Highlights, Women's Tri-nation series, India vs England, 6th T20I at Mumbai, Full Cricket Score: Mandhana guides hosts to 8-wicket win

Highlights, Women's Tri-nation series, India vs England, 6th T20I at Mumbai, Full Cricket Score: Mandhana guides hosts to 8-wicket win

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So that's all we have in our coverage of the Women's T20I Tri-series. A fine performance by India today, but it's a pity that it all came a bit too late and India could not make the final of the tournament played on their home soil. Anyway, let's celebrate a thoroghly professional effort by Harmanpreet and her team. Keep following Firstpost for all live scores, updates, news, opinion and analysis from the world of sports. Until next time, goodbye.

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Anuja Patil, Player of the Match: I look to contribute to the team whenever I get the chance. (On Natalie Sciver's dismissal) I thought she could try reverse-sweep, so I tried to bowl a bit fuller. I think Ill play for the team whenever I get the time, whether T20 or ODI. To make it to the ODI team, I have to spend more time at the wicket.

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Anuja Patil adjudged the Player of the Match for her stellar bowling figures of 3/21 in 3.5 overs.

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Harmanpreet Kaur, India captain: We were discussing in team meeting. After 8 games we have won this. It was a great effort from all team members, especially from fielding. So really happy with the effort. I always enjoy fielding. Really great effort from my side as well as from team members. Yesterday, we were watching the game. The wicket was a bit slower. We had to show patience on wicket and hit good areas. We have seen when England was playing, they were not getting big hits, so we decided to hit along the ground. We had to contribute as a team. I think this win will play big role when we play ODI now.

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Heather Knight, England captain: It was a slow wicket. We have a young side. We have to put in a few partnerships. The loss today is not too much of a concern; T20 is a fickle game. Saturday (final) will be a new game.

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India Women 108/2 (Smriti Mandhana 62, Harmanpreet Kaur 20) after 15.4 overs

Hartley back into the attack. Two fours in the over, one for Mandhana and one for Kaur bring India level. And then the win off a wide. Symbolic of the indiscipline of the England bowlers in this match that the winning run came via a wide. 

India beat England by 8 wickets to register their first win of the tri-series. However, the win mattered little as India have already been knocked out.   

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Four! Kaur sweeps and picks up a boundary herself. India a run away for victory.

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Four! Mandhana hammers one through mid-wicket. That was a poor delivery. A complete half-tracker.

India vs England, 6th WT20I at Mumbai, latest update: Hartley back into the attack. Two fours in the over, one for Mandhana and one for Kaur bring India level. And then the win off a wide. Symbolic of the indiscipline of the England bowlers in this match that the winning run came via a wide.

India beat England by 8 wickets to register their first win of the tri-series. However, the win mattered little as India have already been knocked out.

Preview: Led by Harmanpreet Kaur, India's women's cricket team will look for their solitary win in the ongoing T20 tri-series when they play England in Mumbai on Thursday. India are already out of contention for a berth in the final, but they would look to salvage some pride on their home turf in what is turning out to be a disappointing home season following a successful tour of South Africa.

In their previous encounter against England, visitors chased down the 198-run target for the loss of just three wickets, powered by a sublime hundred from Danielle Wyatt. Besides contending with Wyatt and an in-form England line-up, India would hope for their batting to play to its potential on a friendly Brabourne Stadium pitch.

Heather Knight, Harmanpreet Kaur. Reuters

File image of England skipper Heather Knight and India captain Harmanpreet Kaur. Reuters

Apart from Smriti Mandhana, none of the batswomen has fired, and the hosts have been stymied by the increasingly ordinary run of form of the experienced Mithali Raj. The ODI skipper has been guilty of not being able to push the scoring at the top of the order, and in the process, putting pressure on her partner Mandhana. In India's previous game, against Australia, Mithali was relieved of opening duties and sent in at No 3, but the 35-year-old fell first-ball to Megan Schutt.

India's death bowling also remains a concern, and all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar has admitted that she needs to work on bowling in the end overs.

Eighteen-year-old Vastrakar made her T20 debut versus South Africa at Potchefstroom last month. She has grabbed six wickets in seven T20 internationals.

"In the death overs, I need to improve on my fuller length deliveries, because I go for runs on length balls. So I need to improve on yorkers and slower ones," Vastrakar said on the eve of team's clash against England in the T20 tri-series.

"In the team meetings, we often speak that we have to attack on stumps. If they (batters) get a mis-hit, then they can get bowled," she said.

Vastrakar had returned with figures of two for 28 in the game against Australia, but the team eventually lost the encounter.

With PTI inputs

Updated Date: March 29, 2018 13:02:35 IST

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