Danielle Wyatt © Getty Images
Danielle Wyatt © Getty Images

Danielle Wyatt made a mockery of the Indian Eves highest T20I total slamming 64-ball 124 in the 3rd T20I at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. In a belter of a pitch, Wyatt played one of the finest knocks of T20I cricket, easing England to the target with 8 balls to spare. Tammy Beaumont and Natalie Sciver did add their finishing touch but it was Wyatt’s second T20I century that took the game away from Indians. In the process she became the only cricketer to score two T20I centuries. Jhulan Goswami and Deepti Sharma did have their moments in the middle, but nothing could stop England to remain unbeaten in the series.

England’s all-out attack proved effective despite India’s better show with bat and on the field. Wyatt single-handedly brought down the Brabourne Stadium smashing 15 boundaries and 5 sixes. India had scored 52 runs in Powerplay while England countered it with 62 runs. Wyatt went on to bring up her hundred off 51 deliveries, the second fastest in women’s cricket, in style off Deepti.

The only drawback for England was opener Bryony Smith struggling to play the right shots. Her mistiming handed India their first wicket with Jhulan crushing her with the yorker. Beaumont then changed the course of game with Wyatt making the chase look easy-peasy with their 96-run stand.

Earlier, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj blazed to a century stand for opening wicket put into bat. Mandhana scored her fastest T20I century and went past New Zealand’s Suzie Bates by slamming her fifty off 25 deliveries. Her knock of 40-ball 76 comprised of 12 fours and 2 sixes. Mithali, too, brought up her 14th T20I half century. Veda Krishnamurthy continued to struggle with the bat. Meanwhile, Harmanpreet Kaur and Pooja Vastrakar ensured India posted a mammoth total to keep their campaign alive in the series.

With another win to their name, England hold on to the top spot with 4 points. India, on the other hand, are on the brink of losing their track in the the series with no wins to their name.

Brief scores: 

India Women 198 for 4 (Mithali Raj 53, Smriti Mandhana 76; Tash Farrant 2 for 32) lost to England Women 199 for 3 in 18.4 overs (Danielle Wyatt 124, Tammy Beaumont 35; Deepti Sharma 2 for 36) by 7 wickets.

Player of the Match: Danielle Wyatt