floated up outside off, Deol is forward and drills this to Knight at extra cover
9.50pm: Thanks for sticking around, sorry about the soggy finish. Annesha's report is in and we'll be back for more on Sunday, when the rest of England might just have their minds elsewhere. Still, Hove should be a decent support act. Until then, from Hemant, Ranjith and myself, it's cheerio for now!
9.38pm: Let's have some presentations, starting with India captain Harmanpreet Kaur: "We knew after 830pm there could be rain, so that's why we were batting according to DL, but we kept losing wickets. If there were two-three more overs, we felt we could make it. Losing wickets back to back, that was the reason. We fielded really well, there's a lot of improvement, Shikha did really well in the bowling. We need to think of the boundaries we are giving up. [Harman, Deol catches] Definitely, there's a lot of improvements, we want to keep going with that, fielding is very important. Every game is important, today was unfortunate because of rain, but there are two more games for us to prove ourselves."
England captain Heather Knight: "Still got a series to win, important we turn up at Hove. Really pleased today, thought Nat was outstanding in the middle over, brilliant partnership with Amy. Clinical with the ball, looked to take wickets early, so very pleasing. [Sciver] It was awesome, really aggressive. Nat hits the ball so hard, she struck it cleaner than ever. Danni and Tammy deserve a mention at the top as well, been a while since we had a 50 partnership. [Jones] She's moved down from opening, feel she's in a great position to win us games, four-five are really important [positions] and she's well suited to the role. [Rain] Unfortunately it's set in, would have been good to get out there."
Nat Sciver is Player of the Match: "It just came together, I was really enjoying it. The wicket was nice, it was good. [Good form] Definitely, got an opportunity to bat with more freedom, good partnership at the top and we've got a strong line-up so that helps. [Jones stand] Once you felt comfortable, you could really hit through the line, so we managed to get a good partnership together. Our plans in T20, we know them really well, and have had a lot of success, so it was a good game."
9.30pm: The rain has won here, as have England - by 18 runs on DLS. The decision was taken that they wouldn't be able to get the ground ready, even if it does stop raining soon. So England take the spoils, largely thanks to a rambunctious stand between Nat Sciver and Amy Jones, which took them out of reach. India can still tie the points series, but will need to win the next two games, at Hove and Chelmsford, in order to do so.
9.25pm: Doesn't sound as if there has been much improvement at Northampton, and we will start losing overs soon. Remember, an England win would put them 8-4 up in the multi-format series, with only four points left to play for.
"Reduced overs might be good for team India," reckons Ashish. "Trying to get 40 in 3 overs vs 10 runs a over for next 10 overs, first one seems more plausible." DLS can do funny things, often to the benefit of chasing teams...
"What would India's DLS par score be right now had they not lost any wickets?" It would have been 63 after nine overs, Noor. So India still short
9.10pm: Full covers are now in place on the square. "We had that rain earlier in Luton," says Adam, "it lasted about 10 minutes but was very heavy." Still seems to be coming down currently. We won't start losing overs until 9.31pm, so that's something
Prasad: "Classic example of lack of match awareness. When smrithi 2 those 2 4s India were ahead on DLS. She could have taken a single and looked for loose balls the next over. But now India lost 2 wickets pushing the DLS score much further." To be fair to her, Mandhana was just starting to look good - she almost hit that pull too well
9.05pm: Looks like a solid blob of rain has just mooched up from London, so we're going to have a bit of a delay here. Not sure how much extra time there is to play with, but sit tight and we'll hopefully have better news soon
And with that the umpires decide enough is enough, the rain is coming down pretty hard and the covers are being dragged into place. The DLS par score at the end of this over would be 74, so India are some way off as things stand - but let's hope we can get back out
on the stumps and nurdled around the corner
pushed through as Deol walks down and pushes towards mid-on, Beaumont muffs her throw as she slips to the ground
floated up full on the stumps, driven to long-on
Rain coming down pretty steadily, but they will stay on for now
DLS par score is currently 68
slow and loopy, Sharma swings hard but only succeeds in chipping one down towards long-on
round the wicket, angled in full and she defends
India are around 15 behind on the DLS as it stands
over the wicket, Deol walks down and bunts firmly through mid-on to the fielder set back
tossed up straight and flicked behind square
Some rain falling at the ground now
is that a stumping? Amy Jones thinks so...! Deepti was lured forward and beaten by one that turned, but did she drag the back foot out? We'll see in a moment, as it goes up to Tim Robinson in the third umpire's box. This is going to be tight. Sharma did get a toe back over the line, was it in time? Yes! Robinson is happy the foot was just grounded
tossed up full from over the wicket, driven through cover point
Knight shuffling her hand, Mady Villiers on
round the wicket, lobbed up wide of off and tapped back to the on side, Glenn throws herself full length as the ball trickles to mid-on
Deepti Sharma is in at No. 5
foxes her in the flight, chipped to mid-off! Harmanpreet won't be finding form tonight... tried to get out but the ball dipped late and she could only skew her drive at a catchable height to Ecclestone, who clung on safely. Big wicket for England, Glenn striking in her first over
flighted, Deol is forward and drives through mid-off
tossed up on the stumps, Kaur is off the mark with a nudge to long-on
Harmanpreet Kaur, India's captain, is out to face her first ball
very full, this dips around the toes, Deol shovels it away to the leg side
lobbed up and she jabs down on it, Jones scurries up to flick the ball back as Deol retreats to her ground
That's the Powerplay done with, Sarah Glenn into the attack
picks out deep backward square now! Nailed on the pull, but straight to the fielder! Sciver's short ball claims another victim, though Mandhana will be frustrated because she connected so well, only to send it hard and flat down the throat of Ecclestone
back-to-back boundaries off the pads! Angling in too straight and Mandhana whips it away behind deep square off the back foot
round the wicket, 69mph/111kph on the hip, Mandhana tickles it away fine! Another timely boundary for India
on the stumps, swung away through the midwicket region
|County Ground, Northampton|
|Toss||India Women, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||England Women led the 3-match series 1-0|
|Match number||WT20I no. 916|
|Match days||09 July 2021 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||England Women 2, India Women 0|