The Indian women’s team started the ODI series with a win and took a 1-0 lead against England. Both the team’s captain and vice-captain shone in this victory.

INDW vs ENGW: Smriti Mandhana wreaks havoc on the England team. India won the first ODI by 7 wickets. The Indian women’s team won the first ODI against the England women’s team by seven wickets. England set India a target of 228 runs. However, Team India managed to win without any trouble. India’s opener Smriti Mandhana, who played an uneven innings of 91 runs, played a vital role in the victory.

The Indian women’s team got off to a good start in the ongoing three-match ODI series against England women. India defeated England by seven wickets in the match at the County Ground, Hove on Sunday (September 18). England set India an easy target of 228 runs. It was achieved with 34 balls to spare. Opener Smriti Mandhana played a vital role in the victory of the Indian team and played an uneven innings of 91 runs. The second match of the series will be played in Canterbury on September 21.

Yastika-Harman’s half-century innings..

Chasing the target, the Indian team got off to a poor start as Shefali Verma (1) lost his wicket in the second over to Kate Cross. Yastika Bhatia and Smriti Mandhana won the innings by adding 96 runs. Yastika scored 50 runs. It has eight fours and one six. Charlotte Dean is out. Smriti Mandhana completed her half-century shortly after Yastika’s release.

Smriti appeared in full swing. It looked like she was going to complete the century. However, a ball from Kate Cross took the edge of her bat and went to mid-on where Davidson-Richards was caught. Smriti scored 91 runs off 99 balls with 10 fours and a six. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur also contributed well to Mandhana. There was a 99-run partnership between the two for the third wicket. Harmanpreet Kaur remained unbeaten on 74 (seven fours, one six).

An unimpressive start for England..

Batting first after losing the toss, the English team lost the wicket of veteran opener Tommy Beaumont (07) at a personal score of 20 runs. Beaumont was out lbw on a dream ball by Jhulan Goswami. After some time fast bowler Meghna Singh was also caught by second opener Emma Lamb (12) by wicket keeper Yastika Bhatia. After this Jhulan with two spinners Deepthi and Rajeshwari Gaikwad (one wicket for 40 runs) kept the run rate down.

England team continued to lose wickets. At one stage after the 34th over, their score was 128 for the loss of six wickets. But the batsmen at number seven, eight and nine added over 100 runs to take the team to 227 for seven. Danny Watt (43 runs), Ellis Davidson-Richards (50 not out) and Sophie Ecclestone (31) contributed to England. In the end, Charlie Dean was also unbeaten on 24 off 21 balls.

Davidson-Richards put on an unbeaten partnership of 50 for the seventh wicket with Ecclestone and 49 with Dean for the eighth wicket. Jhulan Goswami scored 20 runs in 10 overs and took one wicket for India. Along with her, Deepti Sharma gave 33 runs and took two wickets. Apart from them, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Meghna Singh, Sneha Rana and Harleen Deol got a wicket each.

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