• Beaumont buries India Women in first T20I

    Opener Tammy Beaumont smashed a half-century for England Women in Guwahati to help her team to a 41-run win over India,and earns Monday’s Play of the Day award, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.

    England’s veteran opener was sensational for the visitors as she racked up 62 runs off 57 balls after the touring side had won the toss and elected to bat first. The right-hander smashed nine blistering boundaries in her knock and took home the much-deserved Player of the Match accolade for her contribution.

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    Beaumont featured in two fantastic partnerships, first with Danielle Wyatt (35 off 34 balls, 5×4) at the top of the innings, and then with captain Heather Knight (40 off 20 balls, 7×4) at the tail end of the innings as the visitors took the attack to the Indian bowlers.

    The wicketkeeper-batter was unlucky to be stumped on the third ball of the final over off the bowling of teenager Radha Yadav (2-33), but her knock was enough to power England to 160-4 in their allotted overs.

    England’s Katherine Brunt (2-21) and Linsey Smith (2-22) did most of the damage for the visitors in the second innings as they helped restrict India to just 119-6 from their 20 overs. Shikha Pandey’s unbeaten 23 runs and Deepti Sharma’s 22 not out were the only notable contributions as India’s batting imploded, the hosts falling 42 runs shy of their target.

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    India and England will face off in the second T20I at the same venue on Thursday, with the English looking for a series-clinching win on Indian soil. It would serve as perfect revenge after the visitors lost the recently-concluded three-match ODI series 2-1 to the home side.


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