Harmanpreet 143*, Renuka four-for help India to unassailable 2-0 lead


India 333 for five (Harmanpreet 143*, Deol 58) beat England 245 (Wyatt 65, Renuka 4-57) by 88 runs

Harmanpreet Kaur‘s towering unbeaten century delivered India a powerful victory over England at Canterbury and an unassailable 2-0 ODI sequence lead.

India’s 88-run win, constructed on Harmanpreet’s 143 not out off 111 balls, means Saturday’s finale at Lord’s can be a lifeless rubber within the context of the sequence with England’s finest hope now claiming the 2 ICC Girls’s Championship factors on provide in a comfort victory after successful the T20I leg of the tour 2-1.

Requested to attain the primary 300-plus run chase in a ladies’s ODI after India posted 333 for five – their second-highest within the format, England managed 245 in reply, Danni Wyatt‘s half-century coming in a dropping trigger as Renuka Singh claimed 4 wickets to place the consequence past doubt, India successful with 34 balls to spare.

Having received the toss and opted to bowl first in cool and cloudy circumstances, England knew the important thing to forcing the sequence to a decider on the dwelling of cricket was to decrease the specter of India’s firing prime order.

Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet had carried their aspect to a commanding seven-wicket win within the opening ODI at Hove on Sunday, with 91 and 74 not out respectively, Mandhana additionally retaining her aspect in rivalry throughout the T20Is with an unbeaten 79 in the second match.

England began nicely sufficient when Kate Cross, taking part in her fiftieth ODI, bowled Shafali Verma within the second over of the match and Charlie Dean took a pointy return catch to take away Yasatika Bhatia and break a second-wicket stand of 54.

Opener Mandhana seemed harmful once more although, peeling off 4 fours and swatting Sophie Ecclestone over the fence at broad long-on on her approach to 40. Nevertheless it was Ecclestone who ended Mandhana’s knock with one which spun again in to beat the tried sweep and strike the aspect of her again thigh for lbw. At that stage Mandhana had placed on 33 runs with Kaur, who carried on in positive contact with Harleen Deol retaining tempo properly.

Deol dispatched Ecclestone down the bottom for six to maneuver to 47 and raised her fifty a short while later with a single dabbed by midwicket after which carried India previous the 200-mark with one other most, swept over deep sq. leg off Lauren Bell.

By the point Bell had Deol caught by Wyatt at deep midwicket, India have been on monitor to submit an imposing whole and Harmanpreet was into a shocking rhythm.

Harmanpreet unleashed her signature slog-sweep to devastating impact and was additionally punishing to the off aspect, her two sixes over the covers off debutant Freya Kemp bookending a brutal slog off Ecclestone over the deep midwicket boundary.

Kemp, the 17-year-old left-arm seamer who has had a formidable maiden worldwide summer season in England’s T20I staff, endured a torrid introduction to the longer format. After bowling seven overs for 28 runs, she ended up conceding 82 runs off her 10-over allocation for only one wicket, that of Pooja Vastrakar, who was caught by Emma Lamb within the forty sixth. It was the most runs conceded by an England bowler in a ladies’s ODI, adopted by fellow seamer Bell, who took 1 for 79 from 10 overs.

Harmanpreet added the lion’s share as she and Deepti Sharma piled on one other 71 runs after Vastrakar’s dismissal at a staggering partnership run rate of 17.75, the very best for a 50-plus stand in ladies’s ODIs the place knowledge is offered.

They took 62 runs off the final three overs, 26 of these coming off the forty eighth as Kemp despatched down six broad deliveries and went for 3 fours and a six. Harmanpreet helped herself to 18 of the 19 runs Kemp conceded off the ultimate over, together with one other aerial cowl drive for six adopted instantly by three consecutive fours to finish a shocking show.

Alice Capsey, the prodigiously gifted teenage allrounder, despatched a scare by the England camp when she left the sphere within the twenty ninth over after showing to jam her finger into the bottom making an attempt to cease a well-struck ball from Deol at midwicket.

Nonetheless, Capsey did are available to bat at No. 4 after England had slumped to 12 for two when Tammy Beaumont was run out by none apart from Harmanpreet, firing the ball in brilliantly to the non-striker’s finish from mid-on and Renuka rearranged Sophia Dunkley’s stumps. Capsey seemed decided to combat, dealing solely in fours on her approach to 24 off 10 balls earlier than working Vastrakar off her pads to deep midwicket for her first single.

The DRS had been on the blink all through the match because of technical points and wasn’t out there when Lamb was arguably unfortunate to be given out lbw to Renuka strolling throughout her stumps and England slid to 47 for 3.

When Capsey fell for 39 steering Deepti to Shafali at mid-off, it was within the fingers of skilled duo Wyatt and Amy Jones – England’s appearing captain within the absence of the injured Heather Knight and Nat Sciver, who’s taking a psychological well being break – to regular the house aspect once more.

They placed on 65 runs collectively however when Renuka bowled Wyatt for 65 with a dipping yorker to say her third wicket and Dayalan Hemalatha had Jones stumped with solely her third supply after coming into the assault, it felt like solely a matter of time earlier than India ended issues.

Renuka claimed her fourth when Ecclestone picked out Deol on the deep midwicket boundary. Quickly Shafali picked up her maiden ODI wicket – and third in worldwide cricket – when Cross did not overturn her lbw dismissal through a now-working DRS. Dean produced a stable knock at No. 9 to succeed in 37 from 44 balls earlier than she was final batter out, stumped off the bowling of Hemalatha, however the harm was carried out lengthy, lengthy earlier than – by Harmanpreet.

Valkerie Baynes is a normal editor at ESPNcricinfo

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