Indian bowlers made a valiant effort with an underpowered total to defend before rookie Alice Capsey controlled her nerves to lead England to a seven-wicket victory in the third T20 Women’s International and also finish the series 2-1. India put in an inept batting performance, scoring just 122 for eight, courtesy wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh’s 22-ball 33 and all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar’s unbeaten 19 from 11 deliveries. The Indian batter was unable to navigate English spin bowling as the trio of Sophie Ecclestone (3/25), Sarah Glenn (2/11) and Bryony Smith took six wickets.
England scored the runs in 18.2 overs, courtesy of opener Sophia Dunkley’s 49-for-44 and 18-year-old Caspey’s undefeated 38-run knockout that brought the hosts over the line and sealed the three-game run 2-1.
“I think we were 20 runs short. We have to give credit to our bowlers for keeping us in the game,” India captain Harmanpreet Kaur said after the game.
“We just have to stick to our strengths. You have to have a decent total in every format of the game. We need partnerships with the bat,” she added.
The home side chased 123 and had a brilliant start with both openers Dunkley and Danni Wyatt (22 from 23 balls) sharing a 70-run tie before India caused a mini-batting collapse by snagging three quick wickets in as many overs.
Spin all-rounder Sneh Rana (1/32) made the first breakthrough for the visitors when Wyatt misdirected a shot.
Dunkley, who hit six fours, followed as she was cleared with an excellent delivery by Vastrakar (1/16). Captain Amy Jones (3)’s stay in the center was then cut short by Radha Yadav (1/14).
But Capsey, considered one of England’s greatest young talents, kept on attacking and shot across the ground. She was ably supported by Smith, who went unbeaten at 13, as the two sent England to victory.
Previously, India was in trouble as they dropped to 75 for 7 before Ghosh and Vastrakar joined forces to bring the visitors to a respectable total.
Both openers, big hitter Shafali Verma (5 out of 12) and Smriti Mandhana (9 out of 8) were dismissed in the first four overs.
Verma had to go first because she misjudged the pace of the throw by Issy Wong (1/24) with the ball bouncing off her pads onto the wicket.
Smith then got Mandhana’s prized wicket while Ecclestone held on to a brilliant catch.
Sabbhineni Meghana (0) and Dayalan Hemalatha (0) struggled to open their accounts, while skipper Harmanpreet (5) also had an unforgettable day.
Deepti Sharma (24) tried to fix the innings with Ghosh, but the all-rounder also died when she tried to sweep left arm spinner Ecclestone, but missed, with Jones completing the stumping.
Ghosh, who hit five limits, and Vastrakar added 43 runs in the last three overs to take India over the 100 run.
Short scores: India Women: 122 for 8 in 20 overs (Richa Ghosh 33 not out, Deepti Sharma 24; Sophie Ecclestone 3/25) England Women: 126 for 3 in 18.2 overs (Sophia Dunkley 49, Alice Capsey 38 not out; Radha Yadav 1/ 14)
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