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.
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