• Wyatt demolishes India Women to clinch series

    England Women’s Danielle Wyatt smashed an unbeaten half-century against India to help seal the T20I series for the visitors, and earns her Thursday’s Play of the Day award, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.

    The explosive opener helped England Women bag a comfortable five-wicket victory over India in the second T20I in Guwahati to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Wyatt trounced the opposition bowlers on her way to a blistering 64 not out (55 balls, 9×4), taking the visitors over the line with five balls to spare.

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    England inserted India to bat first and restricted the home side to just 111-8 in their 20 overs, with former captain Mithali Raj top-scoring with her 20 off 27 balls. Katherine Brunt did the most damage as she picked up 3-17 in four overs, dismissing captain Smriti Mandhana (12), along with debutant Bharati Fulmali (18) as India Women suffered another batting collapse.

    The second innings began with the loss of opener Tammy Beaumont (8) in the powerplay, with England on 28-1. The visitors suffered a rocky spell as they lost the rest of their top order for single figures following a destructive spell from Ekta Bisht (2-23).

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    Wyatt then took matters into her own hands with a fine knock that saw her carry her bat throughout the innings. The right-hander needed 55 balls for her unbeaten 64 runs (9×4), and hit the winning runs with a boundary off the bowling of Deepti Sharma (1-18) on the first ball of the final over.

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    India will need to win in the final T20I on Saturday if they hope to salvage any pride in the series and avoid a whitewash.


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