Brunt, Wyatt star in England’s come-from-behind win over India

Brunt, Wyatt star in England’s come-from-behind win over India

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Mumbai, Feb 28 : Brunt's five-for helped restrict India to a modest 205/8 before Wyatt shepherded the chase with a measured half-century to help England over the line at Wankhede Stadium here on Thursday.

England restricted India to a very ordinary total, thanks in large part to seamer Brunt, who claimed 5/28. However, like they had done in the first match in a small chase of 203, England's batting once again stuttered as Jhulan Goswami scythed through the top-order. Only this time, they had the benefit of a well-composed fifty from Wyatt,

and some gritty contributions from the lower order to get them home.

Goswami was lethal with the new ball, dismissing Amy Jones, Laura Winfield and Tammy Beaumont. Jones was caught out at mid-on for 13, playing a miscued pull shot. Winfield was caught behind for two, while Beaumont fell for 21 as Goswami had her nicking one to first slip.Natalie Sciver then spooned a return catch to Deepti Sharma for one, and Sarah Taylor was trapped in front for two by Shikha Pandey as England slipped to 49/5.

But Heather Knight, the captain, was resolute and ground out 47 runs. She was also involved in a very important 69-run stand with Wyatt before falling to Poonam Yadav's leg-spin. Wyatt continued the good work with a 56-run stand with Georgia Elwiss.

When Wyatt was dismissed for 56 by Pandey, India still had a decent chance of closing the game out, but Brunt showed some application with the bat to score 18 in a 30-run stand with Elwiss.

Brunt was dismissed by Yadav two runs shy of the target, but Anya Shrubsole closed the game out with a boundary to deep square leg the very next ball. Elwiss remained unbeaten on an important 33.

In the first innings, India had gotten off to a great start despite losing opener Jemimah Rodrigues for a two-ball duck in the first over, bowled by Brunt.

Both Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Raut buckled down to bring up fifties and forged a 129-run partnership for the second wicket, but the downfall began when Brunt was brought back in the attack.

She sent back Mandhana for 66 and Raut for 56 in the 29th over. Then in her next over, she accounted got Mona Meshram for a duck and followed that up with the huge wicket of captain Mithali Raj for just seven.

Taniya Bhatia, the wicket-keeper, fell for naught to Anya Shrubsole and Jhulan Goswami managed only one run before falling prey to Natalie Sciver.

And so, India had lost six wickets for 21 runs to slip to 150/7.

But there was yet some fight left in India as Deepti Sharma and Shikha Pandey scored gritty twenties to prop them up to a 200+ score. Sharma remained unbeaten on 27, while Pandey scored 26 before falling in the 49th over.

Brief score:

India - 205/8

England - 208/8