EngW v IndW ODIs: Poor batting by India in 2nd ODI helps England to win series
Indian batting failed yet again as a promising start by the openers was not put into optimum use by the middle and the lower order as England won the 2nd ODI to complete a series win at Taunton.
Batting first, openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma gave India a promising start f 56 for the 1st wicket. Before Smriti (22) played on. Jemimah Rodrigues (8) replacing Punam Raut for this match started off with 2 gloriously driven 4s before getting a leading edge. Shortly afterwards Shafali Verma after a promising 44 laced with sparkling shots was stump leaving India at 77/3. EngW v IndW ODIs: Poor batting by India in 2nd ODI helps England to win series.
The captain and the vice-captain got together in a fruitful 68 run 4th wicket stand and just when things were looking promising for India, Harmanpreet (19) flatter to deceive, caught and bowl by Kate Cross who was doing a lot of damage. That signalled a big collapse with 6 wickets falling for 46 runs. Mithali was holding the innings together by her runout at 59 was a big blow. No contributions came from Deepti, Taniya Bhatia and Sneh Rana, all of whom had saved India in the test match creditably just over a week ago. A handy 29 run last wicket stand from Goswami (19) and Poonam Yadav (10) took India to 221.
For England, Kate Cross was sensational, varying her lengths and pace to take 5/34 and Ecclestone again proving a nemesis for India getting 3/33.
England had difficult moments in their chase. Both Beaumont & Knight went cheaply at the start. Beaumont (10) was bowl by a beauty from Goswami that pitch. Left her while Knight(10) skied one from Poonam to Goswami. Winfield- Hill (42) and Sciver (19) got out at the wrong time to give India hope at 92/4.
Jones (34) was looking ominous during her quickfire knock till Poonam got her out at 133/5. However just when India were hoping to make a comeback Sofia Dunkley (73notout) and Katherine Brunt (33notout). Had an excellent unbeaten stand of 92 runs to take England home under extreme pressure. Dunkley having just made her test and ODI debut play an excellent knock with high-quality strokeplay and never look in trouble.
Kate Cross for her 5 fer in the Indian innings was the player of the match. As England wrapped up the series in the 2nd game with one to play.