1st T20I: Beaumont, bowlers star as England women maul India
Tammy Beaumont scored 62 off 57 balls. (AFP Image)

England women emerged the better of the two sides as they beat India women by 41 runs in the first T20I in Guwahati in Monday. A half-century from Tammy Beaumont and captain Heather Knight‘s rampant 20-ball 40 had propelled England women to 160 for 4, after which India’s batsmen crumbled in their chase to finish on 119 for 6. (READ: Beaumont, Knight propel England women to 160/4)

India’s chase never took off, their top four batters falling inside 50 runs. After putting 21 runs on the board, 10 of which came through wides, Katherine Brunt dismissed debutant Harleen Deol for England women’s first success. India’s scoreline took a further beating with Linsey Smith striking twice in two balls to remove Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues. Mithali Raj and Veda Krishnamurthy tried to resist the attack but their dismissals in a space of eight deliveries triggered the shutting of doors for India women.

Deepti Sharma and Arundhati Reddy delayed the inevitable with a useful 30-run partnership for the seventh wicket. The pair combined to hit three boundaries and were helped by some sloppy bowling from the England women unit. Reddy, after managing 18 off 19 balls, perished to leave India tottering at 76 for 6. From there, Sharma and Shikha Pandey batted till the end and played a few entertaining shots to prevent India women from getting bowled out.

Earlier, Beaumont batted almost through the innings to hand England women a competitive total. Together with fellow opener Danielle Wyatt and later with Knight, Beaumont forged two useful partnerships allowing England to score freely in the second half of the innings.

After Mandhana opted to bowl in her first assignment as India captain, Wyatt and Beaumont were off the blocks after three tight overs to score three boundaries in the fourth over off Sharma. Beaumont then twice clubbed back-to-back boundaries off spinner Radha Yadav and followed it with three boundaries off an over from Reddy to bring up the 50-run partnership in the seventh over.

Wyatt and Beaumont continued to bat with flair, scoring at eight an over before Pandey finally broke through for India. Having put on a solid 93 runs for the first wicket, Wyatt lobbed a catch to Mandhana. India’s wait for their second wicket wasn’t long with Yadav removing Natalie Sciver cheaply.

With Beaumont playing sensibly and rotating strike, Knight took charge of the innings. Knight and Wyatt added 59 off 35 balls, which included the England skipper taking Reddy for five consecutive boundaries in the 18th over. It was Sharma who broke the partnership with the wicket of the Knight, holing out Krishnamurthy at long-on.

With Knight dismissed, all eyes were on Beaumont – who had reached his fifty off 47 balls – to accelerate but her dismissal allowed India to concede just 15 runs in the final two overs.

Brief Score: England women 160/4 (Tammy Beaumont 62, Heather Knight 40; Radha Yadav 2 for 33) beat India women 119 for 6 (Shikha Pandey 23*, Deepti Sharma 22; Linsey Smith 2/22, Katherine Brunt 2/21) by 41 runs.