Ekta Bisht spins India Women to 66-run win over England Women
Ekta Bisht's run-out of Natalie Sciver changed the match. (file photo)

A stunning collapse from the visiting England Women saw India Women claim the opening ODI in Mumbai on Friday by 66 runs.

Chasing 203 after bowling out India for 202 in 49.4 overs, England lost six wickets for 25 runs in a collapse triggered by Ekta Bisht‘s run-out of Natalie Sciver for 44.

From 111/4, England were all out for 136 in 41 overs.

Sciver and her skipper Heather Night had put on 73 for the third wicket after Shikha Pandey took two wickets to dent the chase up front. Bisht’s run-out of Sciver was followed by the experienced left-arm spinner claiming 4/25 to stun England. Katherine Brunt was stumped for 9 before Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone and Alex Hartley were in one over to end the game.

India, after a sloppy innings, fought hard to defend 202 with Pandey (2/21) and Deepti Sharma (2/33) striking vital blows. Knight was left not out on 39 off 64 balls, having watched as the innings crashed from 111/4 to 136 all out.

In the final outcome, a partnership of 54 for the sixth wicket between skipper Mithali Raj (44) and wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia (25), as well as 30 down the order from Jhulan Goswami, proved decisive. (READ: Team focused on getting direct entry into 2021 World cup: Mithali Raj)

India made a promising start, with Smriti Mandhana’s 24 off 42 balls helping India made a promising start, with Mandhana’s 24 off 42 balls helping Jemimah Rodrigues add 69 in 15 overs. From 69 for no loss, however, India were reduced to 95/5 as the trio of Georgia Elwiss, Sciver and Ecclestone striking.

Off the first ball of the 16th over, Mandhana was bowled by the medium-pacer Elwiss. Deepti (7) went next, stumped by Knight off Ecclestone. Then came a collapse from 95/2 to 95/5 as Rodrigues (48), the debutant Harleen Deol (2) and Mona Meshram (0) were dismissed. (READ: We want to make history in India: Heather Knight)

Mithali and Bhatia put on 54 for the sixth over before both fell in the span of 22 deliveries. Elwiss won an lbw shout against Mithali and Bhatia was run out, leaving the veteran Goswami and Pandey to try and get the score towards 200. Pandey and Bisht were run out in successive overs at the death, but a couple big shots in the last two overs from Goswami got India to 202.

The three-match series, part of the ICC Women’s ODI Championship, continues with the second game on February 25 and final ODI on February 28.

Brief scores: India Women 202 in 49.4 overs (Rodrigues 48, Mithali 44) beat England Women 136 in 41 overs (Sciver 44, Bisht 4/25) by 66 runs