ICC Women's World Cup, ENGW beat INDW: Records broken
England Women trounced India by four wickets in a crucial ICC Women's World Cup encounter at the Bay Oval on Wednesday. Batting first, the Indian women's cricket team was bowled out for a paltry 134 in just 36.2 overs. In response, England Women won the match (136/6) in 31.2 overs. This was India's second loss from four games. Here are the details.
India Women kept losing wickets throughout their innings with only opener Smriti Mandhana hitting 35 and wicket-keeper batter Richa Ghosh making 33. Charlotte Dean was the chief architect for England, claiming four scalps (4/23). In response, England Women were reduced to 4/2 before Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver helped the side with significant scores. Knight's unbeaten 53 made the difference.
Playing her 68th ODI, Mandhana made a decent 35 from 58 balls. She hit four fours. The opener has raced to 2,677 runs in ODIs at 42.49. Mandhana has raced to 448 runs in the Women's World Cup at 37.33. She surpassed former Indian player Chanderkanta Kaul in terms of WC runs (447). Meanwhile, Richa (33) has raced to 261 ODI runs at 29.00.
Knight shined for England Women with 53* from 72 balls. She slammed eight fours. The England skipper has raced to 3,357 ODI runs at 37.30. She slammed her 23rd ODI fifty. Knight now has 557 runs in the World Cup at at 37.13. She registered her third World Cup fifty. She has 494 runs against India, hitting her second fifty.
Sciver smashed 45 from 46 balls, hitting eight fours. She has raced to 2,447 ODI runs at 39.46. Sciver now has went past 500 ODI World Cup runs as well. She has 541 runs at 49.18.
Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami claimed figures worth (1/21) from seven overs. She has now become the first bowler in women's ODI cricket to register 250 wickets. Goswami has 250 scalps at 21.83, including 41 in the ICC Women's World Cup. Fellow Indian bowler Meghana Singh (3/26) notched her best figures in ODI cricket.
England Women registered their maiden win in the ongoing World Cup. Having played four games, they have one win and three losses with a NRR of +0.351. They are placed sixth in the eight-team table. India have four points and are third (NRR +0.632).