England opener Danielle Wyatt completely dominated the proceedings in the third and final T20I against In the as host succeeds in defeating the visitors by eight wickets to win the series Wednesday at County Ground in Chelmsford.
Wyatt struck a sensational unbeaten 89 of 56 during England’s chase of 154. She struck 12 fours and a six to take her side in 18.4 overs over the finish line.
Wyatt is well supported by allround Natalie Sciver, who made 42 of 36 balls. The duo won a whopping 112 runs for the second wicket to take the match away from the tour party.
The Women in Blue earlier put 153/6 on the scoreboard in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to the opening batsman Smriti Mandhana’s remarkable batting performance. The left-handed batter smashed 70 runs from just 51 deliveries using ten boundaries.
Apart from Mandhana, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur hit 36 of 26 deliveries while the wicketkeeper knocked Richa Ghosh caught up with 20 off 13 balls to take India to a competitive total.
For the home team, spinner Sophie Ecclestone shone with the ball and picked up a three-wicket for 35 runs in her quota of 4 overs. Katherine Brunt also added two wickets to her name, including the prize scalp of Shafali Verma (0).
‘It’s time (to get back in shape). It was my night today. Glad to contribute to a series victory. It was a beautiful pitch, arrived, and I felt my best options were to hit straight as well as outside. There is always pressure to do good; I’m just trying to enjoy it. Will try to enjoy myself on and off the field, score runs and then see what happens (with my ODI future), ” says Wyatt after receiving the ‘Player of the match’ award.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
Quality beats that of Dani Wyatt! Well done England with a fantastic series victory and India were also equally impressive throughout. 👏👏 #indvseng
– Mask up and take your vaccine🙏🙏🇮🇳 (@ ashwinravi99) 14 July 2021
Big knock from Dani Wyatt. Under great pressure after a series of low scores, and with the series underway, she was exemplary tonight.
– daniel norcross (@norcrosscricket) 14 July 2021
Nice to see Wyatt in the runs again. We had a great finish in the last game of this series # ENGvIND
– Lisa Sthalekar (@ sthalekar93) 14 July 2021
Danielle Wyatt is now the first to win three Player of the Match awards against India in the Ladies T20Is.
Won it in Mumbai 2018, Guwahati 2019, Chelmsford 2021 – and everyone was in successful chases.# ENGvIND
– Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) 14 July 2021
Competitive was competitive. They did not have to be. Not after you could barely play / practice the best part of 18 months. They had no undertaking to save that test, after they did not have time to prepare. They had no right to challenge 🏴 in the LOIs. But they did. It’s not all bad.
– Ananya Upendran (@ a_upendran11) 14 July 2021
Every time England perform that day, you can’t help but wonder what could have happened at the SCG if their semi-final against T20 in the 2020 World Cup against India had not washed out.
India meanwhile have a lot to be proud of from what they have achieved on this tour.# ENGvIND
– Annesha Ghosh (ghosh_annesha) 14 July 2021
It should not have been an easy chase and it is to the honor of England that it was # ENGvIND
– Gwen Arthur 🏳️⚧️ (@gwnrthr) 14 July 2021
Well played, @Danni_Wyatt
Played an incredible innings: 89 * (56). One of the features of her turn was the use of the feet and spinners. India had no answers to Wyatt tonight. Congratulations England on a T20 series #ENGWvINDW
– Sarang Bhalerao (bhaleraosarang) 14 July 2021
– England Cricket (@englandcricket) 14 July 2021
– CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) 15 July 2021
Congratulations to England on winning the T20I Series. A strong batting by the home side helped them to an 8-wicket win in the last match. # ENGvIND https://t.co/E2cvZVjVKt… # ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/OBz9kO39Nv
– BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 14 July 2021