England women fall short
India women levelled the Twenty20 series against England courtesy of a comfortable 30-run win in the second match in Mumbai.
Despite restricting India to 126 for seven at the Bandra Kurla Complex – the scene of England’s two-wicket win on Thursday – the tourists were bowled out for a meagre 96 in reply.
Only opener Lydia Greenway, who made 29, managed more than 18, but her dismissal sparked a collapse that saw England lose their last seven wickets for 18 runs in the space of four overs.
Slow left-armer Poonam Raut was the chief beneficiary by claiming 3-12 from four overs, while there were two cheap wickets apiece for Gouher Sultana and Diana David.
England would have been pleased to restrict India to little more than six runs an over, thanks largely to the efforts of Danielle Hazell and Laura Marsh.
The off-spinners claimed 3-20 and 3-29 respectively, and Jenny Gunn took three catches during a sparkling England fielding display.
India were indebted to Sulakshana Naik, who hit six fours in her rapid 36 at the top of the order after stand-in captain Mithali Raj won the toss, and Harmanpreet Kaur, who struck 33 off just 29 deliveries.
It was a strike-rate England’s batsmen could not match, despite the absence of India strike bowler Jhulan Goswami.
The early loss of captain Charlotte Edwards and Beth Morgan gave India an advantage they never surrendered, despite Greenway and Hazell adding 35 for the fourth wicket.
Spinners were responsible for seven of the wickets to fall, and the fact that three batsmen were stumped and two run out summed up a naïve performance with the bat.
Edwards put England’s disappointing showing down to “a bad day at the office”, adding: “We just didn’t play well enough.
“We lost too many wickets and made it hard for our later batsman. I think both teams can do better than we did today.
“We will dust ourselves down and will bounce back on Monday, ready for a fantastic game of cricket.”
The same venue will host the decisive final match of the series on Monday, before England return home.
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