Knight turns the screw on India

An excellent bowling display saw England women restrict India to 90 for eight in their ICC Women’s World Twenty20 contest.

Having convincingly won their tournament opener against Bangladesh, England were looking to maintain their 100 per cent record in Group B.

Heather Knight took 3-15 with her off-breaks, striking in the first over on a slow, turning Dharamsala wicket when Vallaswamy Vanitha skied the third ball of the match to Lydia Greenway at mid-on

Natalie Sciver dropped Smriti Mandhana off Anya Shrubsole in third over, but the bowler got revenge when she bowled Mandhana through the gate for 12 with an off-cutter.

While the bowling was excellent in restricting India to 21 for two from the powerplay, England’s early fielding was unconvincing as Danni Wyatt dropped Shikha Pandey at deep cover.

Pandey received a third life when the umpire failed to spot that she had gloved Rebecca Grundy to Sarah Taylor behind the stumps, but she failed to take advantage as she fell to a brilliant Katherine Brunt catch at deep midwicket for 12 to hand Knight a second wicket.

India’s most dangerous batter Mithali Raj made 20 before falling to Sciver’s first ball, with Greenway taking a sharp catch at point.

Knight bowled Krishnamurthy for two with one which ripped back through gate from around wicket and Shrubsole came back into the attack and immediately had Jhulan Goswami caught behind for the same score to leave India reeling on 65 for six.

Anuja Patil and Harmanpreet Kaur rallied with 22-run stand from 21 balls before both run out in final over.

Source: ECB

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