England all-rounder Nat Sciver smashed a record-equalling half century earlier than the bowlers put the struggling Indian batters beneath strain to guarantee an 18 run-win for the hosts by way of DLS technique in the rain-curtailed first T20I towards right here.
Put in to bat, England rode on Sciver’s 27-ball 55, that included eight fours and successful over the fence, and wicketkeeper Amy Jones’ 43 off 27 balls to attain 177 for seven in 20 overs.
Sciver’s sensational fifty was England’s joint quickest in the format.
In reply, India failed to sustain with the required run-rate regardless of vice-captain Smriti Mandhana’s quickfire 29 off 17 balls earlier than rain gods had the final chortle with the guests at 54 for 3 in 8.4 overs, 18 runs behind England by way of the DLS technique.
England now lead the three-match sequence 1-0 and 8-4 in the multi-format factors system having lifted the ODI trophy.
Chasing 178, India was off to the worst attainable begin as pacer Katherine Brunt bamboozled the big-hitting Shafali Verma for a duck, leaving India nought for one.
However, Mandhana and Harleen Deol (17 not out) acquired the vacationers again on monitor after the preliminary upset.
With rain on the playing cards, the duo shortly stitched a 44-run partnership with Mandhana hitting six boundaries, together with successive fours off Brunt in the third over of the chase, whereas Harleen performed second fiddle.
But Sciver struck quickly, eliminating the damaging Mandhana in the sixth over.
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s (1) extended lean patch continued because the senior batter turned all-rounder Sarah Glenn’s first sufferer in the very subsequent over.
The lack of the skipper’s wicket in fast succession price the Indians expensive, guaranteeing that they have been properly behind in the DLS technique.
Earlier, veteran pacer Shikha Pandey (3/22) snared three wickets whereas spinners Poonam Yadav (1/32) and Radha Yadav (1/33) took a scalp every in what was an odd bowling effort.
Openers Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt gave England a strong begin, amassing 48 runs in the powerplay.
Radha broke the opening stand in the eighth over as wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh, taking part in her first match of the sequence, caught Wyatt trying a reverse sweep. Initially given not out, the Indians went for the assessment which confirmed an enormous spike on the UltraEdge.
After skipper Heather Knight’s departure, Sciver and Jones stored the second going. The duo strung a 78-run stand.
Harmanpreet and Harleen pulled off splendid catches in the penultimate over as Shikha struck thrice, eliminating Sciver, Jones and Sophia Dunkley (1).
While skipper Harmanpreet, fielding at lengthy on, put an finish to Sciver’s good innings by diving to pouch the ball inches over the bottom.
Two balls later, Harleen put an finish to Jones’ innings, as she jumped to take an excellent reverse-cupped catch on the boundary above her head earlier than shedding her stability.
She threw the ball in the air as she stepped out of the boundary rope solely to soar again in, diving ahead to full the catch.
Skipper Harmanpreet stated the crew’s fielding has improved significantly beneath the steering of coach Abhay Sharma however the bowling may have been higher.
“We knew there’d be rain after 8:30 PM. We couldn’t make it due to back-to-back wickets. We fielded really well, there’s a lot of improvement in our fielding. “Shikha did rather well in the bowling division. We want to consider the boundaries we’re are giving in between overs. If we will work on that, we will cease any crew. Every recreation is essential for us, in the present day was unlucky due to rain,” she stated on the submit match presentation.