Chasing a target of 149 runs, England’s opener Tammy Beaumont did well and played a brilliant innings of 59 runs. He hit 7 fours in his innings of 50 balls. Apart from them, captain Heather Knight scored 30 runs but the wickets of the English team kept falling and only 3 batsmen of the team could touch the double figure. Poonam Yadav took two wickets for India while Deepti Sharma and Arundhati Reddy took 1-1 wickets.
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Despite a good start from Shefali, the Indian team could only reach 148 for four in the second women’s T20 match. Shefali (48 runs from 38 balls) and Smriti Mandhana (20 runs off 16 balls) put on 70 runs for the first wicket but India came under pressure as they slowed down between the two and then returned to the pavilion within two runs. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur scored 31 runs with the help of two fours and two sixes. Deepti Sharma remained unbeaten on 24 off 27 balls.
Shefali did not take much time to bat in her natural style. He first hit a six over deep midwicket off Sophie Ecclestone and then hit five consecutive fours in the next over from Katherine Brunt. India, invited to bat first after losing the toss, scored 47 for no loss after four overs, but Shefali could only score one run in the next 11 balls, taking the team to 49 runs in the powerplay.
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Smriti Mandhana broke the silence in the eighth over by hitting Sarah Glenn (1 for 32) for a six over midoff but Freya Davis (1 for 31) in the next over gave a simple catch at cover off a slow ball. Heather Knight made frequent changes in the bowling and Shefali could not complete her half-century. He tried to play a big shot by coming ‘across the line’ in the first over of off-spinner Maddie Villiers (one for nine), but Nate Sciver ended his innings by taking the best catch.
Captain Harmanpreet expressed his intentions by hitting Villiers for a six, but Glenn stopped his storm before the death overs. After hitting a six on the first ball, he played a long shot on the next ball as well, but Brunt dived at long off and converted it into a catch. India could not score the fast runs in the last four overs. In the meantime, he hit two fours and a six and lost the wicket of Richa Ghosh (8). Sneh Rana (8*) remained unbeaten. Sciver took one wicket for 20 runs in four overs.