Team India beats England in the second t20i to level the series: Rana, Mandhana shine.

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After facing a humiliating defeat against England in the first t20i, team India registered a comfortable win in the second t20i. They were given the target of 143 but Smriti Mandhana made the chase look easy with her knock of 79*(53).

England innings

England didn’t start very well, lost both of their openers early, and then lost Alice Capsey in a funny confusion and rocket throw of Radha Yadav. Having lost 5 wickets for just 54, England women were looking to bundle out soon.

However, the crucial 65-run partnership between Maria Bouchier(34 of 26) and Freya Kemp(51* of 37) helped them to reach a respectable total. Sneh Rana shone in the bowling department and took 3 wickets by giving just 24 runs. Radha Yadav showed some excellent fielding performance.

Team India Innings

Team India took a flying start and the opening duo of Mandhana and Shafali Verma scored 55 runs in the powerplay with Verma(20 of 17) getting out on the last ball of the powerplay.

India lost the second wicket soon with Hemalatha doing not much with the bat. After that, the two most experienced batters, captain Harmanpreet and vice-captain Mandhana helped the team to sail through in just 16.4 overs.

Mandhana , Harman sail Team India through
Mandhana and Kaur during their partnership ( Source: ECB via Getty image)

England captain Amy Jones stated that their score was below par but she hoped to play fearlessly in the upcoming matches.

Indian captain Kaur praised the fielding improvement by the team and especially Yadav’s brilliant efforts. She also added that she loved batting along with Smriti as they played with a calculative approach.

Player of the match: 

Mandhana was declared player of the match for her brilliant innings

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Shobhit Kukreti
Shobhit Kukreti
A Geologist by degree, Shobhit is a sports buff with an interest in tennis and cricket. He is also an avid reader, writes occasionally

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