2nd ODI: India beat England by 88 runs to clinch series | Cricket News

CANTERBURY: Captain Harmanpreet KaurThe explosive spell of one hundred and brilliant undefeated Renuka Singh contributed to a complete defeat for India England by 88 runs in the second ODI of the three-game series at Canterbury to clinch the series on Wednesday.
With this victory, India now have an unassailable 2-0 victory in the series. In the opening innings, India recorded a whopping 333/5 from 50 overs, their highest tally on English soil. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur broke 143 unbeaten 111 balls with 18 fours and four sixes and had a 113-point stand with Harleen Deolwho scored 58 on 72 balls.
Chasing 334, point guard Renuka Singh (4/57) dismantled the English top. Danni Wyatt (65), Alice Capsey (39) and captain Amy Jones (39) offered some temporary resistance but the hosts were nowhere in contention to win and lost the game by 88 points after have been grouped for 245.
Chasing 334, opener Tammy Beaumont was sent to pack by skipper Kaur, who chased her away, kicking back from where she had started. Then it was Sophie Dunkley who became Renuka’s first casualty for a single run after his stumps were dislodged while going for a slog. England found themselves in trouble at 2/12.
Emma Lamb and Capsey then spun the dash for a while, reaching delightful limits. Just as the partnership began, Renuka took her second wicket, trapping Lamb’s Leg before the wicket for 15 of 18 as she attempted a flick. England had lost all three wickets for 47 runs.
Wyatt and Capsey then joined hands to get the hunt on track. After 10 overs and the power play, England were at 66/3, with Wyatt (14*) and Capsey (29*) in the crease.
The duo then started scoring at a decent pace, with at least a limit for a while, helping their team break through 100 points and also raise their stand by 50 points. Their 55-point position was suppressed by Deepti Sharma, who fired Capsey for 39 of 36 balls after being caught by Shafali Verma.
Skipper Amy Jones then joined Wyatt. Wyatt hit a sleek half-century and helped his team hit the 150-run mark. The duo had stitched up a 67-run stand and their pursuit hit another roadblock. Renuka made Wyatt his third kill for 65 of 58, ripping through the batter’s center stump with a brilliant yorker. At this point, half of the English side were back in the hut for 167.
Hemalatha took the scalp from Jones (39) a few balls later, making things worse for England. Renuka continued to riot over the England outfit, dismissing Sophie Ecclestone for a single after being caught by Deol at deep-midwicket. It was his fourth wicket of the game. Freya Kemp was exhausted a few balls later, dropping England to 183/8.
Charlie Dean and Kate Cross then helped the hosts pass the 200 runs mark, saving their team from utter humiliation. The 28-point stand between the duo was shattered when Chafali Verma trapped Cross for just 14.
Lauren Bell was the last batter to come out. With defeat almost certain, Dean and Bell swung their willows for a while before Dean was fired for 37 out of 44 balls by Hemlatha. England were grouped for 245 in 44.2 overs.
Renuka Singh was the top bowler with 4/57. Hemlatha took 2/6 in two overs. Shafali and Deepti each took a scalp.
Earlier, after being asked to bat first by England, India lost flyhalf Shafali Verma to second as the batter again failed to secure a big inning. The hitter hit two bounds on the first over and looked set for a big score, but was beaten flawlessly by Kate Cross.
Kate got off to a great start for her 50th ODI, knocking out Shafali in her opening eight run, leaving India at 12/1 in the second leg of the match.
Yastika Bhatia made its way to the fold and stitched up a major 54-race partnership with the in-form Smriti Mandhana to deny the hosts any wickets until the 10th, taking the score a healthy 60/1 at the 10 over mark. Both hitters kept the scoreboard in good pace, consistently scoring boundaries.
Mandhana in the process also completed 3000 ODI races and became the fastest Indian woman to get there.
Charlotte Dean then fired Yastika Bhatia in the 12th to give England a much-needed breakthrough as the pair looked threatening to take the game away from the hosts.
Dean took a great catch from his own bowling to dismiss Bhatia for 26 of 34 deliveries and left India at 66/2 in the 12th round of innings.
Bhatia’s wicket brought the India captain to the wicket. She was involved in a 33-point stand with Mandhana, before Sophie Ecclestone stuck the fly-half pad.
Smriti missed the ball on a sweep attempt, which saw her fall in the 20th. The southpaw played another 40-point practice hit on 51 deliveries, involving a boundary six and four.


Harmanpreet Kaur scored 143* in the 2nd ODI against England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
The Indian total at the end of the 20th was 104/3, with Harleen Deol joining the Indian captain. The pair resorted to an attacking approach and did not allow the England bowlers to settle with their line and lengths.
Both hitters played nice shots and took the Indian total over the 200-run mark in the 40th.
Kaur reached his half-century in style by laying the ball over the mid-wicket boundary with his signature sweeping shot. The India captain notched her 18th ODI fifty in the 37th over of Dean’s bowling match. Batting partner Deol also followed in the captain’s footsteps and secured his first ODI fifty with a conservative single near the middle of the wicket in the next over.
Just when the duo were about to go crazy in the final 10 overs, Deol played through the stumps and played a shot to a slower ball, but was unable to clear the fence. Wyatt standing square-legged finished the hold. Deol left after playing a fine run of 58 for 72 balls, including two sixes and five limits.
Kaur and Deol shared a 113-run stand for the fourth wicket to put India in the driver’s seat. At the 40-point mark, India’s score was 212/4, providing a tremendous platform for hitters to exploit the latter part of the game.
Pooja Vastrakar joined Kaur who looked determined to plunder England’s bowlers as the innings ended.
Vastrakar played aggressive shots with the captain to take India past the 250-point mark in the 45th. Both players put their foot on the pedal and looked to score quick points, dismantling the English attack.
India’s all-rounder Vastrakar lost her wicket to Freya Kemp in an attempt to score limits in 46th place. Kaur went on and scored his fifth century in the ODIs with a single from Ecclestone in the 47th. Batter marked his second century as an Indian captain.
Freya Kemp was taken to the cleaners as she gave up 26 points in the 48th, with Deepti Sharma and Kaur sending the ball over the boundary four times.
The penultimate round of the inning yielded 17 runs as the Indian captain hit Ecclestone for a six and two limits.
Freya Kemp showed great heart after coming to the final, despite scoring around 26 points in her last over. However, Kaur was in no mood to let her off and acted the same as before, breaking three bounds and a six.
The captain teamed up with Deepti Sharma to unleash hell on England bowlers in the final four overs. The duo scored a partnership of 71 from just 24 balls to take India to their highest ODI tally against England.

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