ENG vs IND: England has kicked off their series against India by imposing dominance through bat and ball at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Saturday, September 10. What an incredible game from the English side. Avoiding any slightest mistake in the very first game, they won it by 9 wickets. The English side was led by Amy Jones, who acted as a standing captain in the absence of Heather Knight. Winning the toss, they decided to chase the Commonwealth silver medalists. The game was viewed on different levels, as both teams had come together to play their bilateral series after grooving some curry of victory, defeat and immense lessons to learn from the Commonwealth Championship.
Additions were made to the Indian squad in the form of two youngsters, Dayalan Hemalatha and Kiran Navgire, who was called upon to manage the team’s middle order. On the English side, major players like Nat Sciver, Brunt and captain Knight were missing. Youngsters like Freya Kemp and Lauren Bell were added to the squad. The game began with Smriti Mandhana and Shefali Verma opening for India. The two openers contributed a few runs to the side, offering the required momentum. Mandhana was especially as steady with her runs as she scored 23 at a strike rate of 115.
Least was India aware of the Sarah Glenn storm that was about to destruct their entire batting order. Mandhana was bowled before wicket by Bryony Smith. Glenn then picked Verma, Dayalan Hemalatha and Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur with her jaw-dropping bowling performance. The entire upper order was destructed when India had hardly reached 60 runs. There was absolutely zero chance of forming partnerships. Holding the players back in itself was a task for the Indian side.
That's that from the first T20I.
England chase down the target in 13 overs. Win by 9 wickets and go 1-0 up in the series.
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) September 10, 2022
Richa Ghosh’s wicket was secured on Freya Davies’ delivery. Debutant Navgire fell prey to Glenn’s phenomenal attack. Deepti Sharma came in to bat sparking some ray of hope as she played a quick game of 29 runs. Sharma took the game unto the final delivery and India’s score was set at 132 with 7 losses in all. Sarah Glenn shined with her 4-wicket spell. She bowled at an economy of 5 and was assisted by Davies and Smith, who secured a wicket each.
The score seemed defendable but again, it wasn’t a tough one for England. They needed to play at a run rate of 6.6 per over. England being the mighty team that it is, chased the entire score in just 13 overs. Sophie Dunkley shined with her 61 runs inning. She played an impressive game, contributing the major runs for England alongside Danni Wyatt and then Alice Capsey. Dunkley played at a strike rate of 138. Wyatt played a quick game but wasn’t able to stay back longer. Sneh Rana secured Wyatt’s wicket in the 7th over, when she had contributed a total of 24 runs.
Alice Capsey and Dunkley then finished the game for the English side. Capsey played at an impressive strike rate of 160. A quick chase for the English side, leaving no chance for the Indians. They played at a run rate of 10+ per over, securing the game in merely 13 overs. With this England has secured their first game against India out of the three T20 games scheduled to be held. They won the game by 9 wickets and will definitely hope to carry the momentum forward.
Sarah Glenn was named the Player of the Match for her fabulous 4/23.
ENG vs IND 1st T20I Brief Score:
India 132/7 (Deepti Sharma 29 (24), Sarah Glenn 4/23) lost against England 134/1 (Sophia Dunkley 61 (44), Alice Capsey 32 (20), Sneh Rana 1/31) by 9 wickets.