The spin duo of Poonam Yadav and Deepti Sharma helped the Indian women’s team level the T20I series against England. The cricketers scripted India's comeback with a dramatic death-over spell to secure an eight-run win over England in the second match.
The English women’s team needed 33 runs off 30 balls with 6 wickets in hand. They simply crumbled under the pressure that the Indian spinners created during the match.
After winning the toss, England had chosen to field first. Shafali Verma had hit 48 runs off 38 balls to help India put 148 runs on board at the loss of 4 wickets.
Sneh Rana had defended 14 runs in the final over to help the effort of the spinners. Poonam Yadav had the figure of 2/17 after four overs. Whereas Deepti Sharma had 1/18 four overs. England's innings displayed the capabilities of the Indian spinners.
The English team was leading for most of the chase and reached 52 for 2 in the first six overs
They lost the early wickets of Danielle Wyatt and in-form Nat Sciver. In contrast to India’s innings, the loss of early wickets did not affect the rhythm of the English batters. They kept getting boundaries at regular intervals and rotated the strikes.
Indian pacers Shikha Pandey and Arundhati Reddy bowled many short balls that Beaumont duly dispatched through the cover and backward point region. The English were eying a comfortable win with Beaumont (59) and Heather Knight (30). But they were dismissed off successive balls in the 14th over. Deepti Sharma made the run chase tough for England after taking the two important wickets. They still needed 43 off 36 balls.
The Indian team had failed to use the impressive start provided by Shafali Verma who had hit 47 runs in four overs for no loss. She had hit fours and sixes against the bowling attack of Sophie Ecclestone and Katherine Brunt. Verma had hit the kind of explosive shots that she is known for in T20I cricket.
During the bowling attack, the team left no stones unturned. The fielding was set perfectly and the bowlers displayed impressive performance for the team. It helped Indian draw the match between the two teams in the second game.
The deciding and the final match of the series would be played on Wednesday between India and England women’s teams.