England Women nicked the second Women ODI against India at Nagpur locking the three-match series at 1-1. The match was low scoring as India’s batting line up emerged as a contrasting mismatch to that of Australia’s bowling attack. Winning the toss, India decided to take the pitch, which backfired. The team could only score 113 batting 37.2 overs. England bowlers Danielle Hazell and Sophie Ecclestone dominated the inning with spin attacks. The duo shared eight wickets between them nicking four each.
India started slow failing to push the inning with any momentum. In the opening stretch Devika Vaidya and Smriti Mandhana scored 31 runs playing until the 9th over. Vaidya and Mithali Raj were dismissed by Hazell in the same over, setting off the wreckage in the inning. The top order toppled cheaply losing wickets with no scores. In 24 overs, India lost 8 wickets while the score tally was only 81. Smriti Mandhana scored 42 off 57 balls. In the middle order, Deepti Sharma scored 26 runs remaining unbeaten. However, the rest down the line wobbled with ducks and single digit scores until the line-up exhausted.
England did not have to toil much for the victory in the women ODI match. The opening partnership of 73 runs was for 15 overs. Dannielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont set off the inning with a sturdy score. Wyatt scored a 43 ball 47 before being stumped at the delivery off Ekta Bisht. On the other end, Beaumont remained unbeaten with a score of 39. Bisht took another wicket of Amy Jones ducking her out. In the final stretch, Heather Knight and Wyatt played until the 29th over to pull up the victory.
The pitch emerged as spin friendly with 11 wickets falling at spin deliveries. For England Hazel and Ecclestone nicked the game and for India, Ekta Bisht broke through. Now locked in 1-1, the ODI women series could make a way for either of the teams.
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