England Women registered an eight-wicket victory in the first ODI match in Bristol on Sunday. This is England Women’s 100th ODI win at home. Natalie Sciver and Tammy Beaumont scored unbeaten 74 & 87 runs to defeat India. Tammy Beaumont was awarded the player of the match for her beautiful knock.
Two players made their ODI debut, Shafali Verma for India and Sophia Dunkley for England. England won the toss and elected to field. It’s been a poor batting performance from India, as their run rate went at a snail pace. There were 181 dot balls in the 50 overs of the Indian innings.
Indian openers did not fire, as Shafali walked back to the pavilion after hitting a couple of boundaries. Raut and Deepti Sharma kicked in with useful scores of 32 and 30. Indian skipper Mithali Raj, known for her slow start top scored with 72 runs and helped India to reach a decent score of 201/8. England bowled brilliantly and never allowed India to get-away.
Goswami strike early in the 5th over by removing Lauren Winfield, but the Indian bowlers failed to maintain the pressure by picking wickets at regular intervals. In-form English top-order, Sciver and Beaumont had a good partnership that kept the run rate steady and helped England to a convincing win in 34.5 overs.
India has to rethink their batting approach. Indian bowlers must work hard to bowl at the right lengths consistently. India has to make a good game plan to level the series.