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Smriti Mandhana guides tourists to win to set up a series decider in T20

Opener Smriti Mandhana scored an unbeaten 79 to lead India to an eight-wicket win over England and set up a decisive setup in the three-match Twenty20 series. Chasing 143 to win, India cruised home with 20 balls to spare in the derby, as Mandhana hit 13 fours in his 53-ball innings.

He was supported by Harmanpreet Kaur’s 29 not out and Shafali Verma’s 20.

Earlier, England made 142-6 with 18-3 and 54-5, 17-year-old Freya Kemp scoring her maiden half-century, an unbeaten 51 off 37 balls.

India had improved considerably from their lackluster performance in the series opener on Saturday, with Radha Yadav brilliant in the field and Sunya Rana 24-3.

He was then joined by a brilliant Mandhana, who scored his 17th T20 half-century, and his sixth against England, with a brilliant display of power and guile.

The final match of the T20 series will be played in Bristol on Thursday (18:30 BST) before three one-day internationals begin on Sunday.

Smriti Mandhana guides tourists to win to set up a series decider in T20

Camp impresses but England’s inexperience shows.

England, who are missing three of their most experienced and influential players in captain Heather Knight, vice-captain Nate Sciver and fast bowler Catherine Brunt, have spoken of their desire to take a more aggressive approach to Twenty20 cricket. , which can lead to holidays.

Softly out early, Sophia Dunkley fell to spin again when she was stumped by Deepti Sharma before Danny White was caught at slip and Alice Capsey was run out after a miscommunication with Bryony Smith. Got out.

Stand-in captain Amy Jones and Smith steadied the ship before both fell quickly, leaving Freya Kemp and Maya Bouchier, who scored an international career-best 34, to pull towards a competitive total.

Kemp took advantage of anything in his arc, hitting three huge sixes and three fours, but India learned quickly and effectively paired it with some wide bowling, as he scored 24 off 12 balls.

England wasn’t as clinical as they usually are in the field, with some sloppy miss-fields, exemplified by Danny White dropping Harmanpreet Kaur on 19.

Kemp also started with the no-ball, with the opening delivery and free hit both going for four, while Kempsey opened with five wides.

There were some encouraging signs with Lauren Bell coming back well with figures of 0-23, having conceded 14 runs in her first two overs, while Freya Davies dismissed Dylan Himaltha with a beautiful ball that Hit on top of the off-stump.

‘Mandhana was poetry in motion – Reaction

England spinner Sophie Ecclestone: “I don’t think we scored enough runs tonight. We would have liked 20-30 more runs on the board, but Mandhana showed her class.

“It was amazing to see Campy and Butch batting so well together – it bodes well for the future.

“Campi is so calm, nothing fazes him. You think he has the head of a 25-year-old on his shoulders.”

Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur: “The way we executed on Saturday was something we discussed and I’m glad we were able to do that.

“It was really important for us that we executed our plans and I was really pleased with how the bowlers executed them today.

The game on Thursday is very important. Whenever we get to that final in the World Cup or the Commonwealth Games, we’re always nervous so it’s a good opportunity for us to get used to things like that and express ourselves.

Former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta on BBC Four: “Mandhana was poetry in motion. She didn’t muscle it in, it came naturally to her. She was a joy to watch batting today.” “

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