Former England captain Michael Vaughan praised Virat Kohli’s team by praising India Women for their performance against England Women in the second ODI in Taunton.
Though India Women lost their second game by five wickets to cash in the three-game streak, they fought an uphill battle as they defended a modest goal of 222 runs. They had England Women in trouble at 133 for 5 but Sophia Dunkley played with an unbeaten 73 to bring the hosts home.
On his official Twitter account, Michael Vaughan welcomed India Women for challenging England and wrote:
“The Indian women’s team is doing an excellent job today … Nice to see that at least one Indian cricket team can play under English conditions.”
The second part of the tweet was supposed to be trolling the Indian men’s team. Team India, led by Kohli, was defeated by eight wickets in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) in Southampton by New Zealand. India went down without a fight, despite having lost two full days to rain.
Back to the India Women clash, they were knocked out for 221 after being sent to bat by England. India Women captain Mithali Raj scored again at 59, while Shafali Verma contributed 44. The middle and bottom rankings didn’t get off the ground, however, as the guests were knocked out in exactly 50 overs, with Kate Cross taking 5 for 34.
India Women fought hard back with the ball. Jhulan Goswami cleaned up Tammy Beaumont for ten while Poonam Yadav got rid of England captain Heather Knight, 10, and Amy Jones, 28. However, they did not succeed in ousting Dunkley, who, with the support of Katherine Brunt (33.
It wasn’t a victory: India Women beat Harmanpreet Kaur
After India Women’s disappointing defeat, Senior Batter Harmanpreet Kaur admitted the team didn’t have enough runs on the board. At the post-game conference, Kaur said:
“It wasn’t a win overall. In ODIs, you need to reach at least 250 to win games. We know our bowlers are good and they kept us in the game. But yes, it was a below average sum. We believed we had a chance, but it’s about their punches. You did really well. We just want to compete with the best XI. Every game is important to us. “
The third ODI of the three-game series between India Women and England Women will be played in Worcester on Saturday 3rd July.