Indian women made it easily……………

Blog By- Harinadh.A.S

Derby: India women started the 11th Women’s World Cup with an amazing victory over the host country England. Chasing a target of 282 runs in fifty overs, England’s innings got down in 246 for all out in 47.3 overs.

England won the toss and decided to bowl first. Poonam Raut and Smriti Mandhana opened the innings. They built up a partnership of 144 in 26.5 overs. Poonam Raut scored 86 off 134 balls which included 7*4s and 1*6. Smriti Mandhana scored 90 off 72 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes. Mithali Raj also boosted the total with contributing 71 runs from 73 balls, which included eight 4s. India lost Mithali Raj’s wicket in the last ball of Indian innings. Harmanpreet Kaur stayed not out with 24 runs from 22 balls with one four and one six. India in 50 overs:- 281/3. Heather Knight took two wickets. She took the wickets of Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana. Mithali Raj hit her seventh consecutive half century in International matches and this is the best by a women cricketer. This was her 47th fifty in the international cricket and the second women to cross the barrier of 5000 runs in the international cricket by woman

In return, They started slowly. They lost their first wicket in taking just 33 runs in their account. F. Wilson became the top scorer for England taking 81 runs from 75 balls smashing 6*4s. H.Knight scored 46 runs from 69 balls including 1 four and 2 sixes. She played well with bat and bowl. Four batsmen got run out in the England side. Three wickets were taken by Deepti Sharma. England’s innings ended in 246 for all out.

Smriti Mandhana became the ‘Player of the Match’

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