India’s women’s team secured a win in the third T20I match against England, boosting their confidence for the upcoming matches at home. Even after losing two games and the series, Harmanpreet Kaur’s team came out strong. At the Wankhede Stadium, the team played their best cricket of the series, displaying all their strengths.
Spinners Saika Ishaque and Shreyanka Patil claimed three wickets each, while Renuka Singh and Amanjot Kaur took two wickets each. England struggled against the spinners, losing five wickets in just 21 balls.
Heather Knight from England fought hard, scoring 52 runs, but Amanjot dismissed her innings at 52(42). England finished with a total score of 126.
In response, during the chase of 127, opener Shafali Verma attempted a big shot but missed. Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues steadied the innings without rush, but played intelligently to see the side through.
Mandhana scored 48 runs off 50 balls, including two sixes and five fours. Rodrigues played a supportive role, scoring 29 off 33 balls with a focus on the sweep shots.
Though Mandhana missed her half-century and Rodrigues got out attempting a sweep, Harmanpreet, along with Amanjot’s quick cameo of 10 runs off four balls, secured a five-wicket victory for India. The team, however, lost the T20I series 2-1 to England.
The Indian women’s team will host England in a one-off Test match in Mumbai from December 14. They will then play against Australia on December 21 in another Test match. The T20I match and series against England has served as a crucial exposure tour for the women’s side.