T20 World Cup News: Welcome to our coverage of India vs. England women’s second Twenty20 international from Derby’s County Ground. After a stunning 9-wicket defeat in the first T20I, Harmanpreet Kaur and Co. have a huge challenge to bounce back in the series. In the first game, the Indian team was completely outmatched by the home team because they lacked focus in all three areas, and England took advantage of it to win easily.
But, in the 2nd T20I India wins by an 8-wicket margin to tie the series at 1-1. Smriti Mandhana adds a stylish final run with a boundary. For her team to succeed, Mandhana played a stunning knockoff 79 runs*. Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain, also made a gallant 29 runs. India took full advantage of England’s inability to match India’s intensity with the ball.
“We discussed a few things after the first game. We obviously didn’t play the brand of cricket we played over the last few months. We really need to match the standards of what we have achieved in the past. It was a bit disappointing but just another bad day,” said opener Smriti Mandhana in a pre-match press conference.
“Yes, the conditions were not that good in the first game and there were patches on the outfield too. But, we won’t use it as an excuse. We need to improve our batting between the 12th and 18th over. That is something we haven’t done in the first game.”
Mandhana admitted that an insipid approach from the Indian batters resulted in a disappointing performance and the aim is to put the score around 160 to 170 if they are to beat a quality side.
“Given the standard of T20 cricket these days, we have to score somewhere around 160 to 170 to be on the safer side. But that also depends on the nature of the wicket,” Mandhana said.
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