England Women defeat India Women in the second One-Day International (ODI) and took an undisputed 2-0 lead in the series of three matches Wednesday at Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.
Kate cross’ five-wicket haul and Sophia Dunkley’s half century led the English team to victory with another game in the series.
The host struggled at one stage to chase a meager target of 222 when they lost five wickets for 133 in 29 overs. Then Sophia and Katherine Brunt took the crew out of the hot water and secured the ship. The duo formed an unbeaten stand of 92 runs for the sixth wicket to make sure Heather Knight-led side across the finish line.
Sophia scored 73 deliveries without 81 deliveries using six boundaries, including a six. On the other hand, Brunt made an unbeaten 33 off 46 balls, including three boundaries. Apart from the pair, opener Lauren Winfield Hill also made a valuable contribution with 42 runs from 57 deliveries.
Poonam Yadav was the bowler’s choice for India, with two wickets for 63 runs in her quota of ten overs.
Earlier, Cross completely dominated the proceedings and helped her team put the visitors together at a score of less than 221 runs. The Lancashire bowler got a five-wicket haul for 34 runs in her ten-over quota. She drops valued scalp from Smriti Mandhana (22), Jemima Rodrigues (8), Harmanpreet Kaur (19), Deepti Sharma (5) and Sneh Rana (5).
Apart from Cross, Sophie Ecclestone also impressed with her bowling. She takes three scalp shots for 33 in her quota of 10 overs, including 2 girls.
Indian skipper Mithali Raj was again the only standout in the batting list. She achieved a much-needed half-century and kept her end as much as possible. Mithali scored 59 runs from 92 deliveries, including six boundaries.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
happiness @ katecross16 – the example of hard work, determination and perseverance – and to get rewards at the end of it. What an inspiration 👊👊 for @dunkleysophia as well as who is an absolute star ⭐️ # ENGvIND
– Isa Guha (@isaguha) 30 June 2021
Sophia Dunkley is surely the next superstar in world cricket. Achieved a fifty on debut in Test cricket. Scored a fifty when she batted for the first time in one-dayers. Numerous runs if her team needs the most
– Sarang Bhalerao (bhaleraosarang) 30 June 2021
Hats off to Sophia Dunkley, a beat of class, calmness and experience that goes beyond what she actually has internationally. She won that match from a position that it was in the balance #bbccricket # EngInd
– Dr. James Pope (@ JamesPope10) 30 June 2021
How good is Sophia Dunkley ?! She seems to have played a hundred one-day matches rather than two # ENGvIND
– Ffion Wynne (@ ffionwynne1) 30 June 2021
Half a century on the test bend and half a century in her first one-day innings. Sophia Dunkley is in charge of it. # ENGvIND
– Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) 30 June 2021
Mithali Raj, on her favorite field outside India, now has 14 ODI 50s in England.
More than Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma (each 13).
– Isabelle Westbury (@izzywestbury) 30 June 2021
– Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) 1 July 2021
Katherine Brunt is such an asset to England’s team balance: striking ‘talismanic’ new ball bowler and equally capable of making a counter-attack, hitting late in the day or digging with the bat at number 7 👑 # ENGvIND | #ENGWvINDW
– Herb Acius (@ Na1ecz) 30 June 2021
– England Cricket (@englandcricket) 30 June 2021
– BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 30 June 2021
What a chase through England, chasing 222 runs and England was 92 for 4 of 21.4 overs. The 22-year-old Sophia Dunkley scored unbeaten 73 off 81 balls, including 5 fours and 1 six, and helped England win by 5 wickets and take 2 -0 ahead in the three-match ODI series against India. # ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/nnXc80LKEi
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 30 June 2021
– Lavanya L Narayanan (@lav_narayanan) 30 June 2021