Skipper Mitali RajThe second consecutive fifty was in vain, as Sophie Dunkley created a fighting half-century after Kate Cross scored five benches to help English women win a spotted victory over Indian women and gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in a three-match series. here on Wednesday.
Invited to fight, India can handle a level below 221 in the planned 50 overs, to build largely around the 92nd ball of Raj 59 and the 55th ball of opening Shafali Verma 44. Chasing 222 for victory, the English fighters could not to win from their starts to lose five wickets for 133 for 28.5 overt, but Dunkley (73 not out) and Catherine Brant (33 not out) created 92 partnerships for the unconquered sixth wicket to take the team home with 15 spare balls.
Lauren Winfield Hill, 42, and Amy Ellen Jones, 28, were other notable collaborators for England in the chase. Raj did not come out on the field during the chase in England because she got neck pain and her deputy Harmanpreet Kaur leads the visiting team. Radha Yadav was Raj’s substitute.
Earlier, the 38-year-old Raj, who scored 72 in the first ODI, once again stood out in his passes with 92 balls, which were dotted with six boundaries, but she did not receive any support from the other end as Cross continued to break the door.
Put in a bat, Die Mandhana (22) and Shafali Verma (44) gave India a good start, adding 56 runs for 11.5 overs before the former played one on his stumps to become Cross’s first victim. Jemima Rodriguez (8), who replaced Punam Raut in player XI, continued to fight the bat as Cross induced a leading edge of the batter to leave India at 76 for two in 16 overs.
Then Verma, who scored seven fours in her inning with 55 balls, was surprised by Sophie Ecclestone with Ecket’s goalkeeper Ellen Jones, which caused a sharp stumbling block at the next end. Raj and vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur then calmed the inning, sharing 68 leaks of 103 balls to carry India across the 100-mile mark.
However, Cross returned to ruin the partnership, this time getting rid of Kaur, who eventually gained the lead – like Rodriguez – and was easily beaten by bowling.
New dough Deepti Sharma received a limit, but paid the price for a bad shot, as it was caught by Sophie Dunkley in depth, and Cross was again the beneficiary. Sne Rana, one of the star performers in the one-off test, also fell in a similar way, with her leading edge caught by Heather Knight after a bit of juggling while Cross took her fifth victim.
Tania Bhatia then shaved one next to the goalkeeper while Shikha Pandey was also caught backwards while the Indian women fell to 181 for 8 of 44 overs. Raj was then exhausted as he tried to steal a second run. Julan Goswami and Poonam yadav then sewn 29 running 22 balls to swell the Indian total.