Sarah Glenn, Sophia Dunkley arrange crushing England win over India

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England 134 for 1 (Dunkley 61*) beat India 132 for 7 (Deepti 29*, Glenn 4-23) by 9 wickets

England coasted to victory within the opening T20I in opposition to India at Chester-le-Avenue, an unbeaten 61 from Sophia Dunkley anchoring their chase after Sarah Glenn had collected 4 for 23, the legspinner’s greatest figures in T20Is, to restrict India’s batters on a humid night time in Durham.

Dunkley acquired quite a few lives however turned more and more fluent to document her second fifty and highest rating within the format, sharing in stands of 60 and 74 alongside Danni Wyatt and Alice Capsey as England reeled in a goal that had the potential to be difficult with a full seven overs to spare. Having knocked England out of the Commonwealth Video games on their very own patch a month in the past, India succumbed to a nine-wicket defeat.

Amy Jones, standing in for Heather Knight within the absence of Nat Sciver, who withdrew from the sequence to give attention to her psychological well being, inserted India after a delayed toss, with the beginning pushed again by half an hour after heavy rain earlier within the day. As within the males’s Take a look at, there was a guard of honour and a minute’s silence earlier than play, in tribute to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

England’s seamers, lacking the expertise of Katherine Brunt in addition to Sciver’s all-round expertise, made a unfastened begin however the guests had been shackled through the center overs and it required a cameo from Deepti Sharma, who top-scored with 29 off 24 balls, to get them to a good whole. Within the occasion, a greasy outfield and a few rusty fielding enabled England to get house at a canter.

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Dunkley’s streaky begin
England’s opening pair had knocked off virtually half the runs by the point they had been separated within the seventh over – however Dunkley may need been dismissed on at the very least three events through the powerplay. She was caught behind from her third ball, just for the third umpire to deem that Renuka Singh had overstepped, after which noticed Shafali Verma put down a simple catch at mid-off on 15 – Renuka once more the unfortunate bowler.

In between, there have been quite a few thick edges and miscues, and one wild heave at Renuka that noticed the ball miss leg stump and beat the keeper for 4 byes. Wyatt may need gone, too, when Dunkley’s name for a fast single to mid-off practically resulted in each batters being on the similar finish. The primary ball after the powerplay, Dunkley received away with driving a catchable likelihood again previous the bowler, Sneh Rana, however India lastly broke the stand when Richa Ghosh pulled off a unbelievable leg-side stumping to take away Wyatt.

Dunkley made good on her fortune, rising England’s tempo within the firm of Capsey, who as soon as once more seemed fully at house in solely her eighth T20I look, twice hitting clear sixes down the bottom to complete unbeaten on 32 off 20.

India slip-slide to defeat
In addition to retaining Dunkley on the crease, India’s sloppiness within the subject made life more and more simple for England of their chase. Circumstances had been tough underfoot, as emphasised by the sight of Radha Yadav having to be helped off the pitch after hurting her shoulder whereas making a cease at backward level – however quite a few unforced errors stored the scoreboard ticking. Renuka, Pooja Vastrakar, Kiran Prabhu Navgire and Simran Bahadur, considered one of India’s substitute fielders, all managed to misjudge balls that escaped to go for 4, whereas the one six that Dunkley hit was one other likelihood – albeit a tough one – that Harmanpreet Kaur dropped over the rope at long-off.

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“It was not 100%, the circumstances to play cricket, however nonetheless we put within the efforts,” Harmanpreet stated afterwards. “The bottom was too moist and there have been so many probabilities to get injured – and considered one of our gamers [Radha] received injured additionally, she was our predominant bowler and that is why we had been one bowler brief. However the best way we had been placing within the effort, I am actually pleased.”

Glenn reins India in
Regardless of being inserted in what appeared prime seam-bowling circumstances, India loved a stable powerplay, solely dropping Smriti Mandhana whereas pushing the rating on to 41. Mandhana had tucked into the bowling of her Southern Courageous team-mate Lauren Bell, on England debut, however fell to the second of two consecutive lbw opinions off Bryony Smith’s offspin.

It was spin that undermined India’s good begin by the center overs. Glenn’s first three balls went for six runs however she rapidly corrected to bowl a skiddier size and had Shafali holing out to long-off. Sophie Ecclestone then delivered a maiden over to the returning Dayalan Hemalatha, enjoying her first T20I in additional than three years, and the stress maybe contributed to Hemalatha swiping at a straight one within the subsequent over to go away India 55 for 3.

Ecclestone’s second over went for 13, Ghosh launching an infinite six over deep midwicket, as India’s fourth-wicket pair threatened to kick on. However Ghosh miscued a Freya Davies slower ball to long-on and Harmanpreet was bowled by Glenn, the ball retaining horribly low to rattle off stump. When India’s debutant, Navgire, slog-swept straight to deep midwicket within the seventeenth over, Glenn had her first T20I four-for.

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Alan Gardner is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick

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