Indian women cricket team led by Mithali Raj pulled out a dramatic last-over one-wicket win over England at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur, on Friday.
Earlier, batting first, the English team was bowled out for 207 runs in 49.3 overs.
Indian opener Smriti Mandhana (86), along with Devika Vaidya, opened the Indian innings and put up a 37-run partnership for the first wicket.
Danielle Hazell broke the partnership by sending Vaidya (15) back to stands and then Mithali Raj (0).
After back-to-back dismissals, vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur (21) along with Mandhana stabilised Indian innings and added 51 runs for the fourth wicket. Sophie Ecclestone broke the Kaur-Mandhana partnership by sending Kaur back to the pavilion.
Following Kaur’s departure, Deepti Sharma, along with Smriti, took the charge of Indian innings and scored 24 runs before gifting her wicket to Georgia Elwiss. MInutes later, Mandhana was sent back too.
Smriti Mandhana scored 10th fifty of her ODI career.
After Mandhana’s departure, Indian cricket team lost its rhythm and lost three wickets for 12 runs.
However, India’s lower-order batter Ekta Bisht and Poonam Yadav led India to victory by scoring the winning runs.
Earlier in the day, after winning the toss, English skipper Anya Shrubsole opted to bat first and the decision looked good as Tammy Beaumont and Danielle Wyatt added 71 runs for the first.
In the 12th over of the game, Poonam Yadav struck and broke the opening partnership by sending Wyatt to pavilion at the score of 27 runs.
After Wyatt’s dismissal, wicket-keeper batswoman Amy Ellen Jones joined Beaumont at the crease but gifted her wicket to Poonam Yadav without able to open her account.
After back-to-back wickets, England squad was under pressure and Indian team took advantage of it by taking six wickets in next 13 overs.
England team was 71 for one and after 35.4 overs they were 141 for seven.
However, Danielle Hazell, along with Fran Wilson, tried to stabilize their innings by adding 40 runs for the eighth wickets, this was also England’s second highest partnership of the match.
Deepti Sharma broke the partnership by sending Fran Wilson back to stands and after that, it was just a matter of time before they were bowled out.
From Indian camp, Poonam Yadav took four wickets and Ekta Bisht sent three batters back to stands.
Deepti Sharma bagged two wickets and Jhulan Goswami took one.
From England side, Sophie Ecclestone took four wickets.
Fall of wickets:
37-1 (Devika Vaidya, 6.4), 41-2 (Mithali Raj, 8.6), 92-3 (Harmanpreet Kaur, 21.6), 166-4 (Deepti Sharma, 35.6), 171-5 (Smriti Mandhana, 37.5), 175-6 (Sushma Verma, 41.1), 182-7 (Veda Krishnamurthy, 43.6), 183-8 (Jhulan Goswami, 45.4), 190-9 (Shikha Pandey, 47)
71-1 (Danielle Wyatt, 11.3), 71-2 (Amy Ellen Jones, 12), 86-3 (Tammy Beaumont, 15.1), 100-4 (Natalie Sciver, 18.5), 102-5 (Georgia Elwiss, 20.4), 124-6 (Alice Davidson Richards, 30.3), 141-7 (Anya Shrubsole, 35.4), 181-8 (Fran Wilson, 45.2), 185-9 (Sophie Ecclestone, 46.5), 207-10 (Danielle Hazell, 49.3)
England Women (Playing XI): Tammy Beaumont, Danielle Wyatt, Georgia Elwiss, Natalie Sciver, Amy Ellen Jones(w), Fran Wilson, Alice Davidson Richards, Anya Shrubsole(c), Danielle Hazell, Alex Hartley, Sophie Ecclestone
India Women (Playing XI): Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj(c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Devika Vaidya, Sushma Verma(w), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht