Guwahati, Mar 7 (GCSports) India has set a target of 112 for England in the second match of T20 Paytm Women’s Cricket Series at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium here today.
Regular fall of wickets and some quick fielding by England ensured that the visitors restricted the score to 111 for 8 wickets as they look to seal the three-match series, after winning the first match at the same venue by 41 runs.
Openers Smriti mandhana and Harleen Deol had put India on the fast start, but the team failed to capitalize on it as no significant partnerships could be developed later, barring the fourth wicket partnership of 35 runs.
Katherine Brunt was the pick of the bowlers for England, picking three overs in her four overs, giving away 17 runs.
Linsey Smith bagged two wickets, conceding 11 runs in her three overs.
The openers put up 24 runs in 14 balls, before captain Smriti was caught by wicket-keeper Amy Jones off a Katherine Brunt delivery. She hit 12 runs in five balls, which included two sixes.
Just as Harleen and Jemimah Rodrigues were settling in, Brunt saw off Rodrigues (2), with the team score at 34 in 4.6 overs.
Harleen (14/ b. 21) was quick to follow in 5.3 overs with the team score still at 34 as she was caught by Natalie Sciver off a Linsey Smith ball.
Deepti Sharma and Mithali Raj managed to build up a partnership for the fourth wicket, putting between them 35 runs and taking the team score to 69 in 12.4 overs.
Deepti was the first to go as she was run-out in 12.4 overs following a mix-up with her partner.
As she returned and lunged forward to save her wicket, Anya Shrubsole was sure to find the stamps in the time to send back Deepti at a personal score of 18, off 22 balls, which included one boundary.
Mithali soon followed back to the pavilion, scoring 20 off 27 deliveries, caught by Lauren Winfield off a Kathryn Cross ball.
Shikha Pandey and Taniya Bhatia were quick to follow back to the stands, as India struggled at 95 for seven wickets in 18.2 overs.
BS Fulmani tried to accelerate the score but fell for a Brunt delivery in 19.1 over, at a personal score of 18 off 20 balls.
Radha Yadav and Ekta Bisht remained not out as India managed 111 runs at the end of the 20 overs.