3rd T20I: Spinners give India women shot at consolation win
Anuj Patil claimed 2/13. (AFP Image)

India’s spinners produced a fine show to restrict England women to 119 for 6 in the third T20I in Guwahati. Anuja Patil and Harleen Deol snared two wickets each as England women slipped from a comfortable 51 for 0 to 93 for 6 before Sophia Dunkley and Anya Shrubsole provided a late impetus to push the score.

Considering how openers Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont started off, England women seemed to be on their way to a threatening total. In seven overs, the openers brought up the 50-run stand. Beaumont and Wyatt had combined to collect four boundaries and two sixes between themselves, and scoring at seven an over, the progress seemed to be on track.

It was Anuja Patil who put the brakes on scoring and triggered the collapse, which saw England women lost six wickets for 42 runs. Patil removed Wyatt and Beaumont in back-to-back overs and Poonam Yadav sent back Natalie Sciver for a duck as the wheels began to come off. Heather Knight scored 11 off 15, and with Amy Jones, tried to lead a steady recovery. But India’s spinners, once again on the mark, broke the partnership with Deol beating Knight for flight and having her out stumped to a terrific piece work from Taniya Bhati.

Jones tried to push the scoring towards the end but was out caught by Shikha Pandey for Deol’s second wicket, who had earlier scalped the wicket of Lauren Winfield. At 93 for 6, Dunkley and Shrubsole batted out the remaining 3.2 overs, off which England women added a crucial 25 runs.

Brief Scores: England women 119 for 6 in 20 overs (Tammy Beaumont 29, Amy Jones 26; Anuja Patil 2/13, Harleen Deol 2/13) against India women.