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IND-W vs ENG-W | Wyatt, Sciver-Brunt Overpower Renuka Threat As Visitors Take 1-0 Lead

image-lpu01h8wNat Sciver-Brunt in action against India (BCCI)

Brief Scores: England Women: 197-6 (20 overs) [Nat Sciver-Brunt: 77 (53), Danni Wyatt: 75 (47); Renuka Singh 3/27 (4), Shreyanka Patil 2/44 (4)] defeated India Women: 159-6 (20 overs) [Shafali Verma: 52 (42), Harmanpreet Kaur: 26 (21); Sophie Ecclestone 3/15 (4), Sarah Glenn 1/25 (4)] by 38 runs.  

England Women took early lead in their three-match T20I series against India by winning their tour opener at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Wyatt, Nat Sciver bludgeon 70s to overcome Renuka

Comeback Indian fast bowler Renuka Singh struck twice in succession in her opening over to pin England down at 2-2. However, visiting opener Danni Wyatt celebrated her 150th T20I appearance with a counterattacking 138-run stand alongside fellow senior member Nat Sciver-Brunt. The two cricketers bludgeoned blistering 70s, with Nat Sciver emerging as the top-scorer of the innings through her 53-ball 77.

Debutants Saika Ishaque and Shreyanka Patil both reaped in the benefits of England’s death-overs slogging as the two spinners ended up bagging their maiden T20I victims. Speedster Renuka also snared a wicket in her final over to finish with 3-27 in her spell, while English wicketkeeper Amy Jones blitzed a nine-ball 23 to turbo-charge her side towards a commendable 197-6 by their 20 overs.

Shafali Verma’s 52 subdued by Ecclestone

Indian opener Shafali Verma compiled a fighting half-century for her side in their monumental task, after losing senior partners Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues both within the powerplay. Her 40-plus partnerships with captain Harmanpreet Kaur (26) and wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh (21) signalled India’s brief comeback before Sophie Ecclestone’s three-wicket burst extinguished the hosts’ rising aspirations.

Verma’s 42-ball 52 turned out to be the biggest benefactor of India’s run-chase, where they fell short of their target by 38 runs to concede the opening lead in the series. Ecclestone finished her four overs at an expense of just 15 runs with three wickets, while Nat Sciver-Brunt, emboldened by her attacking 77, accounted for the prized scalp of Mandhana.

England Women, in a bid to extend their lead further, will now face hosts India in the second T20I on December 9 at the same venue.