Mar 22, 2016 Highlights 18:30 (IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost 18:26 (IST) It's all over! Veda, given the ball for the first time today, bowled a terrific over. Started with 4 dot balls, then Harmanpreet puts down a sitter off the fifth ball at cover and then a four off 18:19 (IST) 18:13 (IST) 18:07 (IST) 18:04 (IST) OUT! Ekta Bisht strikes again! This time the big wicket of Sciver, 19 off 29, as he cuts one straight to Mithali at cover. England are close to the target but India are making this a close 17:56 (IST) OUT & OUT! Two wickets in two balls yet again. Ekta Bisht strikes off consecutive balls, with her left arm spin, to send back Heather Knight (stumped by Sushma) & Lydia Greenway 17:49 (IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost 17:36 (IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost 17:35 (IST) What an over that was Harmanpreet Kaur! 4 - 4 - 4 - W - W - 0 (that last ball was nearly a wicket!) 17:20 (IST) OUT! Ekta Bist - in for Poonam Yadav - strikes off her first ball, and it's the big wicket of captain Charlotte Edwards. The leading edge is taken by 17:00 (IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost 16:30 (IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost 16:22 (IST) 16:18 (IST) OUT! After dropping sitters, England take a super catch to dismiss Shikha Pandey. Katherine Brunt with a stunner at midwicket. Shikha steps down, seems to have hit it well enough and placed 16:00 (IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost 15:33 (IST) 15:20 (IST) IND Women's XI: Vanitha, Smriti, Mithali, Harmanpreet, Veda, Anuja, Jhulan, Shikha, Sushma, Ekta, Rajeswari 15:05 (IST) 18:37(IST) Scenario: England need to win all. India need to beat Windies, then there will be three way tie for 2nd place and then net run rate
On that note, it's goodbye from here us at Firstpost. Hop on over to the other big game of the day as Pakistan take on New Zealand in Mohali 18:34(IST) 18:31(IST)
Both cases batting let the team down badly...
18:30(IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost
The turn almost did the trick. Ekta Bisht has has a brilliant game, but not enough on the board again for India.
High drama but finally two points for England. That fails to tell the story of how close this match was.
(You could almost sense Snehal's disappointment in her words) 18:28(IST) 18:27(IST)
Heather Knight is player of the match for her 3 for 15 18:26(IST) 18:26(IST) 18:26(IST) It's all over! Veda, given the ball for the first time today, bowled a terrific over. Started with 4 dot balls, then Harmanpreet puts down a sitter off the fifth ball at cover and then a four off the last ball by Shrubsole.
0 0 0 0 DROPPED 4.
England sneak past the finish line! WHAT A MATCH! Yet another heart-breaking defeat for India women's though 18:20(IST) 18:20(IST)
Tight single, but England scamper across. 3 needed from 12
OUT! What a match this is turning out to be! Another run-out, Rajeshwari this time from point. Jenny Gunn falls. England need 4 from 13, India need two wickets 18:16(IST) Oh, unlucky for Jhulan Goswami! An off-cutter completely bamboozles the batter, hits her on the knee roll and ball tracker shows that would have hit the stumps. The next ball is a streaky edge for four! England inch closer.
What a thriller!
After 17 overs England Women 86/7 18:13(IST) 18:13(IST)
OUT! Bullet direct hit from Ekta! What a day for her! Wicket-maiden from Rajeswari too. India need 3 wickets,. England need 12 from 24 18:09(IST)
Ekta Bisht, back in the team for the game, finishes with 4-0-21-4 18:07(IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost
Bisht delivered the 2 wickets I asked for, again of consecutive balls. But there are so many balls left, to score these runs, that England are still favourites to win this easily.
Nat Sciver was Looking like she will see England home, but she's out too. Wyatt and Brunt with the responsibility now. Both can certainly bat, but will the turn defeat them?
18:04(IST) OUT! Ekta Bisht strikes again! This time the big wicket of Sciver, 19 off 29, as he cuts one straight to Mithali at cover. England are close to the target but India are making this a close fight
After 14 overs England Women 75/6 (Need 16 runs from 36) 17:56(IST) OUT & OUT! Two wickets in two balls yet again. Ekta Bisht strikes off consecutive balls, with her left arm spin, to send back Heather Knight (stumped by Sushma) & Lydia Greenway (LBW)
England are 62/5 after 12 overs, Target 91 17:49(IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost
England stabilising after those wickets. And with the positive start they had, runs required is not really a factor. They are well within the run rate required.
Harmanpreet bowled a lot of googlies, including the one that got Taylor. Spinners are also bowling slower now, and batting isn't easy. Singles are being stopped, fielders are in the circle. Another 2 wickets could change things
17:48(IST) After 10 overs, England 55/3 (Target 91)
India have pulled things after Harmanpreet's over. Just 13 runs from the last four overs, and 4 from the last two. It's all spin.
The Twitter debate on Mankad-ing is back on, but thankfully in the context of this match, Sarah Taylor was dismissed off the next few balls
17:41(IST) 17:39(IST) 17:36(IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost England wererattling along, despite losing Edwards early. Sarah Taylor showing India how to play the spinners on a slow wicket, using her feet beautifully. She isn't England's best player of spin for nothing.
Mithali has used 5 bowlers in six overs, and the fifth got two huge breakthroughs after conceding three fours! Both set batters out now, and India in with a chance. Knight's wicket will be key!
And Harmanpreet had a chance to mankad Taylor as well in the sixth. Should've done so too. 17:35(IST) What an over that was Harmanpreet Kaur! 4 - 4 - 4 - W - W - 0 (that last ball was nearly a wicket!)
Tammy Beaumont started off with 3 fours - two through the off and one through the leg. Tammy then mishits a sweep, Anuja takes a catch. Big wicket off the fifth ball as Sushma stumps Sarah Taylor, who was looking so good! And nearly bowls Sciver off the last ball to complete a hat-trick, but not to be.
Can India make a match out of this now? 17:26(IST) After 5 overs, England 30/1 (Target 91)
Meanwhile, Sarah Taylor is in a hurry to finish this off. After Ekta gets Charlotte, Taylor hits two brilliant boundaries off that over - both over long on after excellent use of feet. She is batting on a different track it seems. Of Anuja's next over, she brings out the sweep. She is off to 16 off just 10 balls, with 3 fours
OUT! Ekta Bist - in for Poonam Yadav - strikes off her first ball, and it's the big wicket of captain Charlotte Edwards. The leading edge is taken by 'keeper Sushma with a good catch diving forward 17:05(IST)
Yes! Do not understand the logic behind saving the best batter for the end...
India start with spin too, as expected. Anuja Patil with the ball...
England are definite favourites here, but the pitch should offer enough assistance to India's spinners. They will miss the slow(wwww) spin of Poonam Yadav though
17:00(IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost
Excellent awareness of the slowness of the wicket has been central to restriciting India here. They called right at the toss, and then took the pace off the ball, despite playing four seamers.
The batting order shuffle reflects some knee jerk reaction from India, after the loss against Pakistan. Sending Pandey ahead of the in form Harmanpreet and Veda, after just one bad match, on a slow wicket, was difficult to explain.
Just five runs from the last over and a couple of run-outs from the last over - both Anuja and Harmanpreet falling in the last over.
India finish with 90 for 8 after 20 overs 16:47(IST)
India 85/6 after 19 overs 16:44(IST)
Perhaps came too late in the innings?
Couple of much-needed boundaries for India from Harmanpreet Kaur (a cut short past short third) & Anuja Patil (a pull past fine leg). 22 runs from the last three overs
India 79/6 after 18 overs 16:37(IST) 16:36(IST)
OUT! Sarah Taylor with a brilliant low catch behind the stumps, as Jhulan under-edges one. She walks as well. Shrubsole with her second. India in dire straits! 16:34(IST)
India are 65/5 after 16 overs. Can they reach 100 here? Harmanpreet looking in good touch again, 8 runs from the 16th over including a well played sweep shot for four.
16:30(IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost
England made a double strike by removing both Mithali and Panday in succession, and have tightened the stranglehold. And Veda Krishnamurthy being bowled by knight was a big blow, as she was in good form.
The wicket is proving very difficult to play shots on, and India need some big overs. Harmanpreet and is capable of doing that, but will need to adjust to the pace of the wicket ASAP. Seeing how difficult boundaries are to find, India might just need to settle for a single every ball.
Looking ahead, India might regret dropping Poonam Yadav, seeing how low the wicket is. But then hindsight is a beautiful thing.
16:29(IST) OUT! Another wicket, this is time it's Veda who falls trying to up the ante. She's bowled by Heather Knight, with her offspinners from around the wicket. England are dominating! 52/5 now after 14 overs. All the pressure on Harmanpreet Kaur...
OUT! Oh dear, Mithali Raj is gone after yet another odd innings, 20 off 33 balls. India 47/4 after 12.1 over are struggling yet again. England thoroughly dominant so far 16:18(IST) OUT! After dropping sitters, England take a super catch to dismiss Shikha Pandey. Katherine Brunt with a stunner at midwicket. Shikha steps down, seems to have hit it well enough and placed it well too, but Brunt covers a lot of ground, and takes a running catch and tumbles over. Shikha falls for 12 off 19 balls.
16:13(IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost
England have kept things tight as they have taken pace off the ball to accentuate the slowness of the pitch. Difficult to say what a par score here is, but India need at least 120 to have something to bowl at.
Pandey and Mithali are hitting the ball hard but not getting results. Both are batting well below a run a ball, and need to up the ante.
16:11(IST) After 10 overs 36/2 India (Mithali 14, Shikha 9)
India have stemmed the rut here but there is still no momentum, 20 runs in the last five overs with just one four. Shikha survived a close caught behind call, a reverse sweep hit the forearm and bobbles up, Sarah Taylor takes a stunning reflex catch but umpire rules it not out. There was yet another dropped chance too as Shikha hit one straight to cover and it was put down
England not giving any pace at all for the Indian batters to work with!
16:07(IST) 16:00(IST) From Snehal Pradhan, former India women's cricketer and writer for Firstpost
When England captain Charlotte Edwards opened the bowling with off spinner Heather Knight, it initially seemed it was to combat the presence of the left hander Smriti mandhana, who opened. She dismissed Vanita instead, who twice now has been dismissed going across the line.
Smriti showed some glimpses of fine form, but the slow nature of the pitch almost almost got her out twice. She top edged twice, one fell in no man's land, the other was dropped. Anya Shrubsole bowled her in the sixth over though, to make it England's power play.
15:53(IST) OUT! Smirit Mandhana can't make her luck count! After a poor start, she looked in good knick with a couple of neat pull shots in the 4th over. Then off Shrubsole's steady medium-pace, she is bowled off an inside edge! Another bad start for India. After 5 overs 16/2 India (Mithali 2, Shikha 1)
15:43(IST) After 3 overs 8/1 India (Smriti 7, Mithali 0)
Smriti Mandhana, who has struggled in the tournament so far, is off to a shaky start. Plays a wonderful straight drive in the 2nd over but after that mistimes a pull, the top-edge falls between three fielders. Then in the next over, off spinner Knight, another top edge goes to the fielder who lets it slip between her hands! Mithali yet to get off the mark.
India cannot afford yet another poor start like they had against Pakistan
15:34(IST) 15:34(IST) 15:33(IST)
OUT! Bad start for India! England start with an off-spinner at the top and the ploy works! Vanitha mistimes a sweep and skies it to mid-on. In walks Mithali Raj in the first over! 15:31(IST) 15:30(IST)
The new Indian women's team took the field against Pakistan. They lost two early wickets. Then they became the old India. They offered dead defensive strokes, instead of dabbing the ball softly and taking singles.
As we wait for the action to begin, here's a look at Snehal Pradhan's analysis of India's approach in the previous match
It's time for the National Anthems..
It's time for the National Anthems..
15:23(IST) 15:20(IST) IND Women's XI: Vanitha, Smriti, Mithali, Harmanpreet, Veda, Anuja, Jhulan, Shikha, Sushma, Ekta, Rajeswari
15:18(IST) Unlucky to have lost the previous tie against Pakistan by just two runs via D/L method, the Indian women's cricket team will be fighting a survival battle when it takes on a strong England side at the ICC World Twenty 20 in Dharamsala on Tuesday.
Indian Women have never defeated the English at World Cups. It's sort of a reverse Pakistan situation facing Mithali Raj and Co
Mithali Raj at the toss: We would have batted first. We lost the toss and we got what we wanted. We will look forward to improve the batting
Toss won by England, who chose to field 15:02(IST)
Unlucky to have lost the previous tie against Pakistan by just two runs via D/L method, the India women's cricket team will be fighting a survival battle when it takes on a strong England side at the ICC World Twenty 20 in Dharamsala on Tuesday.
It's a must-win game for India after they lost a heartbreaking match against Pakistan at Kotla on Saturday. Duckworth-Lewis was India's nemesis on the day ,apart from their ordinary batting, as Pakistan edged them out by 2 runs
Hello and welcome, Firstpost's coverage of the Women's World T20. It's India vs England at the scenic Dharamsala! India vs Pakistan match report:
Pakistan women defeated India by two runs via D/L method to register their first victory in the World Twenty20 at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Saturday.
Choosing to field first on a two-pace wicket, Pakistan put up a superb show to restrict India to 96 for seven in 20 overs. In reply, Pakistan were 70 for three in 14 overs but the Indians raised hopes of a fight back by picking three wickets in the next two overs. Pakistan were 77/6 till 16 overs.
Mithali Raj in action in the World T20. PTI
But the match was stopped due to rain, forcing the Duckworth & Lewis Method to come into the picture which gave the visitors the two-run victory.
Pakistan, who lost their previous match to the West Indies, were overjoyed with the win, while the Indians were really disappointed as they failed to make it two wins out of two matches.
However, Pakistan deserve full credit for the way they bowled at the start against the Indians. Pacer Asmavia Iqbal (1/13) and spinner Anam Amin (1/9) were right on the dot against captain Mithali Raj (16) and V. Vanitha (2). By the end of the sixth over, India were seven for two -- Anam removed Vanitha, while Asmavia accounted for Smriti Mandhana (1).
The pressure was telling on Mithali, as she was the third wicket to go having scored 16 in 35 deliveries. India were 34 for three then when their skipper departed.
Later, Harmanpreet Kaur (16) and Veda Krishnamurthy (24) tried their best but failed to accelerate as India were restricted to 96 for seven.
In pursuit of the low total, Pakistan were helped by Sidra Ameen (26) and Nahida Khan (14). No.3 batswoman Bismah Maroof (5) was removed by Harmanpreet. And later India removed Iram Javed (10), Asmavia (5) and captain Sana Mir (0) to trigger a stunning comeback before 16 overs.
Then Pakistan required 20 runs in four overs with bowlers to come in but the sky opened up, intervening in the match that could have seen an exhilarating finish. And as the D/L method was brought in, Pakistan were ahead and won by two runs.