The India Women Beat England Women By Seven Wickets In The First One-day International, With Smriti Mandhana Hitting 91 Runs
The first ODI was won comfortably by India Women after restricting England Women to 227/7 in 44.2 overs.
The India women’s cricket team won the first one-day international match against England Women at the County Ground, Hove on Sunday following its loss in the three-match T20I series.
Having restricted the hosts to 227/7, Harmanpreet Kaur & Co. chased down the target in 44.2 overs for a seven-wicket win by restricting the hosts to 227/7.
There is now a 1-0 lead for India in the series.
It was Smriti Mandhana who was the architect of the win as she hit a brilliant 91 off 99 balls.
The 26-year-old was involved in a crucial 96-run stand with Yastika Bhatia (50 off 47) after fellow opener Shafali Verma (1 of 6) was caught in the second over following the fall of the opener.
It was then that Mandhana joined hands with skipper Kaur to all but seal the Indian victory. For the third wicket, they put together a score of 99 runs.
The winning runs — a six — were hit by Kaur in the 45th over, which marked the end of the game. With 74 runs off 94 deliveries, she remained unbeaten 74 runs.
The second match is scheduled to take place on Wednesday (September 21) at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury.
Earlier in the day, Kaur won the toss and decided to bowl first in the match. Apart from Jhulan Goswami, who is retiring from international cricket, India also named Harleen Deol, Yastika Bhatia, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, and Meghna Singh in their playing XI.
At the time of the toss, Kaur said that it was an important day for us. It was the first match, and we wanted to set the tone for the season.
During the match, veteran Jhulan Goswami made his comeback to the field. The retiring pacer played his last game for India in the World Cup, on March 22, 2022, against Bangladesh.
It was Alice Capsey, who made her debut for England in the 18-year-old category. It is Amy Jones who is leading England in the series in the absence of Heather Knight and Nat Sciver.
“The team has looked a bit different, there are a lot more young players around, which has brought a huge amount of energy to the team, and that aids at the end of the season,” Jones explained.
A clean spell of 1/20 was produced by Goswami once again as he led the Indian attack once more. There was a brace of 33 runs scored by Deepti Sharma, while Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Sneh Rana, and Harleen Deol took one run each.
The top scorer for England Women was Davidson Richards with an unbeaten 50 off 61 balls, while Danielle Wyatt contributed with 43 off 50 balls.