India set a record total with the help of the Indian captain’s fifth ODI century and the first ODI from Harleen Deol in the second ODI game of the series against England on Wednesday. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur (143 not out) led from the front and played an innings of a lifetime, helping India set a record chase for England. India finished their first innings at 333 for five, with the help of brilliant innings from Kaur, Harleen Deol and Mandhana.
After being invited by England to bat first, India lost opener Shafali Verma in the second over, as the batter again failed to secure a big inning. The batter crossed two boundaries in the first and appeared to be en route to a big score, but was bowled clean by Kate Cross.
Kate made an excellent start to her 50th ODI, knocking out Shafali for eight runs in her first over and leaving India 12/1 in the second over of the match.
Yastika Bhatia made her way to the crease, stitching a key 54-run partnership with in-form Smriti Mandhana to deny the hosts every wicket until the 10th over, with the score becoming a healthy 60/1 at the 10- over-mark. Both batters kept tapping the scoreboard at a good pace and scored boundaries on a regular basis.
Mandhana also completed 3000 ODI runs and became the fastest Indian woman to get there.
Charlotte Dean then sent Yastika Bhatia over in the 12th to give England a much-needed break as the pair looked imminent to take the game away from the hosts.
Dean took an excellent catch from her own bowling to sack Bhatia for a score of 26 from 34 deliveries, leaving India at 66/2 in the 12th left of the innings.
Bhatia’s wicket brought the Indian captain to the wicket. She was involved in a 33-run tie with Mandhana, before Sophie Ecclestone crossed the path of the opener.
Smriti missed the ball while attempting a sweep, which saw her demise in the 20th over.
The southpaw played another handy knock of 40 runs from 51 deliveries, involving a six and four limits.
The Indian total at the end of the 20th was 104/3, with Harleen Deol joining the Indian captain.
The duo resorted to an attacking approach, not allowing the English bowlers to settle down with their line and lengths.
Both batters played some eye-catching shots and took the Indian total over 200 runs in the 40th.
Kaur reached her half-century in style when she dropped the ball over the mid-wicket line with her signature slog sweep shot.
The Indian captain earned her 18th ODI fifty in the 37th left of the match from Dean’s bowling. Her batter Deol also followed in the captain’s footsteps, securing her first ODI fifty with a conservative single to mid-wicket in the next over.
Just as the duo was about to go crazy in the last 10 overs, Deol played walk over the stumps and played a tap to a slower ball but was unable to clear the fence. Wyatt standing on square leg completed the catch. Deol left after playing a fine 58-of-72 ball innings, including two sixes and five limits.
Kaur and Deol split a 113-run tie for the fourth wicket to put India in the driver’s seat.
At the 40-over, India’s score was 212/4, a great platform for the batters to take advantage of the final phase of the game.
Pooja Vastrakar joined Kaur who seemed determined to plunder the English bowlers at the end of the innings.
Vastrakar played aggressive shots along with the captain to take India past the 250 run in the 45th over. Both players put their foot on the pedal and tried to score quick runs, dismantling the English attack.
India’s all-rounder Vastrakar lost her wicket to Freya Kemp in a bid to score limits in the 46th over.
Kaur kept pushing, taking her fifth century in ODIs with an Ecclestone single in the 47th over. The batter scored her second century as captain of India.
Freya Kemp was taken to the cleaners and gave up 26 runs in the 48th over, with both Deepti Sharma and Kaur sending the ball over the boundary four times.
The penultimate over of the inning yielded 17 runs when the Indian captain hit Ecclestone for a six and two limits.
Freya Kemp showed a big heart after she came across the final, despite 26 runs in her last over. However, Kaur was in no mood to let go of her and shared the same way he did before, breaking three boundaries and a six.
The captain teamed up with Deepti Sharma to absolutely unleash the English bowlers in the last four overs. The duo scored a partnership of 71 runs from just 24 balls to take India to their highest ever ODI total against England.
The Indian captain remained unbeaten with 143 runs from just 111 balls. Kaur crushed four towering sixes and 18 boundaries in her innings.
Deepti also remained undefeated, scoring 15 on nine deliveries.
India set a record goal of 334 runs for the hosts.
Short Scores – India 333/5 (Harmanpreet Kaur 143*, Harleen Deol 58; Charlotte Dean 1/39) vs England
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