India’s bowlers and Smriti Mandhana’s resilient knock salvaged a consolation win for the hosts in the third and final Women’s T20I against England at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Despite the victory, England secured the series 2-1.
Spinners Shine as India Restrict England
The young Indian spin duo of Saika Ishaque and Shreyanka Patil wreaked havoc on the English batting lineup. Both spinners picked up three wickets apiece, dismantling England’s middle order and restricting them to a modest total of 126. Only a fighting 52 from captain Heather Knight provided some resistance for the visitors.
Mandhana Anchors India’s Chase
Opening batter Smriti Mandhana anchored India’s chase with a gritty 48, hitting five fours and two sixes. Although she missed out on a half-century, her knock provided a solid foundation for the chase. Jemimah Rodrigues chipped in with a valuable 29 at No. 3, adding 57 runs for the second wicket with Mandhana.
Amanjot Kaur Seals the Victory
With the experienced Harmanpreet Kaur delaying her entry due to an apparent foot injury, youngster Amanjot Kaur displayed composure and saw India through to victory with an over to spare. She hit two crucial boundaries, including a streaky reverse-sweep for the winning runs, to secure a consolation win for the hosts.
Despite the series loss, the final T20I offered several positives for India. The emergence of young spinners Ishaque and Patil is a major boost for the team, and Mandhana’s return to form will provide much-needed confidence. As India look ahead to future challenges, they will need to address their batting inconsistency and improve their performance under pressure.
Player of the Match: Shreyanka Patil (India)
Player of the Series: Nat Sciver-Brunt (England)
This series provided valuable insights for both teams as they prepare for the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in February 2024. India will look to build on their positives while addressing their vulnerabilities. England, meanwhile, will strive to maintain their momentum and fine-tune their strategies as they seek to defend their World Cup title.
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