This 2nd encounter involved host nation England and India, who battled against each other. England won the toss and opted to have a bowl first. The English bowlers struggled tremendously against the Indian batting lineup, as India displayed some superb batting. Opening the batting for India were Punam Raut and Smriti Mandhana, both having brilliant starts. This two played wonderful, gracefully guiding the ball nicely into the boundary, rotating the strike occasionally, such patient and disciplined cricket. Raut and Mandhana had an opening partnership of 144 before Heather Knight got the breakthrough for the English. She got the wicket of Mandhana who went for 90 runs including 11 4s.
This didn’t stop the Indians though as they continued to flourish their innings immensely. Mithali Raj and Raut lead the Indians to a massive total of 281 from their 50 overs. Raj will be the last wicket to fall with the final ball of the innings, she departed for 71 runs, Raut was dismissed for 86 runs.
Chasing a huge total England didn’t get off to good start losing their first three wickets for 67 runs by the 18th over. Attempting to build back the innings for England was Fran Wilson who top scored with 81 runs including 6 4s. At one point England seemed like they were on their way to victory as the Indian fielders had a couple of missed chances dropping catches. However, this wasn’t to be as the Indians redeemed themselves getting four run-outs, when England had some horrible running and lots of hesitation in between the wickets. England lost their final wicket in the 48th over. Anya Shrubsole skied one and was brilliantly caught by substitute fielder Veda Krishnamurthy. England ended on 246 all out from 47.3 over, India won by some 35 runs.
Women’s World Cup action continues tomorrow where South Africa and Pakistan will face each other in the 3rd match.