Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Smriti Mandhana script India series win over England


first_imgJhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey starred with four wickets apiece while Smriti Mandhana played a superb hand with the bat to steer India to victory over England in the second ODI in Mumbai. The 7-wicket gave India a series win over world champions England. India women had won the first ODI on Friday by 66 runs.With the win, India maintained their series-winning streak against England at home. India first hosted England in 1995/96 and have never lost to England in an ODI series at home. This is India’s sixth series win against England at home.On Monday, England decided to bat first after winning the toss but India’s pacers proved too good for the visitors yet again. England were reduced to 44 for 4 in the 14th over and it was up to Natalie Sciver to try and resurrect the innings. She did get some support from Lauren Winfield but her dismissal in the 28th over meant England had an uphill task ahead.That’s a wrap to the 2nd ODI as #TeamIndia Women beat England Women by 7 wickets (Mithali 47*, Smriti 63, Shikha Pandey 4/18, Jhulan 4/30)They have taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three match ODI series #INDWvENGW pic.twitter.com/tiJHj3c2ciBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 25, 2019Sciver battled hard but the other batters were not up to the task. Besides Goswami and Pandey, Poonam Yadav took two wickets to keep England to 161.Mandhana led the chase of 162 with a well compiled half-century – her 15th in ODIs. After losing Jemimah Rodrigues in the second over, Mandhana and Punam Raut shared a 73-run stand before skipper Mithali Raj joined Mandhana to ensure India reached home with plenty to spare.advertisement#TeamIndia opener @mandhana_smriti celebrates as she brings up her 15th ODI half-centuryFollow the game here – https://t.co/PQssc4ELNc pic.twitter.com/R4uO41LQi1BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 25, 2019India had lost to England in the final of the 2017 World Cup. This is the second time India have defeated England in a bilatereal ODI series since the World Cup. Overall, this is India’s seventh ODI series win over England.Jhulan Goswami was awarded the player-of-the-match and she conceded that despite having played at the top level for so long, she still gets nervous.”My role was to give early breakthroughs. I was able to hit the right areas and waited for the batters to make mistakes. When you are bowling in the powerplay, you need to have a back up plan. I was just trying to use my experience.”Whenever we win the toss, I ask Mithali to bat first so that I get more time to settle my nerves down. No matter how many years you have played the sport at the top level, the nerves would always be there,” Jhulan said at the post-match presentation.Also Read | We need to have more partnerships, says Mithali RajAlso Read | Mithali Raj backs women’s IPL after World Cup performancelast_img

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