With number one bowler Jhulan Goswami not fit, Mithali Raj led India to victory in the second Twenty20 game of the series, at the Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai. India won by 30 runs finishing 126 for seven, with England all out for 96 in 19.2 overs.
England again gave a world class performance in the field, showing their athleticism with Jenny Gunn on form, taking 3 catches to remove Naik (3-63), Kaur (6-99) and Dabir (7-122). Lydia Greenway also displayed her excellent fielding skills taking a diving catch at mid-wicket to take Sharma, off a ball from Danny Hazell. Hazell, ceased her opportunity to impress in the squad, by taking three wickets from four overs giving just twenty runs away.
With such outstanding talent in the field it was a shame England again couldn’t match this with the bat. Chasing just 126 runs set down by India, England returned to poor batting form, failing to clock up the runs and hitting too many costly errors. Greenway topped the runs with 29, before finally being run out in the fifteenth over by Naik off a ball from Raut, to leave England on 78 for four. All the early England batters fell to the hands of Naik, apart from Charlotte Edwards who was caught straight by Chopra, after adding twelve to the score off eleven balls.
The late order batters for England had been left an immense task of amassing eight an over to try and pull the game back. This proved too much for England and India soon dispatched Brunt, Wyatt and Atkins in quick succession, to win by 30 runs.
England captain Charlotte Edwards put today’s performance down to ‘a bad day at the office’ and after the game said:
‘I think both teams can do better than we did today, we lost too many wickets and made it hard for our later batsman. We just didn’t play well enough today’
We will dust ourselves down and will bounce back on Monday, ready for a fantastic game of cricket.’
With the Twenty20 series now one a piece the deciding game will be played on Monday 8 March at the Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai.
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