England Women v India Women, 2nd Twenty20 June 28, 2012

England cruise to eight-wicket win

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England Women 117 for 2 (Taylor 67*) beat India Women 114 (Brunt 3-18) by eight wickets

England Women completely outplayed India Women, easing to an eight-wicket win with 17 balls to spare in Chelmsford, to take the Twenty20 series 2-0. England's wicketkeeper, Sarah Taylor, once again was key to the victory, both with bat and in the field - later, she was named Player of the Series.

After winning the toss, India chose to bat, unlike in the first game. But the line-up still could not build a sizeable total. They lost Amita Sharma in the first over, and two wickets in the space of four balls not long after, left them 38 for 3 in the eighth over. Harmanpreet Kaur and Mona Meshram then got the innings back on track with a 51-run stand, only for it to fall away rapidly at the end through a clutch of run-outs. India suffered five run-outs in all, three of them off the final three balls of the innings, and finished all out on 114. Among England's bowlers, seamer Katherine Brunt was the pick with figures of 4-1-18-3.

England's chase revolved around an unbeaten knock of 67 off 48 balls from Taylor, which included nine boundaries. She put on 85 for the third wicket with Lydia Greenway at almost eight an over, to complete India's bashing.

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  • Don on June 29, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    I reckon Sarah Taylor & Greenway would do well in the men's team, brilliant stuff girls!

  • John on June 29, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    @brittop on (June 28 2012, 22:16 PM GMT) she averages 17 in tests which really shocked me. I know her averages aren't bad but I just thought she looked exceptional and expected her to be averaging 50ish in all 3 formats.She just looks so technically correct. When she batted alongside Marsh (in both games) they looked leagues apart. Also looks a very decent WK.

  • hari on June 29, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    I think India paid for their lethargic approach in both the matches. I think they have not prepared well for the series. If they continue playing like this England will thrash them in the ODIs and matches might be over before lunch. Atleast in the first game Naik and Goswami showed some fight with some big hits. Mithali needs to talk to the girls, most of them very young, to pull up their socks. England looks very aggressive and dominating. They have not been tested by the Indians. If India can get the top 3 to 4 out cheaply, they might struggle. A longer format might just help India, but if they bat like they did yesterday, nobody can save them. Big hitting is not required if you can time and place the shots well. Also Indian running has been very poor. They dont look physically strong enough to take 2s or 3s. This aspect needs attention and the physio has to come in to play to improve the stamina levels of the team.

  • Jem on June 29, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    @brittop - I agree with you. Sarah Taylor and Isa Guha were the two people that primarily sparked my interest in women's cricket. I couldn't believe that such a young girl (then, as it was her first ODI I think) could hit the ball so hard. In days gone by, women's cricket was a dull affair with scoring rates of not much more than two an over but ST really opened my eyes. The English girls have a great camaraderie and no little skill. I look forward to seeing more of their success over the coming year...

  • Phil on June 28, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Another impressive display by England and another great innings from Sarah Taylor. Always been my favourite player. @JG2704: nothing wrong with her T20 stats compared to others, in fact rather good. She also averages over 40 in ODIs.

  • John on June 28, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Sarah Taylor again looks head and shoulders above any other player on the pitch. Her stats are surprisingly unimpressive which makes me thing that she is a vastly improved cricketer. Also another superb bit of athleticism in the field from Greenway

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