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Smriti Mandhana POWERS Indians to an eight-wicket win in the second T20 between England and India

After England batted first and reached 142/6, India completed the chase in 16.4 overs, losing only two wickets.

Smriti Mandhana was the leading scorer in the match.

Smriti Mandhana hit 79 runs off 53 balls as India Women’s cricket team defeated England by eight wickets in Derby.

Smriti Mandhana of Team India smashed an unbeaten 79 off 53 balls with 13 boundaries to set up India Women’s eight-wicket win at Derby on Tuesday (September 13).

Harmanpreet Kaur remained unbeaten on 29 off 22 as India won by 143 runs with more than 3 overs to spare.

England had rallied from 54/5 in the 10th over to post a total of 142/6 the brilliant half-century from 17-year-old Freya Kemp.

Who became the youngest woman batter in T20 internationals to reach the milestone.

During their opening stand of 55 runs from 35 balls, India severely punished the left-bowling, armers with Shafali Verma (20 off 17) and Smriti Mandhana smashing 19 runs off her one over.

At the end of the powerplay, Shafali was caught and bowled by Sophie Ecclestone, but Mandhana went on to a 36-ball half-century.

Along with her, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur sailed to 29 from 22 balls after being dropped by Danni Wyatt at deep midwicket on 20.

“We needed to come back stronger and level the series after the last match,” I said, trying hard not to take a rash shot and take it deep.

It’s a good wicket for batting. I regained my touch, timing the ball as I desired.

“You go out as the opener and try to get your team off to a good start,”

Mandhana explained after the game.

Mandhana said,

“I’m honored to contribute. It depends on the bowlers and the day.

She (Shafali Verma) tries to dominate, but she is aware of my and her weaknesses, so we switch bowlers.

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Harmanpreet was pleased with her team’s performance in the second T20 match.

“I’m happy with how we did today.” We talked about and applied what we had learned in Durham.

“We have a plan for the players; all we have to do now is execute it brilliantly,”

Harmanpreet said after the game.

“When we were batting together, it seemed like we were really focused on how to win the innings,”

Harmanpreet said. “With those singles, we know when to go for it.”

England had fallen three runs behind in three overs, setting up their worst powerplay since March 2021.

Deepti Sharma stumped Sophia Dunkley in the second over, and Renuka Singh Thakur got just enough away movement to tempt Wyatt into nicking one to slip six balls later.

Radha Yadav, whose diving effort in the second over of England’s chase resulted in a shoulder injury in the first game, appears to be doubtful for the second game.

The 23-year-old walked off the field in pain, leaving India one bowler short.

With a win, India would tie the three-match series at 1-1.

England Women 142/6 (Freya Kemp 51 n.o., Maia Bouchier 34; Sneh Rana 3/24) were defeated by India Women 146/2 in 16.4 overs (Smriti Mandhana 79 not out and Harmanpreet Kaur 29 not out.)

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