India Women defeated England Women by eight runs in the 2nd T20I at County Ground in Hove to level the ongoing three-match series.
Put to bat first; the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side posted 148/4 on the scoreboard in their allotted 20 overs. Opener Shafali Verma was the main highlight in the Indian batting unit. She scored 48 off 38 deliveries. The explosive right-handed batter smashed eight fours and a six, including five fours on the trot in Katherine Brunt‘s over.
All-rounder Deepti Sharma and skipper Harmanpreet made valuable contributions of 24 not out and 31, respectively, to take India to a competitive total.
In reply, England were comfortable at one stage when they had eight wickets in hand, and the score was 106 in the 14th over. But then, a sudden collapse changed the course of the match, and the hosts could only manage to score 140/8 after 20 overs.
Deepti, who made a vital contribution with the bat, shined with the ball as well. She picked up one wicket in her quota of 4 overs, while conceding only 18 runs. Another star performer with the ball was a senior spinner, Poonam Yadav. The Agra-born bagged a couple of scalps and gave away 17 runs in 4 overs.
England opening batter Tammy Beaumont was the top-sorer for her side. She made 59 runs from 50 deliveries, including seven boundaries.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
I see Shafali Verma is doing *things*. And by *things* I mean *hitting Katherine Brunt for five consecutive boundaries*… 👀 #ENGvIND
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) July 11, 2021
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 11, 2021
Of batters averaging >25 in WT20Is, Verma's career strike rate is >20 more than next best. #ENGvIND
• Shafali Verma 145.8
• Sophie Devine 124.3
• Deandra Dottin 123.7
• Beth Mooney 122.5
• Smriti Mandhana 120.8
— Isabelle Westbury (@izzywestbury) July 11, 2021
Fine win by the Indian Women's team. Fought valiantly when Eng were comfortably placed. Fielding has been top quality.Sneh Rana has been a find of the tour. Kept her cool while bowling the 20th.Many positives.Need intent in batting in middle overs. India were around 15 runs short
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) July 11, 2021
India win by 8 runs 👊
— ICC (@ICC) July 11, 2021
Most sixes in Women's T20Is before turning 18 years old:-
30 – Shafali Verma🇮🇳
3 – Jemimah Rodrigues🇮🇳
3 – Chloe Tryon🇿🇦
3 – Leimara Tastuki🇻🇺#ENGvIND
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) July 11, 2021
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) July 12, 2021
It does not matter how good your English is if you beat the English in England in a sport invented by the English.
The English will find a way to talk to you.
Just like they did for Deepti Sharma.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@SachinAzharCT) (@ovshake42) July 11, 2021
Pulled the match and the series back to level! 💪
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) July 11, 2021
Shafali Verma is just fearless, total team player and always looking to score without looking on her score, a calculative play.
— Bhawana (@bhawnakohli5) July 11, 2021