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England women collapsed helps India keep series alive

Despite Tammy Beaumont’s quick fifty, England collapsed late in a chase of 149 and fell eight short, allowing India to keep the multi-format series alive.

Verma vs Brunt

Following a duck against her nemesis in game1, the Indian opener blasted the veteran for five consecutive boundaries after being passed on the strike by her partner from the opening bell.

Verma dutifully dispatched the short balls she’d been expecting to the midwicket lines, blasted one over the bowler’s head, and even skillfully sliced one past point to help India steal 21 runs off the over and add to Brunt’s annoyance.

Harmanpreet Kaur gets a raise

Despite all of the talk about her lack of form across formats, the Indian captain was promoted at the drop of a hat. Harmanpreet decided to take matters into her own hands after Verma died in such a short period of time. To make up for the dots early in her knock, she hopped down the track to Mady Villiers for six-over deep midwicket that came as a release shot, and then took on Sarah Glenn for4,4, and 6 in the space of four deliveries across the leggies two overs.

England is already in peril

England’s chase didn’t get off to a good start in the powerplay, as they lost two wickets in as many overs. Danni Wyatt miscued Arundhati Reddy’s full and wide ball straight to the Indian captain at mid-off, unable to create enough power to clear the infield. Nat Sciver paid the price for her greed by calling for a daring single off a wide that Richa Ghosh failed to catch. The Indian wicketkeeper fumbled but made up for it by catching the oncoming batter just short of her crease with a direct hit, despite tumbling.

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Brief scores:

India 148/4 in 20 overs (Shafali Verma 48, Harmanpreet Kaur 31; Nat Sciver 1-20) beat England 140/8 in 20 overs (Tammy Beaumont 59, Heather Knight 30; Poonam Yadav 2-17, Deepti Sharma 1-17) by 8 runs

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