India vs England: Three talking points from the third T20I game

India vs England: Three talking points from the third T20I game

After having won the first two T20I games against India, England clinched a nail-biting 1-run win in the third and final game at Guwahati.  

From restricted England within a below par to Smriti Mandhana’s half-century and Kate Cross’ final over, the game saw plenty of things.

Here are the three talking points from the game

Clinical performance by India spinners

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Having won the toss and elected to bat first, England openers Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont gave a flying start. From hitting a huge maximum in the second over off Deepti Sharma to hitting back to back boundaries off Shikha Pandey in the very next over, both the batters started hitting all over the park. Their stormy innings helped them to put up 42 runs within the powerplay.

To stop the run flow, captain Smriti Mandhana brought back Anuja Patil in the 8th over; who was playing her first match in the series and conceded only three runs in her first over. The decision became fruitful as her second delivery picked up Danielle Wyatt. It was wide outside off, Wyatt tried to hit but landed in the short third man where Poonam Yadav was standing. The first breakthrough came for India in the form of her dismissal.

Next was Natalie Sciver; who got bowled by Poonam Yadav in the very next over. Sciver had a rather forgettable T20I series as she went for a six-ball duck. Anuja Patil struck again and picked up Beaumont in the next over and England were soon reduced to 54-3 after 10 overs.

From that onwards, England were never looked in control and wickets started falling at regular interval. Due to some brilliant spells from the spinners, England were restricted within 119-6 after 20 overs.

Smriti Mandhana’s blitzy half-century

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After having restricted England within a below-par total of 119, India too tried to get a flying start but opener Harleen Deol couldn’t stay long as she fell for 1 in the second over to Shrubsole. Her dismissal brought Jemimah Rodrigues in the crease. But her struggle continued as she scored mere 11 off 22.

However, Mandhana was there at the other end. After getting dismissed very early in the first two games, she played a captain’s knock in the third game. She has troubled every bowler by hitting boundaries. When Rodrigues got dismissed she was on 39 and India were 59-2. That time India needed a partnership to win the game.

Mandhana got the partner in the form of veteran Mithali Raj; who is best known for her ability to anchor the innings. Both started building a stable partnership. While Mandhana as a set batter, took the charge, Mithali supported her brilliantly. In the 11th over, Mandhana completed her ninth T20I half-century in 32 balls.

Both the batters were looking comfortable in the middle. But England were looking for a wicket so that India’s run-chase becomes slow. Laura Marsh was successful to break the partnership as she picked up dangerous Smriti Mandhana for 58. It was a flatter delivery around off and Mandhana was looking to hit towards third man but the ball went straight and took the inside edge and hit the stumps. Mandhana’s 39-ball 58 included 8 boundaries and a six.

When she got dismissed, India needed 33 runs to win in 7 overs. It was an easy job for India as the experienced Mithali Raj was at the crease and India had some other batters as well who were able to get past the line.

The final over

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It says that the penultimate over of an innings is more important than the final over. But here, the last over made all the difference. India needed 18 runs in last three over. Natalie Sciver came for the 18th over. Mithali Raj was on the strike, hit the boundary towards the third man on the first delivery and another on the fifth delivery towards point region. That took off the pressure off from the inexperienced Bharati Fulmali. Mithali Raj hit a boundary over the cover in the next over and India were needed only 3 runs in the final over.

To conceded mere 3 runs, England captain Heather Knight took the responsibility to Kate Cross; who didn’t get any wickets before in the game. Fulmali wasn’t able to rotate the strike on the first three deliveries. Kate Cross was so accurate in her line and length and Fulmali couldn’t handle the pressure.

She hit the fourth ball direct to the mid-off player and got dismissed for 5. Anuja Patil came in. It was not difficult for her as she is known as ‘T20 specialist’. But she missed the line and got stumped in the fifth ball. Shikha Pandey faced the final delivery and managed to score only one run and England claimed a scintillating 1-run win in the final encounter.

On the other end, Mithali Raj was standing helplessly. She was timing the ball well but didn’t get a chance to face a single ball in the last over. Kate Cross bowled an exceptional over and England managed to restrict within 118.

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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: Three talking points from the first T20I

India vs England: Three talking points from the first T20I

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

India vs England: 3 talking points from the second encounter

India vs England: 3 talking points from the second encounter

India clinched the three-match ODI series against England by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead with a comprehensive win at Mumbai on Monday, 25 February. 

Like the 1st ODI, England had a dismal performance, again. Apart from Natalie Sciver, other batters failed to get going and could add only 161 and bowled out prior o their allotted 50 overs.

There was not only one point, but in every way, India dominated their counterpart – be it opener Smriti Mandhana’s blitzy half-century, captain Mithali Raj’s unbeaten 47 or Jhulan Goswami-Shikha Pandey’s four-wicket haul each.

With this convincing win, India continued their winning streak against England at their home soil. India first hosted England in the season of 1995/96 and they have never lost to England in an ODI series at home against them. This is their sixth series win against England at home.

Let’s have a look at three talking points from the low scoring encounter at Wankhede, Mumbai:

Natalie Sciver’s fighting 85

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After having won the toss, England chose to bat first. But their decision soon became their nightmare as Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey cleaned up top four batters within 14 overs and left them struggling at 44/4.

Sciver came to her side’s rescue and tried to steady the ship with Lauren Winfield. She looked comfortable right from the start of her innings. Along with Lauren Winfield, she added a 49-run partnership before Winfield got dismissed and left England struggling at 93/5.

It was at that point when she ensured that she did not lose her wicket as well as took the charge of scoring. Sciver then decided to hit Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav mainly, after not getting any room from the two pacers. However, both Georgia Elwiss and Katherine Brunt departed for ducks by Shikha Pandey and left England at 95/7.

Anya Shrubsole and Sophie Ecclestone tried their best to support Sciver and guided till 119/9. At that point, England’s innings looked like it would end soon. However, the last wicket partnership between Alex Hartley and Natalie Sciver slowly build the innings from there on and added 42 runs in eight overs; where Alex Hartley scored no runs.

It was a solo effort from Natalie Sciver which helped England to put up 161 on board.

Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey’s masterclass pace-bowling

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After Heather Knight won the toss and decided to bat first on a wicket that was batting friendly at first along with spin friendly, the Indian fast bowlers were right on their skill which certainly troubled England throughout the series.

Both Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey were bowling with a plan. Goswami’s accurate line along with Pandey’s inswingers didn’t five the batters any room to free their hands; which eventually worked very well. Australia lost their three top-order batters within the powerplay.

Their economical spell didn’t allow the batters to settle down on the crease for a long time. Except for Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver and Lauren Winfield; who did reach the double figures only. Among them, only Sciver was there who scored a stable 109-ball 85.

Goswami and Pandey bowled 12 of the first 14 overs and left England struggling at 44/4. The duo returned for their second spell and cleaned up England’s middle and lower-middle order. Goswami ended up taking 4 wickets in her 8.3 overs while Pandey took her career-best 4/18 in her 10 overs spell.

Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey take eight wickets between them which is by far the most wickets taken by India’s pacers in any ODI.

Charismatic Smriti Mandhana and elegant Mithali Raj

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After England put up a mere total of 161 on board, India’s chase did not start on a high note as their in-form opener Jemimah Rodrigues struggled to score and finally getting dismissed for a 10-ball duck.

However, Smriti Mandhana, who didn’t score big in the first ODI, fulfilled in the second. After Rodrigues’ dismissal, she tried to steady the ship with Punam Raut; who replaced newcomer Harleen Deol in the playing XI and both added 73-run together to provide a solid foundation for the run chase.

Raut meanwhile missed Elwiss’ delivery down leg-side and Sarah Taylor’s lightning-quick glove work sent her in the dugout for 32. The captain Mithali Raj joined her vice-captain at the crease. Both made another strong partnership of 66 runs. Mandhana scored her 19th half-century by hitting Ecclestone to a boundary between deep fine and deep mid.

Mandhana’s half-century levelled former captain Anjum Chopra’s record of the scoring half-century. Only present captain Mithali Raj, has more 50+ scores for India. However, she scored 63 off 74 with seven fours and a six before getting trapped in front of the wicket by Anya Shrubsole when India required only 22 runs to win.

On the other hand, Mithali Raj played another captain’s knock, along with a brilliant captaincy earlier in the game, showed her class and stamped her authority in her unbeaten 47 off 69; which included eight boundaries. However, the winning runs came from the captain’s bat when she hit Elwiss over mid-wicket and finished the game in style.

The third and final ODI will be played at the same ground on Thursday, February 28. After the completion of the ODI series, both the teams will play a three-match T20I series at Guwahati from March 4.

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India vs England: 5 Players To Watch Out For The Series

After having a 2-1 series win over New Zealand, India are all set to face England for a three-match ODI series. 

As the ICC Women’s Championship (2017-20) is going on and the series against White Ferns is done and dusted, now it’s time for India to take on England on India’s home soil. The series will begin from February 22 in Mumbai. This series is equally important for both the teams. India is currently in the fourth position in the points table with 12 points while England at the seventh place with 10 points.

Prior to the series against England, here are the 5 players who should watch out for:

Smriti Mandhana

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The most important player in the India team right now is none other than Smriti Mandhana. The classy left-hander has been in the top form for the last two years. From becoming the ‘Player of the Series’ in the ODI series against New Zealand to become the No. 1 batter in the ‘ICC ODI Batting Ranking’, Mandhana is smashing every record.

Mandhana scored 196 runs in 3 matches including a century and an unbeaten 90 in the recently concluded series against New Zealand and she is improving day by day. Her maiden Super League ended on a high note with the score of 421 in 9 innings with the strike rate of 174.69. Her strike-rate of 174.69 is better than anyone else’s strike-rate by far in the KIA Super League and Women’s Big Bash League.

She now holds the record of scoring the fastest fifty in T20 to her name. She slammed a 61-ball 102 in the recently concluded Super League and became the second India player to score a century in T20 after Mithali Raj. She has scored two centuries and eight half-centuries in 15 matches since the beginning of the last year, 2018.

Mandhana also became the first Indian as well as the second woman cricketer to score centuries in South Africa-England-New Zealand-Australia. She has the ability to score plenty of runs in the powerplay and currently leading the batting chart of ICC Women’s Championship with 684 runs in 12 matches. Her devastating form will help her side to score big as well as to chase in the tournament.

Also Read: Mandhana tops in ICC ODI Ranking

Jemimah Rodrigues

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Another player who can play a pivotal role for India is the youngster Jemimah Rodrigues. She came into limelight when she smashed a double century (202 off 163 balls) in the U-19 match against Saurashtra. She made her debut during the South Africa series in the shortest format of the game in 2018 and played her first ODI match against Australia last year.

From the last one year, she has been consistent with the bat. She has played 7 ODIs and 22 T20Is so far and has 731 International runs in her name. Currently, the ranked no. 2 in the ICC T20I Batting Ranking, Rodrigues has the ability to become one of the key batters for India and she can pose a great threat to the opponents as well.

Sarah Taylor

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England’s wicketkeeper-batter Sarah Taylor has returned to the squad after having played an ODI nearly seven months ago against New Zealand at Derby. She had missed the ICC World T20 last year for her anxiety issues. She has appeared in 118 ODIs so far and she has scored 3945 runs.

Moreover, no one can forget her lightening quick glove-work behind the stumps. She is one of the great hurdles for the opponents in the way of victory. Earlier, she had missed the World T20 in 2016 and was on a break but returned to the game during the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017. She plays an important role in her side’s win over India in the scintillating tournament.

However, the upcoming ODI series will be her first 50-over series in India since the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2013 and her inclusion surely help England in their win.

Heather Knight

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England captain Heather Knight is the other player who can give a tough fight to the opponent. Though her journey in the national squad had started as a replacement of injured Sarah Taylor during their tour to India in 2010. She got the chance in the 5th One Day International match on March 1 in Mumbai and scored 49 on her debut. She is also the first woman cricketer to score a fifty and to take a five-wicket haul in an ODI inning.

She has been in a prolific form for the last couple of years. She scored 374 runs in 13 matches in the fourth edition of Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). She had a rather impressive tournament in the KIA Super League, last year; where she had amassed 368 runs in 13 innings with a strike rate of 133.82 and became the second highest run-getter only after Smriti Mandhana.

Recently she scored an unbeaten 64 and guided her side to a 2-wicket win over Board President’s XI in the warm-up game. Ever since she got the captaincy, she leads with an example. Having more than 3,000 runs and 63 wickets in 145 International matches, she can upset any of the opponents with ease.

Poonam Yadav

India vs England: 5 Players To Watch Out For The Series
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Right now, one of the most dependable bowlers of India is undoubtedly the leg-spinner Poonam Yadav. The leg break bowler has been in a wonderful form throughout the year. She was the highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded series against White Ferns; where she bagged six wickets in three One Day Internationals.

She scalped 20 wickets in 12 ICC Women’s Championship (2017*20) matches including a 4-fer and currently placed at the third position only after Sana Mir and Leigh Kasperek. She is currently in her career-best ICC ranking of no. 2 in the shortest format of the game and placed at 9th in the ODI bowling list.

Her googly can trouble any batter and she can take wickets at any crucial moment. She has her best bowling figure in ODI against Sri Lanka (4/13) and in T20I against Bangladesh (4/9). Captain’s go-to bowler, Poonam Yadav can play a major role in India’s win.

Though England beat India many a time, India have never lost a bilateral series in their home soil. It will be interesting to see whether Heather Knight and Co. can break India’s record or India will keep their winning streak intact over England.

Harmanpreet Kaur rules out of England ODIs; Harleen Deol gets maiden call-up

Injured Harmanpreet Kaur rules out of England ODIs; Harleen Deol gets maiden call-up

India got the big blow prior to the One Day International (ODI) series against England as Harmanpreet Kaur ruled out of the series due to an ankle injury. 

India T20 captain as well as ODI vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been ruled out of the three-match ODI series against England in Mumbai due to an ankle injury. The three-match ODI series will be a part of the ICC Women’s Championship (2017-20) which is scheduled to be played from February 22.

Kaur has been suffering from the injury for quite some time now. Her injury got worse a few days ago when she was training under coach Munish Bali in Patiala. She even trained with the team during the fielding session on Tuesday, but later it was found that she isn’t fit yet. She underwent a scan later in the day where it was revealed that she has a grade-2 tear in the left ankle.

“Harmanpreet Kaur has suffered an ankle injury after returning from New Zealand and is ruled out of the upcoming three-match Paytm ODI series against England Women,” read the release from the BCCI

The 29-year-old will fly to Bangalore soon for a consultation at the National Cricket Academy. There her injury will be evaluated further.

“Harmanpreet was unable to participate fully in the team training session because of pain and will now head to NCA in Bengaluru for her rehab.”

Harmanpreet Kaur’s injury has opened the door for the newbie Harleen Deol; who got her maiden call-up. The bowling all-rounder from Himachal Pradesh has got the chance for an impressive performance in the Challenger Trophy last month.

She was a part of the warm-up game against England on Monday, where she hit four boundaries in her 29-ball 21 for the Board President’s XI prior to her dismissal by Natalie Sciver. The opening batter who also bats in the middle-order, Deol had played a pivotal role in Himachal Pradesh’s journey to the semi-finals in the One Day tournament during the domestic season 2018-19.

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However, nothing has been decided yet whether Harmanpreet Kaur will play in the three-match Twenty20 International series which will be played after the ODI series. The three-match T20I series will be played in Guwahati on March 4, 7 and 9. This is the first time Kaur is going to miss an entire international tournament because of injury. Earlier, she didn’t take part in the Kia Super League in 2017 edition in England because of an injury.

Harmanpreet Kaur leads the team in the shortest format of the game and if she fails to recover in the scheduled time, the T20 vice-captain Smriti Mandhana will lead the team in the series. Earlier, Mandhana had led her state Maharashtra in the domestic circuit. She has also led India Red to the title win in the 50-over Challenger Trophy in January 2018. Recently, she led the Board President’s XI in the warm-up game with the example.

India’s squad for ODI series: 

Mithali Raj (Captain), Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), R Kalpana (wicket-keeper), Mona Meshram, Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Punam Raut, Harleen Deol

Jemimah Rodrigues secures career-best No. 2 spot in ICC T20I Rankings

Jemimah Rodrigues secures career-best No. 2 spot in ICC T20I Rankings

Though India lost the recently concluded T20I series against White Ferns by 3-0, India’s star batter Jemimah Rodrigues has achieved the career-best No. 2 spot among batters in the ICC T20I Rankings. 

Jemimah Rodrigues had a successful tour in New Zealand both in ODI and T20Is. She has scored 132 runs in the three-match series against New Zealand. Her performance lifted her four places to the second place among batters.

Smriti Mandhana, who is currently at the No. 1 place among batters in ODIs, has moved up four spots and placed at the sixth position in the ICC T20I Rankings. She was the leading run-getter in the recently concluded series against White Ferns where she amassed 180 runs, including two half-centuries and a quickfire 86 in the last match in Hamilton where India lost by two runs.

Whereas India T20 vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues have moved up in the rankings, T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur has moved down to the seventh position for her not-so-good New Zealand series. Veteran Mithali Raj found her out of the Top 10 batters and currently placed at No. 11 in among batters. 

India spinners too have shown impressive performances. Radha Yadav moved up 18 places and found herself within the top 10 bowlers after picking up four wickets in the series, and Deepti Sharma jumped up five places to 14th among the bowlers.

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Apart from India, New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine has jumped up three places to the eighth position among batters after scoring 153 runs in the recently concluded series against India while captain Amy Satterthwaite’s 87 runs helped her to be placed at 17th position. Lea Tahuhu has jumped up five spots to 11th position among bowlers while Suzie Bates retained her spot at the top.

West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin has been in a great form and helped her side to a 2-1 series win against Pakistan. Dottin has lifted up two places to the third place among batters after scoring 158 runs in the series. She took three wickets which helped her placed at 29th among bowlers. Because of her wonderful performances. she is currently at the No. 1 among all-rounders.

Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof and Javeria Khan both are sharing the 15th position among batters after Maroof has gained three places. Former captain Sana Mir, who is the No. 1 bowler in the ODI, has jumped up six places to 28th position among the T20I bowlers after bagging three wickets in the recently concluded series against West Indies.

South Africa, on the other hand, had a successful series. They claimed a 3-0 win over Sri Lanka where captain Dane van Niekerk jumped up three places to achieve her career-best 12th spot among batters. She has moved up six spots to 20th among the bowlers and up two positions to third among all-rounders’ rankings. Shabnim Ismail moved up four places to seventh and Marizanne Kappe jumped up seven places to 22nd among bowlers. For Sri Lanka, experienced all-rounder Shashikala Siriwardene has placed at the 30th position after jumped up four places.

Apart from them, Esha Oza of the United Arab Emirates moved up 44 places to 46th among batters and Thailand pair of Chanida Sutthiruang jumped up 15 places to 38th and Nattaya Boochatham placed at 40th among bowlers.

In the ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings, New Zealand is currently in the second place, surpassing England. Australia, the winner of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup last year, has retained the place at No. 1 while the West Indies and India are placed at fourth and fifth position respectively. 

BCCI are ready to run Women’s T20 exhibition matches during IPL 2019

BCCI are ready to run Women's T20 exhibition matches during IPL 2019

The BCCI is all set to organise Women’s T20 exhibition matches during the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019). 

According to the ESPNCricinfo, the BCCI is going to repeat their action by arranging Women’s T20 exhibition matches during the IPL. Along with Indian players, overseas players will be featured too in the games. 

During the last year’s IPL, the BCCI had conducted one Women’s T20 exhibition match at the Wankhede Stadium on May 22 in Mumbai, but this year the board has decided that they will conduct more than one matches during that period.

The planning of starting these exhibition matches during the IPL has been going for a couple of months now. Though, a full-fledged league is not possible in India now as they don’t have depth in the domestic pool of players. However, Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and Kia Super League (KSL) are pretty much popular in Australia and England respectively. Eight teams participate in WBBL while six teams play in KSL. India T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishnamurthy have been featured in these leagues already along with other overseas players.

Last year in Mumbai, two teams had played in the exhibition match – the IPL Supernovas and the IPL Trailblazers. Both the team comprised of overseas players along with Indian players. The match was an experiment of starting an IPL style Women’s T20 league in India.

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The match was a nail-biting one as the game went to the last ball and the match was televised by the board’s host broadcaster, Star Sports. Though there were not much crowd at the venue, because the game had started at 2 pm and it was on a weekday. Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana were the captains of the Supernovas and the Trailblazers respectively. Harmanpreet’s Supernovas registered the victory by three wickets.

New Zealand’s former captain Suzie Bates won the ‘Player of the Match’ award for her all-round performance, despite being on the losing side. The match also featured other celebrated overseas players including Australia captain Meg Lanning, all-rounder Ellyse Perry and the wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy, England’s Danielle Wyatt and Danielle Hazell, and New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine and Lea Tahuhu.

The board, however, has decided to arrange a couple of matches this year as a follow-up to last year’s exhibition match. It is understood that this year there might be two teams too and the two teams will play a three-match series. However, it is expected that the teams might be composed of a maximum of four overseas players per side, similar to the men’s IPL.

BCCI is still waiting for the IPL schedule to be finalised as the date for the General Elections in India is yet to be announced. However, a proper plan is yet to be chalk out, though, both the BCCI and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) have approved the idea. It is expected that after the IPL schedule is out, the BCCI will plan accordingly.

Indian Women Cricket Team played it’s 100th T20I

Indian Women Cricket Team played it's 100th T20I

With the second Twenty20 International match on February 8, 2019, at Eden Park in Auckland against New Zealand, the Indian women cricket team has completed a century in Twenty20 International cricket. Unfortunately, Indian women lost their 100th T20I appearance after losing the second T20I against the hosts. 

Till date, Indian women cricket team have won 53 out of the 100 matches played so far and lost 45. They are currently in the Kiwi land playing the three-match T20I series. Although women in blue won the three-match ODI series against New Zealand 2-1, they failed to impress in the T20 version.

Indian women lost the first T20 match at Wellington. Smriti Mandhana’s blistering half-century couldn’t save the game. She bettered her own record of fastest fifty by an Indian by just one ball. She reached 50-mark off 24 deliveries. However, New Zealand pacer Lea Tahuhu’s magical spell won the match for the Kiwis. She managed three scalps off her four overs. On Friday the eves were determined to level the series. But with the toss, the match almost went to the Kiwis’ court. The White Ferns won the toss and elected to bat first. Thanks to Jemimah’s 72 Indian women could set a target of 135. Chasing 136 New Zealand showed absolute calmness. Suzie Bates scored 62 off 52 balls. Finally, they won the match and took the lead of 2-0 to win the series.

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The eves hold a better record against the Kiwis compared to their male counterparts. So far they have won three out of nine matches against the hosts whereas the men’s team have won just two times out of eight matches. Indian women cricket team are the sixth team to achieve this milestone. The list has Australia, England, Pakistan, New Zealand, and West Indies in the top five to complete 100 T20I matches.

Mithali Raj, the veteran Indian player was left out the two T20 matches against the White Ferns. She in all likelihood will retire from T20 International after the home series against England. She will continue to lead the side in the 50-over format.