In the 15th match of the ongoing ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, England thrashed India to register their first win in the tournament.
Charlotte Dean‘s career-best 4 for 23 and a brilliant half-century by Heather Knight set up England’s four-wicket triumph as the defending champions bounced back from three consecutive defeats in the multi-team competition.
Reduced to 4/2 after having restricted India to a mere 134, England’s chase was resurrected by crucial knocks of Nat Sciver (45) and Knight (53 not out). India’s Meghna Singh achieved her career-best 3 for 26, but that wasn’t enough to stop Englishwomen chasing the low target with four wickets in hand.
Earlier, Dean dominated with her splendid bowling dismissing the likes of Harmanpreet Kaur (14), Sneh Rana (0), Pooja Vastrakar (6) and Jhulan Goswami (20) to complete her four-wicket haul in 8.2 overs. However, it was Anya Shrubsole who did the early damage by removing opener Yasika Bhatia (8) and captain Mithali Raj (1) to claim her 2-fer for 20 runs in six overs.
India were 86/7 at one stage before Richa Ghosh (33) and Goswami added a vital 37-run stand for the eighth wicket to make sure the Women in Blue breached the 100-run mark. India eventually were bundled out for 134 in 36.2 overs.
“A bit of relief to be honest. A bit scrappy in the end but getting over the line was important. We were disappointed with the way our fielding was going. The mentality of the girls was great, they went out there and were aggressive. It wasn’t an easy wicket. A few more on the board would have been tricky. I just wanted to be the one out there to finish. I want to congratulate Jhulan on her 250 wickets, amazing achievement. Nat Sciver scored quickly on what wasn’t an easy wicket. Very chuffed for her. The cricketing gods are on our side and are looking after us,” said England skipper Knight after the match.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— ICC Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 16, 2022
Second #CWC22 game, career best ODI figures! 🔥
Today's Player of the Match, Charlie Dean 👏 pic.twitter.com/HhDK0ngcY5
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) March 16, 2022
Englands first win in 5 months 😅 floodgates 👊👊
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) March 16, 2022
That's that from the #ENGvIND game.
England win by 4 wickets.
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 16, 2022
ENGLAND 🏴🏴🏴🏴 get in! #CWC22
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) March 16, 2022
Charlie Dean is very impressive. Joint-leading wicket-taker in home ODI series against NZ, then 4-23 in her second World Cup match. Good, promising signs for England.
— Amy Lofthouse (@amy_cricket) March 16, 2022
Eng-, if I might put it this way, er-land! What a superb victory. Huge congratulations to Anya Shrubsole on reaching 100 wickets and that there Charlie Dean is making waves, isn’t she? Like @AlexHartley93 says, that’s the England we know and love. Onwards! #CWC22 🏏
— @firstname.lastname@example.org (@mrchrisaddison) March 16, 2022
Heather Knight, Beautiful beautiful player!!
— Nik (@IRONlK) March 16, 2022
— Greg (@Greggie) March 16, 2022
Jhulan Goswami is a GOAT in Women's cricket. pic.twitter.com/tiDmq1ZiAA
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 16, 2022