England Beat India in Women's T20


England recorded their 2nd victory in the T20 World Cup warm-up tri-series by defeating India by 4 wickets with 7 balls remaining.


After winning the toss and putting India in to bat, England did well to restrict a good Indian outfit to 123 runs, with Katherine Brunt getting the key wicket of the very dangerous Smriti Mandhana.


Anya Shrubsole picked up 3 wickets, including that of Jemimah Rodrigues, the 4th ranked T20 batsmen in the world.


England got off to a bad start in their reply, losing both Danni Wyatt and Amy Jones inside the first five overs. However a 38 ball 50 from Nat Sciver ensured England's run chase would be successful.


England captain Heather Knight: "It was a bit of a non-event as a game, the pitch was a little bit slow so we had to change our plans and to keep them to 123 was really pleasing.

"We all know how good Nat is with the bat, she did the job and it was just a case of getting over the line."


India captain Harmanpreet Kaur: "We were not able to give our best. The spinners are doing really well, but for them to do well we need to put decent totals on the board. We have to win tomorrow's game."


Opinion


On the back of a big win against the world's #1 ranked team in Australia, it was important for England to come out and put up another convincing performance and they did just that.


That now gives England 2 wins from 3 and puts them in position to appear in the final, although they have another match against Australia first (Sunday). But if Australia beat India tomorrow that will guarantee a England-Australia final.


With the T20 World Cup just 14 days away, England are starting to pick up some momentum. This wasn't an easy wicket with the ball sticking and not coming onto the bat, and they had to manage their nerves as wickets started falling, but in the end they got the job done.


Australia will rightfully go into the T20 World Cup as favourites, but I wouldn't bet against England.

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