Needing 165 to win, England have been cruising alongside at 132 for 3. The hosts required solely 33 runs off 24 balls however off-spinner Rana (4-0-28-2) bowled extraordinarily nicely. She gave away solely 3 runs within the 18th and 9 runs within the final over.
England completed at 160 for six and even a last-ball most from Sophie Ecclestone could not save the day for the hosts with Harmanpreet Kaur‘s brigade incomes a candy revenge of the 2017 ODI World Cup final defeat on the Lord’s.
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If Smriti Mandhana‘s 32-ball-61 was a deal with for the eyes, Rana, India’s without end ‘MVP’, Deepti Sharma (4-0-18-1) and Pooja Vastrakar (3-0-20-0) did not err in line or size beneath strain.
The match appeared to have decisively tilted in favour of England when Harmanpreet launched Shafali Verma, whose pleasant “donkey drops” within the sixteenth over fetching the house team 15 runs.
But Deepti and Rana collectively gave away solely six runs within the seventeenth and 18th over respectively.
Pooja leaked 13 runs within the nineteenth over however the Mandhana-Taniya Bhatia mixture pulled off a brilliant run out of the harmful Nat Sciver to change the course.
It was then left to Rana to bowl a minimum of 5 good balls that assured a medal for India within the inaugural version of women’s cricket.
Earlier Mandhana’s elegant but brutal knock of 61 together with Jemimah Rodrigues’ helpful 44 not out powered India to a wholesome 164 for five in 20 overs.
Mandhana’s 32-ball assault within the Powerplay laid the platform whereas Rodrigues, who’s lastly doing justice to her huge potential, improvised nicely throughout his 31-ball unbeaten keep on the crease.
En route her knock, Mandhana additionally recorded the quickest T20 International fifty in women’s cricket off solely 23 balls.
A brand new and improved Deepti chipped in with 22 off 20 balls however India would possibly assume they ended 15 runs wanting the par-score after 64 runs got here within the six Powerplay overs.
The subsequent 14 overs yielded 100 runs as India misplaced the momentum when three wickets fell in fast succession throughout center overs.
Rodrigues and Deepti added a useful 53 runs for the fourth wicket partnership.
Mandhana’s drives are essentially the most beautiful in women’s cricket and one would rub his eyes in disbelief when the usually rampaging Shafali Verma (17 off 15 balls) was the silent companion of their opening stand of 76 in 7.5 overs.
There have been cowl drives off Katherine Brunt, pulled sixes off seamers Sciver an Issy Wong and a lofted one off spinner Sarah Glenn’s bowling over long-on.
The half-century got here in solely 23 balls as England bowlers appeared clueless throughout that part.
Once Sciver removed Mandhana, who was making an attempt to play the lap-scoop, the run-rate slowed down as skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, regardless of a few fours and a six, performed few dot balls in her run-a-ball 20.
While Mandhana had eight fours and three sixes in her knock, Rodrigues had seven fours to her credit score, principally utilizing the gaps in arc between level and extra-cover.