Hyderabad: As India started their journey to the Women’s T20S World Cup in Australia on a victorious note against England, they have now lost their second consecutive match of the tri-series as England beat them by 4 wickets at Melbourne on Friday.
England skipper Heather Knight won the toss and put India into bat. The openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana gave a decent start to the team wherein Shafali Verma found it difficult to time the ball. She got out for 8 as India were 39/1. Smiriti Vandhana showed her resistance in the middle alongside Rodrigues but missed out on a 50. She got out for 45.
None of the batswomen in the middle order showed signs of a comeback as India finished on 123/6.
Chasing 124, all England had to do was to hit an odd boundary here and there and Keep running well between the wickets. India’s strike bowler in the series, Rajeshwari Gayakwad was once again among the wickets as she picked 3 important wickets.
She sent Natalia Sciver back for a well-made 50 but it was too late for Team India to make a comeback in to the game. The Indian bowlers couldn’t make the break-throughs in the crucial time, which resulted in yet another loss in the Tri-series. None of the bowlers except for Rajeshwari Gayakwad was among the wickets.
India now has a lot to worry about as they had earlier lost to Australia by 4 wickets in the previous match before starting the Tri-series with a win against England. This is their second consecutive loss in the Tri-series.