The first bat in Hove, India, put 148 runs on the board, aided by Deepti Sharma’s late 24 runs. She would then return with bowling figures of 1/18 in 4 overs, and also inflict an important run-up to English captain Heather Knight.
Deepti Sharma, who has competed in more than 110 international matches, says she has now gotten better at reading the match, and is as busy as Sunday with high-pressure situations.
‘I like to play in pressure situations, whether it’s in any position in the team – batting, bowling or fielding. As an all-rounder, I just want to contribute to my division and take the team forward, ‘Deepti Sharma said at the post-match virtual press conference.
‘I like to distract from the front, like in local tournaments when I play as a senior player and win matches for my team, which gives others confidence.
‘If you bring this confidence here, this platform is obviously not easy, but it depends on how you handle it. I now know how to read and handle situations, so I find it easy to play, because I know I can handle things easily now, ‘she added.
Deepti Sharma talks about the turning point in India’s return:
Behind 149, England chase starting batsman Tammy Beaumont (59) and captain Heather Knight (30) at 106/2. In the 14th over, Deepti Sharma put the break on it with the Beaumont wicket, outside lbw, and then an unusual knockout from Knight at the end of the non-attacker.
From there, the host had a slippery slope and could not recover as the borders dried up and the wickets still fell with India achieving a narrow 8-run victory in a match that at one stage looked like England.
‘It was a crucial and crucial wicket [of Beaumont]. Earlier [in the same over] we also took a DRS [review against Beaumont] but we were unhappy [as the had ball pitched outside off]. Next, when I bowled [Beaumont was given lbw, England reviewed and this time] it was the referee’s call and it hit the stumps. It gave us a lot of confidence.
“We jumped back after that and then the run out helped us pull back the game,” she said.
With the series level at 1-1, the third and final T20I and final match of the tour is on July 14 in Chelmsford.