Full and outside off, drilled to cover. Ghosh stays unbeaten on 47, taking 19 off the final over but India fall short.
Right then! England win but remember, they are not yet through to the semi-final. Group 2 is still open. Meanwhile, the action between South Africa and Australia will kickoff soon. So do switch over there. On behalf of Vishal and Vairavan, this is Sudarshanan bidding goodbye.
6:52pm Time for the presentation now!
Harmanpreet Kaur, India captain: "We started really well but in the middle over, we didn't bowl according to plan and lost the momentum. In batting we were doing well but unfortunately weren't able to get the run rate needed. Whenever Renuka is bowling, we are looking for wickets. She enjoys bowling. We were speaking about DLS also but wanted to go with the rhythm. In between when rain came, we were 10-12 runs behind but we knew with Mandhana and Ghosh, we would cover that. Sometimes when you are behind, you have to take charge, which is where we lost Jemi and my wicket."
Heather Knight, England captain: "We talk about batting as per conditions and Nat and I did that. Amy was fantastic and it's good to see that our batting group showed character even after 29 for 3. THakur at front was outstanding, moving the ball both ways is tough. You want the boundaries but you have to take ones and twos and that manipulated the field for us. We haven't really played against a big team recently and to play like this against this Indian team was fantastic. Ecclestone and Glenn varied pace brilliantly. [Fielding] Our ground fielding was the best we did in the competition. Need to take catches and can't drop players like Mandhana."
6:17pm Deserving award for NSB. England were in a strife in the powerplay, when Renuka picked up three wickets. But along with Knight, she wrested back the control before she accelerated in the company of Jones. Chasing 151 was going to be tough and even more so when India lost Shafali and then couldn't get the desired momentum. Bell and the spin kept a check on Indian batters with even a set Mandhana unable to break the shackles. Eventually it was a very tall ask for Ghosh.
6:11pm India's lack of power costs them with the bat eventually! And how would they have benefited with more strike to Ghosh after Mandhana's fall. Ghosh is dejected but then shakes hands and walks out. She's yet again put in a valiant effort, but didn't get the desired support from the other end. Should India have sent Vastrakar ahead of Deepti? Did they play too cautiously in the first ten overs? Lots of questions that India will have to find answers to. England extend their record against India at T20 World Cups to 6-0.
Nat Sciver-Brunt, Player of the Match: "It was tough. They were getting to seam around, Renuka bowled brilliantly. It was important to take the attack to them. If I get any in the middle of the bat, it is a nice feeling. We looked a little bit different today. Didn't get to a quick start. In the middle it was important to not forget about the boundaries. Amy did well. Fielding in front of the bands was good. I got caught whistling along and clapping along. Brilliant to play in front of people who want to watch us."
Slower full ball outside off, slices it through cover-point for two.
Ghosh powers it over long-off now! How much did lack of strike eventually affect India? Katherine bowls it full, misses yorker, Ghosh gets under it.
Full toss on off again, drilled to long-on.
Very full on off, gets it off the inner half through forward of square. She lost her shape and they are unable to come back for two.
Free hit. Field can't change.
No-ball for height and Ghosh gets four more! Not been a good time with the ball today for Katherine. Bowls it high on off, Ghosh manages to hit it over mid-off.
Full toss outside off, clubbed over extra cover. Two bounces and into the ropes.
Ghosh has faced only six balls since Mandhana's dismissal. And now is on strike with India needing 31. Katherine Sciver-Brunt to steam in. Deep midwicket, long on, extra cover, deep point in place.
Turns away off a length, carves it to sweeper cover for just one.
Full toss outside off, pushes it to covers.
Makes room and looks to go inside out, but it spins away, goes off the outside edge to short third.
Floated outside off, turns away, she flicks it to square leg.
Pooja Vastrakar, finally. 33 in 10 needed.
Deepti charges down and heaves it to deep midwicket. It lands just short of the fielder, who dives forward to stop that. Returns a sharp throw to the wicketkeeper, and Deepti is short despite the dive.
Now then, is Deepti run-out?
Huge appeal for lbw, given! Fired full around off, Deepti misses the sweep. Ecclestone lets out a prolonged appeal and gets the decision in her favour, belatedly. Is the impact outside off? Nope, she's gloved it.
34 in 12 needed.
Full and outside off, she looks to scoop it over the wicketkeeper but misses. Despite that six, only nine came off it.
Fast and full on middle, drilled to mid-off.
Fetch that! This time Ghosh waits for the slower one and wallops it over wide long-on.
Slower legcutter outside off, Ghosh is deceived by it and misses it completely.
Three deep on the leg side, one at sweeper cover.
Full and outside off, she flays it to deep extra cover.
Slower one outside off, whipped to deep midwicket. Wyatt parries it to Dean and keeps it to two.
Bell returns for her last.
Bala: "On a an one on one comparison, Mandhana matched the innings of Nat Sciver while we can expect Rich to match that of Amy Jones. What is lacking is the stabilisation innings by Heather Knight which should have been ideally executed by Harmanpreet and which could be the final difference between win and loss for India." The bowling levels need to be taken into account too. Plus the pressure of a chase.
Outside off on a length, she looks to go big but gets a thick outside edge to deep third.
|St George's Park, Gqeberha|
|Toss||India Women, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||WT20I no. 1369|
|Match days||18 February 2023 - day (20-over match)|
|Points||England Women 2, India Women 0|