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‘Sensible Batting’ Secures England’s Series Win

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England Women v India Women 3rd T20I Chelmsford on Wednesday 14th July

Commentators applauded a ‘crucial innings’ by Danni Wyatt, whose return to form clocked her 8th ‘fifty’ in T20I. Wyatt’s 89* from 56 balls included 12 ‘fours’ and one ‘six.’ Wyatt scored 13 runs from the penultimate over, securing England’s 8 wicket win with eight balls to spare. After the match, Wyatt told the BBC she’d ‘just batted sensibly’

*As broadcast on BBC2-TV, commentators (Isa Guha, Alison Mitchell, Dani Hazell, Alex Hartley, Jenny Gunn and Tymal Mills) set the scene with ‘all to play for’ in this third and final T20I. They added it was a ‘crunch-game’, that England ‘had to win’ to beat India in the multi-format series. Had India won, then the series would have been tied

*India suffered two early wickets during their lowest scoring powerplay of the series (28-2 after 6 overs.) Shafali Verma (0) was skittled by Katherine Brunt’s second ball; and Harleen Deol (6) was caught by Natalie Sciver – the first of Sophie Ecclestone’s (3/35) three wickets.

* As leading wicket-taker across the series, Sophie Ecclestone later told the BBC that England ‘came back strongly’ after the ODI and the ‘disappointment at Hove’ (losing the previous T20I)

*Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (36) and Smriti Mandhana (70) ‘both played well,’ for their 68-run partnership.

*BBC statisticians added that Smriti was ‘true to form,’ striking one ‘four’ from every five balls faced – adding that Smriti was the ‘highest scorer of the series’

* After 6 overs of powerplay, England were convincingly ahead on 42-1. India’s strike bowler Arundhati Reddy bowled just one powerplay over, having to leave the field with a shoulder injury – and was unable to bowl after making a horizontal boundary dive. Jemimah Rodrigues substituted

* Danni Wyatt (89*) and Natalie Sciver (42) ‘made light work’ of England’s reply, clocking a century partnership off just 68 balls. Previously, BBC statisticians said that Wyatt had been party to 5 out of 14 of England’s century partnerships in T20I, but ‘had not passed 35 during the last 3 years; and had been ‘left out’ of certain tours

Result: England Women 154 beat India Women 153 by 8 wickets, winning the T20I series 2-1

India 153 (6 wickets, 20 overs@7.65 runs per over) Smriti Mandhana 70, Harmanpreet Kaur 36, Richa Ghosh 20; England bowling: Sophie Ecclestone 3/35, Katherine Brunt 2/27, Natalie Sciver 1/16; Fow 1-1, 2-13, 3-81, 4-116, 5-122, 6-149

England 154 (2 wickets 18.4 overs@8.25rpo) Danni Wyatt 89*, Natalie Sciver 42; India bowling: Sneh Rana 1/27, Deepti Sharma 1/29; Fow 1-20, 2-132

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Final multi-format points tally was England 10pts (India 6pts)

Lead photo shows Danielle Wyatt during match three of the women’s tri-series, India v England at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, India on the 25th March 2018