ENGLAND: India under Harmanpreet Kaur made a statement by winning an ODI series in England for the first time since 1999. After Harmanpreet established the match with her century in the second game, the visitors made history by winning by 88 runs.
India’s total in Canterbury is their second highest in women’s ODIs, behind 358 for 2 that they recorded against Ireland in 2017. thanks to Harmanpreet’s blitzkrieg. By the end of the 40 overs, England had everything under control, but India’s late charge caused a nightmare for England’s inexperienced bowling attack.
Shafali Verma was dismissed early by Kate Cross for eight, giving England an early advantage. Smriti Mandhana (40) and No.3 Yastika Bhatia (26) recovered quickly. Bhatia and Mandhana were shortly dismissed, giving England the advantage.
Harmanpreet and Harleen’s solid partnership
Harmanpreet Kaur and Harleen Deol waited until the middle to accelerate before doing so. In their 113-run stand for the fourth wicket, the pair helped India surpass 200 runs as Deol scored her first ODI fifty.
In the 40th over, Lauren Bell made the crucial breakthrough before witnessing and experiencing Harmanpreet’s fierce attack. India scored 121 runs in the final 10 overs, with Harmanpreet scoring 43 runs in just 11 balls to maintain her unbeaten record at 143.
In her 111-ball innings, the India captain hit four hundred-run innings and hit 18 boundaries. All of England’s bowlers suffered a heavy beating. Freya Kemp, who made her debut, conceded 1/82.
In their response, England got off to a terrible start, losing three wickets in the first eight overs. After being knocked out of the game by Harmanpreet’s direct hit, veteran opener Tammy Beaumont had difficulty getting back to the locker room.
The hosts had some hope thanks to Danni Wyatt (65) and Alice Capsey (39), but Capsey’s dismissal by Deepti Sharma put an end to their 55-run partnership.
England captain Amy Jones was the last known batter, but she found it too difficult to climb the mountain alone without skilled backup at the other end. After 45 overs, England was eventually dismissed for 245 runs, with Renuka Singh returning with a four-wicket haul.
When India and England square off in the third and final ODI at Lord’s on September 24, India will try to whitewash England.