India vs England, ICC Women’s World Cup 2022, Highlights
21-year-old spinner Charlotte Dean registered her career-best figures of 4/23 as India were bowled out for 134 in 36.2 overs against England who then overhauled the target in 31.2 overs to win by four wickets. Indian innings never got going with Smriti Mandhana watching haplessly from one end to see her team be reduced to 61/5 inside 17 overs. With the fall of Mandhana on 35, there was a danger of the team being bowled out for less than 100 before a partnership between Richa Ghosh (32) and Jhulan Goswami took them past three figures.
In reply, England did lose two wickets quickly but the Heather Knight (53*) and Natalie Sciver (45) put them on course for their first win of the tournament as they ended their three-match losing streak.
Earlier, England captain Heather Knight opted to bowl first as they searched for their first win of the event. Knight felt today could be the day when there could be a turnaround in the team’s fortunes. On the other hand, Mithali Raj was happy to bat first as well. Both the teams have gone with the same playing XI as from their respective last matches.
Their confidence high after an impressive win over the West Indies, India would look for much-needed consistency with the bat against a struggling England in their fourth league stage match of the ICC Women’s World Cup in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.
Currently placed third after a morale-boosting 155-run against the West Indies, India would like to keep the winning momentum going and maintain its stay in the top four especially when they take on table-toppers Australia after England.
After an inexplicably slow performance against New Zealand when the Indian batters played out 162 dot balls, Smriti Mandhana (123 of 119) and Harmanpreet Kaur (109 off 107) produce a splendid batting display, slamming twin centuries against the West Indies to power India to their highest total (317/8) in the history of the showpiece event.
“I think for us, it is very important the way we performed in the last game; we just need to continue that, rather than thinking about what are your negatives and what are your positive points,” vice-captain Kaur told reporters on the eve of the game.
Both openers — Mandhana and Yastika Bhatia — showed intent from the very beginning, something coach Romesh Powar had stressed ahead of the match.
Mandhana played a fluent 123 run-knock while Kaur also continued her fine run, bringing up her fourth ton and the first since hitting the famous 171 not out against Australia in the 2017 World Cup.
The duo will be eager to continue in the same vein with the race for semifinal berths heating up.
However, all-rounder Deepti Sharma, who has been elevated to the top, has to do more with the bat as does skipper Mithali Raj, who has also been off the boil recently.