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IND vs ENG 2023 | Charlie Dean, Ecclestone And Capsey Ravage IND As England Take Series

image-lpy8eaznNat Sciver-Brunt herself picked up a wicket and scored 16 handy runs (BCCI)

Brief Scores: India Women: 80 all out (16.2 overs) [Jemimah Rodrigues: 30 (33), Smriti Mandhana: 10 (9); Sophie Ecclestone 2/13 (3.2), Sarah Glenn 2/13 (3)] lost to England Women: 82-6 (11.2 overs) [Alice Capsey: 25 (21), Nat Sciver-Brunt: 16 (13); Renuka Singh 2/26 (4), Deepti Sharma 2/4 (2)] by four wickets.

England Women pulverized hosts India with a comprehensive all-round performance at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium to seal their three-match T20I series with a game to spare.

Dean, Bell, Ecclestone compose epic Indian downfall

Charlie Dean, returning to the side after recovering from her stomach bug, made instant impact with her twin powerplay burst. The right-arm off-spinner trapped both Indian openers, Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana, cheaply within her opening spell to induce a dramatic batting collapse for the hosts.

Number three Jemimah Rodrigues added respectability to India’s dismal batting effort with her near run-a-ball 30. Her middle-order teammates, including captain Harmanpreet Kaur and fellow T20 experts Deepti Sharma and Richa Ghosh all failed to reach double-digits as the ‘Women in Blue’ folded up for just 80 in 16.2 overs.

Emboldened by Dean’s opening spell, her new-ball partner Lauren Bell chipped in with two wickets off her own while spin twins Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn also struck twice in their respective spells, at the expense of 13 runs each. Nat Sciver-Brunt and Freyas Kemp polished off the two remaining Indian scalps as each of the six utilized English bowlers concluded their evening with wicket(s) to their T20I profile.

England stumble their way to a clinical win

Much like England’s Charlie Dean, Indian fast bowler Renuka Singh struck twice in succession in her opening spell to dismiss both visiting openers within the powerplay. The speedster cleaned-up Sophia Dunkley and Danni Wyatt to finish with figures of 2-26 off her four overs.

At 19-2, English number three Alice Capsey shared 42 tense runs with Nat Sciver-Brunt for the third wicket to extinguish India’s rising aspirations in the middle-overs. However, their twin dismissals at the hands of Saika Ishaque and Pooja Vastrakar induced a late Indian fightback, which also featured a double-wicket over from Deepti Sharma.

Losing four wickets in a space of 12 runs, England eventually limped past the finishing line with four batters and more than eight-and-a-half overs to spare.

With series already in England’s pocket, the visitors will now face Harmanpreet Kaur and co. in the third T20I on December 10 at the same venue.