Cross four-for helps England bowl out India for 169

45.4 overs India Ladies 169 (Deepti 68*, Mandhana 50, Cross 4-26) vs England Ladies

Taking part in her first worldwide match at Lord’s, Kate Cross picked up 4 wickets to assist England bowl India out for 169 and threaten to spoil Jhulan Goswami’s last worldwide match. India had been 29 for 4 inside the primary hour earlier than half-centuries from Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma took them to a good whole.

England opted to bowl first on a brilliant, cloudy day and Cross – for the third time within the collection – dismissed Shafali Verma cheaply to supply an early breakthrough. It was the second successive time that Cross’ nipbacker bowled Shafali via the gate.

Quickly after, Cross swung one in late to bowl Yastika Bhatia too because the batter missed an tried straight drive. She dropped a return catch from Harmanpreet Kaur when the India captain was on 4 earlier than beating her inside edge with an inducker. That missed probability didn’t price England a lot as Cross trapped Harmanpreet lbw in her subsequent over.

Freya Davies, who India had been comparatively pleased to face at that time, then despatched again Harleen Deol through an overturned lbw choice. 4 down inside the primary powerplay, India had been at risk of folding up fairly early within the face of some disciplined new-ball seam bowling.

However Mandhana discovered an ready ally in Deepti, and the duo stored the hosts at bay for shut to fifteen overs. Mandhana picked up a 4 in every of Freya Kemp’s first two overs earlier than Deepti managed to get apiece every off Sophie Ecclestone and Charlie Dean. Mandhana additionally accomplished her second half-century of the collection, following her 91 from the primary ODI.

However Cross struck in her second over on return, Mandhana toe-ending an innocuous quick ball down leg onto her stumps to finish the 58-run stand and put England again in management. Just a few quiet overs adopted and it culminated in Dayalan Hemalatha’s wicket for two off 17 balls.

Deepti managed to maintain the scoreboard transferring by discovering boundaries repeatedly. After taking her time to get in, Pooja Vastrakar too opened up, smashing Dean and Davies for 2 fours every. Quickly, Deepti received to her twelfth half-century within the format. However Dean trapped Vastrakar lbw to finish her 40-run restoration partnership with Deepti.

Goswami, who was given a guard of honour as she walked out to bat, might final just one ball. Renuka Singh’s swipe throughout the road then discovered a prime edge and canopy. Deepti managed to farm the strike and take India previous 150 however Ecclestone fired one in to lure Rajeshwari Gayakwad in entrance and set England a goal of 170 for a comfort win.

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