Smriti Mandhana    Getty Images
Smriti Mandhana Getty Images

India Women won an easy game, after losing three matches on trot. Smriti Mandhana and Indian spinners flattened England to pocket 8-wicket win in the 6th T20I at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. A target of 108 was never going to be a challenge for the Indian Eves. England for the second time in a row were restricted to below-par score. In the second innings, they did have their moments in the middle scalping Mithali Raj and Jemimah Rodrigues cheaply. Mandhana then took over, striking it clean, big and taking India to the finishing line with ample of time on hand. Harmanpreet Kaur played the second fiddle.

India’s chase saw no pressure on the batters. Mandhana continued to provide powerful start to India and a horrid one for Katie George who was smashed for three consecutive boundaries in the second over. Tammy Beaumont dropping a sitter handed by Mandhana proved to be costly for the English Women.

Mandhana whacked every delivery that came her way for a boundary as she cruised to 10-ball 26 within the Powerplay. She was maintaining the same momentum despite losing Mithali and Jemimah within the Powerplay. India were 49 for 2 when the required rate dipped.

Harmanpreet then joined Mandhana on the crease leading India to their only win with caution. Mandhana, in the process brought up her third half-century in style. Her this half-century came off 32 deliveries. The duo stitched together 630-ball 60 for the third wicket. Harmanpreet, on the other hand, took her own time as she remained unbeaten on 31-ball 20.

Earlier, England became the first team in this series to elect to bat after winning the toss. They dominated until the Powerplay over the Indian bowlers. Although they lost Amy Jones early on, England had the aggressive Danielle Wyatt on the crease. They added 54 runs in the Powerplay. Once the spin quartet – Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav – entered the contest, the wickets started tumbling.

Their good length got the better of the England batters, especially with Poonam and Radha unleashing variety of them. There were some high fielding moments as well with Harmanpreet’s blinder to remove Danielle Hazell at long-off.

England will now meet Australia in the final of Tri-Series on Saturday.

Brief scores:

England Women 107 all out in 18.5 overs (Danielle Wyatt 31; Anuja Patil 3 for 21) lost to India Women 108 for 2 in 15.4 overs (Smriti Mandhana 62*, Harmanpreet Kaur 20*; Danielle Hazell 2 for 17) by 8 wickets

Player of the Match: Anuja Patil