2nd ODI: Pandey, Goswami floor England women for 161
Shikha Pandey bettered her previous best figures of 4/34. (AFP Image)

India medium pacer Shikha Pandey produced career-best figures of 4/18, aided well by her new-ball partner Jhulan Goswami (4/30), to bowl England women out 161 in the second ODI in Mumbai. Opting to bat first, England’s batting order never looked to be in control, losing wickets in regular intervals to set India a modest target to take the series.

The total could have been much smaller had it not been for Natalie Sciver’s 85, which accounted for nearly 50 percent of the team’s total. She batted defiantly with the tail and with Alex Hartley registered the highest final wicket stand for England.

Pandey and Jhulan Goswami snuffed out England’s top order with tremendous accuracy. Pandey struck in her first over with the wicket of opener Amy Ellen Jones, and Goswami followed it up by dismissing wicketkeeper batter Sarah Taylor. Skipper Heather Knight became Goswami’s second wicket and Pandey picked up her second by removing Tammy Beaumont shortly after, which it left England hurting at 44/4.

Sciver and Lauren Winfield resisted the Indian attack and with the spinners Deepti Sharma and Ekta Bisht operating bided time to stitch a promising 49-run partnership. There was nothing audacious in their approach; just some sensible batting which England women would have liked coming more from their order. At a strike rate of just over 50, Sciver and Winfield watchfully played out the spinners and attempted to put England the road to recovery.

Seven short of 100, Poonam Yadav broke the partnership getting Winfield out caught by Smriti Mandhana, opening the gates for another mini collapse. Pandey struck twice in three balls and Poonam trapped Anya Shrubsole as England slumped to 108 for 8.

Sciver farmed most of the strike and held the innings together, getting to her half-century off 78 balls with a boundary off Bisht. Beginning her innings with a four off the first ball, Sciver opted for a measured approach, one that she benefitted from immensely. The more balls she consumed, the more confident she got.

Dropped on 42, Sciver made it count everytime India erred – three no balls for example. Sciver held her end even as Goswami and Poonam reduced England to 119 for 9 and added a crucial 42 runs with last batter Hartley, who remained unbeaten on 0. It was in final few overs in which Sciver really shifted gears before being given out LBW to Goswami.

Brief Score: England women 161 (Natalia Sciver 85, Lauren Winfield 28; Shikha Pandey 4/18, Jhulan Goswami 4/30) vs India.