First ODI, India Women vs England Women – India Women won by 1 wicket
Friday, April 6, 2018, Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur
India Women beat England Women by 1 wicket in the first ODI match played in Nagpur (on April 06). With this win, India take a lead of 1 – 0 in the three match series. The match has got all the nail biting stuff before India getting over the line safely in the final over of the match.
England opted to bat first after winning the toss. However, they never got going with losing wickets regularly. And in the end they are bowled out for just 207 with 3 balls remaining in their innings. To worsen England’s chances much further, their World Cup star performer, Anya Shrubsole, went wicket less in her 7 overs and is expensive too conceding 44 runs.
If you have been following India’s ongoing home season all along, Smriti Mandhana is their top performer and it is no different today. She once again top scored for the home team with the bat scoring 86 runs off 109 balls with 5 fours and 4 sixes.
India were right in the game until Mandhana lost her wicket. Her departure just triggered the collapse and the match once again went in the same direction as that of the 2017 Women’s World Cup Final. However, India’s last batting pair – Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav, added 18 invaluable runs to take India over the line.
Overall, it is India’s game from the beginning but they lost wickets in quick succession only to make it interesting in the end. Mandhana at the start of the chase and their last batting pair stepped up to hand India a thrilling victory!
In case you missed it, Heather Knight ruled out of this first ODI with injury and Anya Shrubsole was entrusted with the captaincy responsibility.
India Women – 208/9 in 49.1 overs (Smriti Mandhana – 86, Deepti Sharma -24, Sophie Ecclestone – 4/37, Georgia Elwiss – 2/14) beat England Women – 207 in 49.3 overs (Fran Wilson – 45, Danielle Hazell – 33, Poonam Yadav – 4/30, Ekta Bisht – 3/49) by 1 wicket.
Playing XI: Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Devika Vaidya, Sushma Verma (wk), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht
Bench: Jemimah Rodrigues, Dayalan Hemalatha, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
Playing XI: Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Georgia Elwiss, Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Fran Wilson, Alice Davidson Richards, Anya Shrubsole (c), Danielle Hazell, Alex Hartley, Sophie Ecclestone
Bench: Bryony Smith, Heather Knight, Kate Cross, Natasha Farrant, Katie George, Jenny Gunn
ODI Series Schedule:
Practice Match: India A Women vs England Women, April 03. Venue: Nagpur
ODI #1: India Women vs England Women, April 06. Venue: Nagpur
ODI #2: India Women vs England Women, April 09. Venue: Nagpur
ODI #3: India Women vs England Women, April 12. Venue: Nagpur
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