Captain Harmanpreet Kaur (143 not out) followed by fast bowler Renuka Singh Thakur (4 wickets) on the back of lethal bowling, the Indian women’s cricket team defeated hosts England by 88 runs in the second ODI played at St. Lawrence Ground on Wednesday. India had also won the first ODI by seven wickets and now they have won the ODI series in England after 23 years by winning the second ODI as well. The Indian women’s cricket team had previously won an ODI series in England in 1999. Batting first after losing the toss in the second ODI match, the Indian team made a mammoth score of 333 runs for 5 wickets in the stipulated 50 overs, which is its second highest score in the history of ODI cricket. England’s team could not even play the entire over in front of this big score and was bundled out for 245 runs in 44.2 overs.
Daniel Wyatt top scored for the hosts with 65 and Ellyse Kepsi and Amy Jones scored 39-39. Apart from Renuka’s four wickets for the Indian team, Deepti Sharma and D Hemlata got one success each.
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Harmanpreet Kaur’s fifth ODI century, India made the second highest score
Earlier, the Indian team made a mammoth score of 333 runs for 5 wickets in the stipulated 50 overs. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur was instrumental in taking India to this score, who scored the fifth century of his career.
Harmanpreet Kaur completed her century in 100 balls with the help of 12 fours and a six. He played an unbeaten innings of 143 runs in the match. During this, Harmanpreet hit 18 fours and four sixes in 111 balls. Thanks to the captain’s explosive batting, India added 80 runs in the last five overs and scored 333 runs in 50 overs for the loss of five wickets. Pooja Vastrakar contributed 18(16) and Deepti Sharma contributed 15(09).
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India did not have a good start when they were called to bat after losing the toss and opener Shefali Verma (08) once again returned to the pavilion early. Smriti Mandhana continued her stellar form, scoring 40 off 51 balls and sharing a 54-run stand with Yastika Bhatia (26) for the second wicket. After the dismissals of Smriti and Yastika, Harmanpreet took the lead and shared a massive 113-run partnership with Harleen for the fourth wicket. Harleen scored his maiden ODI fifty, scoring 58 runs in 72 balls with five fours and two sixes.
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After Harleen returned to the pavilion, Harmanpreet changed the pace of the innings and completed her fifth ODI century. Harmanpreet hit 18 fours and four sixes in his unbeaten knock of 143 off 111 balls. For England, Lauren Bell, Kate Cross, Freya Kemp, Charlotte Dean and Sophie Eccleston took one wicket each. Kemp (10 overs, 82 runs) and Bell (10 overs, 79 runs) proved costly for England.
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