England set a target of 228 runs for India
Smriti Mandhana made a quick 91 off 99 balls
Harmanpreet and Yastika played half-centuries
New Delhi. Indian women’s cricket team defeated England by 7 wickets in the first ODI, thanks to half-centuries from opener Smriti Mandhana, Yastika Bhatia and captain Harmanpreet Kaur after Jhulan Goswami’s tight bowling. In this match played in Hove, the Indian team, chasing the target of 228 runs kept by England, scored 232 runs for 3 wickets in 44.2 overs. The Indian team is ahead 1-0 in the three-match series.
Smriti Mandhana scored 91 runs in 99 balls, which included 10 fours and a six. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur played an innings of 73 not out. Chasing the target of 228 runs, the start of the Indian team was not good. Young opener Shefali Verma was dismissed by Kate Cross and gave a big blow to India. Shefali could only score one run in 6 balls. After this Smriti Mandhana got the support of Yastika Bhatia. Both of them took the team out of trouble by sharing 96 runs for the second wicket. Yastika scored 50 runs in 47 balls with the help of 8 fours and 1 six.
Jhulan Goswami impressed
Earlier, veteran fast bowler Jhulan Goswami impressed in the first match of their last international series but England women’s team managed to score 226 for 7 in the first ODI against India due to good performance by the lower middle order batsmen. India’s 39-year-old veteran Jhulan took one wicket for just 20 runs in 10 overs and during this he bowled 42 dot balls (balls not scored). Deepti Sharma played well with him, taking two wickets for 33 runs.
Not a single four or six was hit by Jhulan Goswami.
Jhulan did not hit a single four or six and he dismissed veteran opener Tammy Beaumont (07) lbw. Batting on the wicket was not easy and the ball was not coming easily on the bat and in such a situation, India’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and decided to bowl. Fast bowler Meghna Singh (42/1) got second opener Emma Lamb (12) caught by wicketkeeper Yastika Bhatia on a short ball. After this, Jhulan along with two spinners Deepti and Rajeshwari Gaikwad (40/1) curbed the run rate.
Davidson-Richards hits fifty
Apart from Meghna, Sneh Rana (45/1) and Pooja Vastrakar proved costly as the hosts scored 220-plus in the end. Danny Watt (43 off 50 balls), Ellis Davidson-Richards (50 not out off 61 balls) and Sophie Ecclestone (31) made remarkable contributions for England. Charlie Dean finally scored an unbeaten 24 off 21 balls. The Indian team will be a bit disappointed as England’s score was 128 for six in the 34th over but the number seven, eighth and ninth number batsmen added more than 100 runs to take the team to a challenging score. Davidson-Richards shared an unbeaten 49-run partnership with Ecclestone for 50 for the seventh wicket and Dean for the eighth wicket.
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 18, 2022, 22:30 IST