunt only. Another set batter Punam Raut faced the last delivery of the over. It was fuller length delivery which Raut tried to push but the gap between her bat and pad allowed the ball to slip through the gap and hit the stumps. Raut was bowled for 56 and India were reduced to 131-3 by the end of the 29th overs.

India left with two new batters on the crease – captain Mithali Raj and Mona Meshram. Like every team, they too were trying to build another partnership. But Brunt had other plans as she picked up Meshram in the fourth ball of the over when she was trapped before the stumps. Meshram once again went for a duck.

Brunt came for her seventh over. India captain Mithali Raj was on strike during the fourth ball of the over. It was a pitched up delivery and Raj was a little late in getting her bat down, she played it outside the line. It was a big inside edge which hit her pad and went upwards where Sarah Taylor did no mistake and took a well-judged catch. At first, they appealed for Leg before, but the umpire decided to give it a caught out after seeing the ball in Taylor’s gloves.

India captain departed for 7. It was Brunt’s fifth five-wicket haul. India started struggling at 143-5 by the end of the 33 overs and England were back in the game by then. Brunt single-handedly changed the way of the game and from there, India were not able to back in the game again and managed to put up 205 in their allotted overs.

Heather Knight and Danielle Wyatt’s 69-run partnership

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After having restricted India within 205 on board, England were all confident to secure their first win in the series. Openers Amy Jones and Tammy Beaumont gave a flying start to their team where Jones welcomed Goswami with a boundary. Both added 25 runs in 5 overs.

However, Goswami handed over the first breakthrough to India. It was a short delivery and Jones went for a pull short. It got a top-edge and Mandhana took an easy catch at mid-on. Beaumont looked composed in the middle and hit Shikha Pandey for a boundary and a six in the eighth over. Goswami struck again in the 9th over as she picked up Winfield for 2.

Goswami didn’t allow Beaumont to become more dangerous as she picked up Beaumont for 21 with Meshram taking a catch at slip. Deepti Sharma was next who bagged the wicket of Natalie Sciver. Sarah Taylor, who came to bat at number 5, too went for another low score (2) and left England struggling at 49-5 after 15 overs.

Danielle Wyatt then joined her captain Heather Knight at the crease. The pressure fell upon them to get past the winning line. They started building the partnership where Knight took the charge and Wyatt supported her well. Knight hit to back to back boundaries in the 16th over and did the same in the next over also.

Both of them particularly chose spinners to score big. Their steady partnership helped England to reach 100-run mark within 26 overs. However, in the 31st over, Poonam Yadav broke the 69-run partnership when she picked up Knight for 47 with a well-judged catch by Bhatia.

England were 118-6 when they lost their captain. However, Wyatt made another 56-run partnership with Georgia Elwiss before getting dismissed after scoring her first ODI half-century (56 off 82). Her inning made the winning foundation for her team. Later, Elwiss and Brunt added another 30 runs before she got out for 18.

Elwiss, however, stood strong at the other end, scored a 53-ball 33 and helped England get past the line along with Anya Shrubsole who finished the game in style by hitting a boundary through square leg.

Both the team will now play a three-match T20I series from March 4 in Guwahati, Assam.

T20 Women’s World Cup, 2018 – 5 Cricketers To Follow

T20 Women's World Cup, 2018 - 5 Cricketers To Follow

With the ICC Women’s World T20 ahead most of the fans are excited to see their favorite players make a mark in the ICC event.


The focus will be more on stars like Mithali Raj, Ellyse Perry, Heather Knight, and Stephanie Taylor but there are quite a few players who are ready to dazzle in this T20 extravaganza.

 

Ashleigh Gardner

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Ashleigh Gardner (Photo: Getty Images)

In a team full of batting stars, Ashleigh Gardner has made first-down a permanent spot in the T20 format with her big hitting. She had a wonderful Women’s Big Bash League early this year where she scored a blistering 52-ball 114 to take her team Sydney Sixers to 242, the highest total in any Women’s T20 domestic match in Australia. Gardner hit 21 sixes in that tournament, easily the highest in that count. For Australia, she was instrumental in the recent T20’s against Pakistan with back to back 50’s. She bats at a strike rate close to 137. She is also a handy off-spinner who will provide necessary bowling options for Australia. For this second Australian indigenous woman to play the sport, this is the right time to take the game to next level and play a key part in taking back the trophy to Australia after 2014.

Sophie Devine

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Sophie Devine (Photo: Getty Images)

A veteran of 76 T20Is for White Ferns, Sophie Devine is a key player with her all-round ability. With Suzie Bates, she has developed one of the lethal opening combinations of Women’s cricket. She also provides solidity in the bowling department with her four steadies over of medium pace in the middle. Making mark is not always easy when you mostly bat with Bates, but Devine snatched the limelight in more than one situation. Most notably in 2016 Women’s World Cup, she blasted 91 of 43 balls against Pakistan with record-breaking nine sixes. More recently she has made another 59-ball century against Ireland which gave ample proof of her hitting capabilities. Devine has to be one of the prime performers for her team if they want to take the coveted trophy home.

Danielle Wyatt

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Danielle Wyatt (Photo: Getty Images)

Danielle Wyatt made herself well known to Indian fans when she asked Kohli to marry her in one of her tweets. It was 2014 and Wyatt was just a fringe player in England set up. But in recent times she has turned quite a few heads with her performance and made herself a permanent member of the English Women’s team. Her power hitting abilities suit the shortest format the most and as a result, she now has experience of 83 T20I’s accumulating 994 runs till now with an impressive strike rate of 127.10. She is only the second woman cricketer after Deandra Dottin to have two T20 Internationals Hundreds, one of those coming in March this year against India in Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. She is also a handy off-break bowler and bowls quite frequently for her team providing key breakthroughs. England team is surely going to miss the experience of Sarah Taylor in the middle order, but the eyes will be on Wyatt to provide the necessary firepower in the batting line up.

 

Dane Van Niekerk

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Dane Van Niekerk (Photo: Getty Images)

With close to 10 years of experience in international cricket, Dane Van Niekerk is one of the brightest stars in Women’s game. She is also an inspirational leader for South Africa who leads from the front as she did against West Indies in 2017 World cup when in her 20 ball spell she took 4 wickets without conceding a run. It was the only instance in international cricket for any bowler to take 4 wickets without a single run against his or her name. Apart from being a leg-spinner with a prodigious turn, she is also a key batsman for the team.  In T20 she generally opens for the team and gives a breezy start.  Currently, she has more than 1,500 runs with 9 fifties and an average nearing 29 in T20. Niekerk was visibly upset when South Africa ended last WWC in the semi-final stage. She would certainly like to give her all to change the results for her team in this World T20.

 

Jemimah Rodrigues

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Jamimah Rodrigues has only 9 month’s experience in international cricket but in this short time, she has already made a name for herself as one of the mainstays for Indian batting line up and a sharp fielder. Rodrigues was not even 18 when she made her debut against South Africa in their den and in her very first match scored a crucial 37 batting at number four to help India complete a tricky chase. She got instant fame with a wonderful well-judged catch in the boundary line in her 5th T20 International. She was also instrumental in India’s recent 4-0 win over Sri Lanka with two back to back fifties followed by 46 in the final match of the series. Currently, she has a career strike rate of 137.14, one of the highest in the circuit. She has every bit of talent and attitude to become a superstar among the new generation of Women’s cricket’s fan base. This World T20 can be a perfect platform for Rodrigues to take herself towards the path of greatness.