Ind W Vs Eng W: India Win by 7 Wickets as Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana Shine

The Indian women’s team have beaten the England side in the 2nd of the 3 match ODI series at the Wankhede stadium on Monday (25 February 2019), after having won the first match too. As a result, India took a 2-0 unassailable lead in the series.

Bowlers Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey starred for India, picking up four wickets each and restricting the English women to a mere 161.

The Indian batswoman Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj chased down the total easily with 7 wickets remaining.

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As it happened:

England batted first and had a disastrous start. The English team lost three wickets inside 6 overs in the opening spell of Goswami and Pandey. Amy Ellen Jones (3), Sarah Taylor (1), Heather Knight (2) fell soon and England was reduced to 14-3.

It was the partnership of Tammy Beaumont and Natalie Sciver, first, and Beaumont and Lauren Winfield later that gave the visitors a respectable total. Beaumont made 20 (42), Winfield made 28 (49) and Sciver was the highest run scorer for England and was the last wicket to fall.

She made a brilliant 85 off 109 balls which included 12 fours and a six. England were bundled out for 161 in 43.3 overs. For India, Goswami and Pandey picked up four wickets each while spinner Poonam Raut claimed a couple of wickets.

India, chasing a mere 162, didn’t have a good start too. India lost the 18-year-old sensation Jemimah Rodriguez for 0 but the left-handed stylish opener Smriti Mandhana along with Punam Raut put up a 73 run second wicket stand. Raut made 32 (65). Later, Mithali Raj joined captain Smriti Mandhana.

The duo didn’t let a wicket fall, until and unless India inch closer to the victory. The duo added 66 together. Mandhana made 63 (74) which included 7 fours and a six. Raj remained not out on 47 off 63 balls including 8 fours. For England, Anya Shrubsole picked up 2 wickets while Georgia Elwiss claimed a wicket.

India chased down the total inside 42 overs with 7 wickets in hand. Jhulan Goswami was awarded the Player of the Match for her brilliant spell of 4-30.

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