Every time England Women and India Women meet, it results in an exciting match. These two sides tend to deliver a match full of exuberance and action. Following India’s Commonwealth Games success, where they won the silver medal, the Women in Blue are back in action against the Three Lionesses.
Let us look at some of the most iconic matches between the two nations.
England spoil the night for India in 2017 World Cup Final
In India Women’s most recent World Cup final, the Women in Blue met England Women. In this ODI, England stood adamantly against the might of the Indian bowlers. A strong effort by Nat Sciver and Sarah Taylor followed by a last-ditch effort by Katherine Brunt and the tailenders helped England stretch their total to 228.
India needed 229 to clinch their maiden world title, an achievable target given the strong squad of batters. However, the tables were turned when Smriti Mandhana went out for a duck and skipper Mithali Raj was run out for just 17. For a while, India seemed back on track with a solid partnership between Punam Raut and Harmanpreet Kaur. However, after both batters lost their wicket, the wickets came tumbling down.
India were inches closer to their first World Cup but lost in the penultimate over as the scoreboard showed 219 all out. India Women lost by nine runs in this exhilarating match that almost went down to the wire.
India hand England their first win in 2022 World Cup
England were on the back of three straight defeats out of three games in the 2022 World Cup. India, on the other hand, were on the back of an emphatic win over the West Indies. India were the clear favourites heading into the match with captain Mithali Raj in top form. However, things didn’t turn out well for the Women in Blue.
Opener Yastika Bhatia lost her wicket early on and Mithali Raj lost her’s for just a single. Deepti Sharma struggled to get runs on board and later got run out in a desperate attempt, leaving for a duck in 10 balls. Things did not look good for India Women, who should have dominated the game. A valiant effort by opener Smirti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Richa Ghosh and Jhulan Goswami helped India set a target of 135 as the Women in Blue were all out in the 37th over.
Knowing that a herculean task lay ahead of them, India Women had a fiery start as they dismissed the English openers for a single each. The scoreboard showed 4/2 in just three overs. However, a captain’s knock of 53* by Heather Knight and Nat Sciver’s 45 off 46 balls did enough damage for the rest to finish off the game within 32 overs.
Revenge on English soil for India in 2022 Commonwealth Games
It was redemption long overdue for the Women in Blue in the semi-finals of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. India Women met England Women as the ghosts of the past still haunted the visitors. India, with Harmanpreet Kaur leading from the front, were adamant to win the gold in the Commonwealth Games. Moreover, they had a score to settle.
Smriti Mandhana, the tournament’s leading run-getter, had a quick start to her innings, smashing 61 off just 32 balls. A solid performance by Jemimah Rodrigues’s 44-run knock, followed by Harmanpreet’s 20 runs and Deepti Sharma’s 22 helped India set a target of 165.
The second innings saw England drop a couple of wickets early but somewhat handle the pressure. Desperate attempts by skipper Nat Sciver and Amy Jones saw both batters run out in the 18th and 19th over. With the score 151/5 heading into the final over, the match went down the wire. Sneh Rana, who picked up a wicket earlier in the innings, bowled the final over. A dot and a single were her first two deliveries, followed by the dismissal of Katherine Blunt on the third. A couple of singles in the next two deliveries ensured India’s safe passage to the final of the Commonwealth Games tournament. India Women had gotten their revenge against the Three Lionesses on English soil. Also Read: How Will Women’s Indian T20 League Impact Female Cricket in India?
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