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227/7 (50)
232/3 (44.2)
IND-W won by 7 wickets
Player of the match: Smriti Mandhana
 
That'll be all from this contest but the second ODI will be played in Canterbury on Wednesday at 1 PM local time (5:30 PM IST). We'll bring you the coverage of that clash right here on Sportskeeda so do make sure you rejoin us for the same while also keeping in touch with all the other cricketing news and action from around the globe on this very platform. Thank you for joining us today - this is the duo of Bala and Sooryanarayanan calling it a night. Good night, take care and here's to a great week ahead!
She's made a habit of rolling out these masterclasses from time to time. Yet again, it's Smriti Mandhana who is at the forefront of an Indian victory with outstanding contributions from Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur and the bowlers. Speaking of the bowlers, a certain Jhulan Goswami continues to age like fine wine, making all and sundry wonder 'why' she's retiring and not 'why not'. It's going to be an emotional ride ahead this week and Mandhana's words that whatever the team does is for Jhulu di gives us a good indication of the same. India have put the first foot forward towards ensuring one of the country's all-time greats gets a fitting swansong and it's going to come down to sustaining their positive approach from today in the games ahead.
Smriti Mandhana is the Player of the Match for her pristine 99-ball 91. Here's what she has to say: I think I would have enjoyed it a little better if I had been not out for the team. First of all thanks to the Indian crowd for coming over and watching us play. Glad that we could put up a show for these guys. (On her form irrespective of the format) The one-day format is a natural game for me. I like to go out there and just strike the ball. T20 definitely I have to put in a lot of effort in terms of strike-rate. I just need to react to the ball and get a good start. Really happy to get the W on the board. Good that Harman finally won the toss (laughs looking at her skipper). We definitely felt that the ball was keeping low and I usually play more on the back foot. Today I had to tell myself to be on the front foot more. Not much of a change but it was just a small adjustment. I also want to mention that this series is for Jhulu di (Goswami). This (her medal) is dedicated to Jhuli di. The way she bowled was amazing. Whatever the Indian team is going to do this series is all for Jhulu di.
Harmanpreet Kaur (India Captain): We are very happy we got that kind of support from the crowd. It's always motivating. Very happy with the win today. It was important for us and all of us showed that's the way we want to play. It was a very crucial toss to win and the moment we got that momentum, we just wanted to continue. I think it was a very good partnership between Jhulan and Meghna. We needed those breakthroughs and all the bowlers coming in were giving us those breakthroughs. (On Deepti Sharma's spell) She's a very smart cricketer - the way we were telling her to bowl she did it. You want the team to be able to read the wicket. Very happy with the way we chased it down. Whenever I get an opportunity I want to contribute. I was very happy to get those runs. The way Yasti batted was really good and her partnership with Smriti was very important for us to win.
Amy Jones (England captain): Yes, disappointed with the result. We did not have enough runs on the board. Alice (Davidson-Richards) batted brilliantly through the middle in the end to give us a decent score. We needed some early wickets but got only one in the powerplay. It was a tricky wicket. India bowled well and put a lot of pressure on us. (With the) Regular wickets, it was hard to get going. There were a coule of partnerships in the middle, but regular wickets cost us. Shafali is a dangerous player. It was a crucial wicket but we needed a couple more in the powerplay. Harman and Smriti batter pretty well there.
India beat England by 7 wickets.

Smriti Mandhana 91 (99) | Deepti Sharma 2/33 (10)
Alice Davidson-Richards 50* (61) | Kate Cross 2/43 (10)

A fine performance by the Women In Blue. From start to finish, they didn't get much wrong and while it was set up by their bowlers, they did well to ensure little to no hiccups during their chase of 228. This, after Alice Davidson-Richards and Charlie Dean took the hosts to some sort of a total after they were left reeling on 128/6.

Shafali Verma was dismissed cheaply but if England were to get a foothold over their defense, they simply had to get past Smriti Mandhana early. That didn't happen and along expected lines, they were forced to play catch-up. Mandhana looked in silken touch as always but Yastika Bhatia came out all guns blazing. She did extremely well to get on top of the bounce and use the pace on offer, while also being the aggressor in the first 10 overs.

Bhatia was fortunate with a couple of let-offs and inside edges but she made it count and didn't lose even an ounce of confidence. If anything, she only grew in it and notched up a brisk half-century, putting India firmly in the driver's seat. Her innings took the attention off Mandhana and another late entry for Sophie Ecclestone cast a question mark over Amy Jones' tactics.

Harmanpreet Kaur joined her deputy and took her time initially. She played the paddle sweep to good effect and rotated strike, even as Mandhana donned the aggressor's role in this partnership, sauntering along while doing so.

The writing was clearly on the wall with the visitors barely breaking a sweat. A lapse in concentration saw Mandhana fall 9 short of a well-deserved century and that saw a few tight overs ensue. Harleen Deol was fidgety and the calling between her and skipper Harmanpreet could have resulted in a couple of run outs. Eventually, the duo held their nerve and it was the latter who fittingly sealed the deal with a booming maximum, ending unbeaten on a rock-solid 74, ensuring that her team has drawn the early advantage in this series. Stick around for the post-match presentation...
What better than a Harmanpreet Kaur slog sweep to wrap it up for India! A dominant performance and a clinical chase as India win by 7 wickets with 34 deliveries to spare!
44.2 Alice Davidson-Richards to Harmanpreet Kaur, SIX! The skipper finishes it off with a big one! Slower ball but it is right in the slot. Kaur goes across with the back foot and opens up her stance to slog the ball over cow corner. Just about manages to clear the fence. India win and go 1-0 in the ODI series
Huge cheers of 'Indiaaaaa, India' from their faithful!
44.1 Alice Davidson-Richards to Harmanpreet Kaur, slower ball on a good length. Defends it to cover
A couple of dots to end the over and Harmanpreet has the opportunity to see her team through to the finish line. India need 2 runs to win and go 1-0 up!
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226 /3 score
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cricket bat icon Harmanpreet Kaur
68 (92)
cricket bat icon Harleen Deol *
6 (20)
cricket ball icon Sophie Ecclestone
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43.6 Sophie Ecclestone to Harleen Deol, short of a length outside off. Punches it off the back foot to point
43.5 Sophie Ecclestone to Harleen Deol, stride down the track and drives, straight to covers
43.4 Sophie Ecclestone to Harmanpreet Kaur, tosses it up full on the off-stump. Eases the ball down to long-on for one
43.3 Sophie Ecclestone to Harmanpreet Kaur, goes for the conventional sweep this time but doesn't connect
3 to get now. Can Harmanpreet finish it in style?
43.2 Sophie Ecclestone to Harmanpreet Kaur, FOUR! Reverse sweep! She is enjoying herself out there now. Uses the pace of the bowler and gets just enough bat on it. Desperate chase by the fielder but fails to reach it
43.1 Sophie Ecclestone to Harleen Deol, short of a length delivery on the stumps. Pulls it away to deep square leg
England had to go for that review given that they have nothing to lose at this stage. Just a matter of time now before the curtains come down on this contest.