The Indian women’s team will face England in the second of the three T20I match series on 11th July. The game is scheduled to be held at the County Ground in Hove.
England had secured 18 runs win over India in the first T20I match. So, the Indian women’s team would have to win the second match to keep their chances of winning the series open.
After winning the toss in the opening match, India had invited the English women’s team to bat first. But India failed to restrict the English team to a low total that they could confidently chase. It led to their defeat in the match.
The viewers were entertained by some impressive fielding from the Indian team. The acrobatic catch that Harleen Deol took has even gone viral on social media. However, the bowlers ended up giving 177 runs in 20 overs.
During the 8.4 overs Indian innings, the team crumbled to 54 for 3 and gave the 1-0 lead to England.
2 players who can captain or Vice-captain the second day of the T20I is as follow
The opener of the Indian women’s team, Smriti Mandhana has been in reasonably good form throughout the England tour. She made 78 runs in the one-off Test against England on the first day. But she was dismissed for a single-digit run in the follow-up match.
In the ODIs as well, she failed to make runs in the first two innings. But provided a crucial 49 run knock to help India win the final ODI match against England. Indian still lost the series 1-2 but managed to avoid a whitewash.
In the first T20I as well, Smriti Mandhana was in good form but she got dismissed early. India women’s team had the hope of chasing down the target runs as long as she was on the crease. But she was dismissed with 29 runs off 17 balls. It increased England’s chances of winning the match.
Mandhana would play an important role to help India secure a crucial win in the second match of the T20I series. So far, she has made 1811 in 79 matches at a strike rate of 120.73 in the T20I format. The Indian team would need her to deliver with the bat to help them keep their chances of winning the series open.
Left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone did not get the chance to display her talent on the first day of the T20I series. She bowled one over for seven runs because just 8.4 overs were possible in the Indian innings.
She has been a threat to the Indian batting lineup from the beginning of the series. In the one-off Test, she took 8 wickets. The Indian women’s team had to fight back hard to draw the match against England. During the ODI series as well, she took 5 wickets for 69 runs. The Indian team had a hard time overcoming the Ecclestone impact.