England defeated the Indian women by 18 runs in the first match of the three-match T20I series. Batting first, the English team batted first and scored 177 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. Natalie Seaver and Amy Jones played fantastic innings for the team, with Seaver 55 and Jones 43. Chasing a massive target of 178, India were bowled out for 54 in 8.4 overs and rain interrupted the match by three wickets.
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Chasing a 178-run target, Team India had a poor start, with explosive batsman Shefali Verma returning to the pavilion without opening an account. After this, Smriti Mandana hit some good shots, but after scoring 29 off 17 balls, she gave Natalie Seaver a catch. Team captain Harmanpreet Kaur could not do anything special and was dismissed after scoring only 1 run. Harleen Deol seemed to struggle every run and after playing 24 balls, he was not out after scoring 17 runs. In the rain, Deepti Sharma was playing with Harleen in the crease after scoring 4 runs. Under the Duckworth-Lewis regime, England had the advantage of dropping most of India’s wickets in 8.4 overs.
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Earlier, Harmanpreet Kaur, who won the toss, invited England to bat. Tammy Beaumont (18) and Daniel White (31) put on a good start and added 56 runs for the first wicket. Radha Yadav made his first breakthrough for India by ending White’s innings. Natalie Seaver then came to the crease and scored 55 off 27 balls with 8 fours and a six. After the dismissal of skipper Heather Knight, Seaver found good support from Amy Jones on the other end and both took the news of the Indian bowlers seriously. Jones scored 43 off 27 balls and Shikha Pandey ended his innings. Shikha Pandey took three wickets for just 22 runs in India’s 4 overs.