The ICC Women's World Cup is underway, and India Women have had a mixed start to the tournament. They beat Pakistan Women in their opening game but lost to hosts New Zealand Women in their second game of the tournament. In their third game, India beat West Indies Women by a massive 155 runs. Now, in their fourth game of the tournament, they succumbed to England Women.
The defending champions got the best out of the 2018 runners-up as they won the game by four wickets. However, there were many nervous moments for England as well. One of the moments came where both team's players had their hands on their heads. In the fifth over of England's innings, Nat Sciver survived by the barest of margins.
On the third delivery of the over, Jhulan Goswami bowled an inswinging delivery on the pads of Nat Sciver who somehow managed to get some bat on the ball. However, she only managed an inside edge with the ball rolling towards the stumps. The ball even hit the middle stump but, to everyone's surprise, the bails did not come off. This lucky save for Sciver stung India hard as the batter went on to score a run-a-ball 45 and win the game for England.
Watch the video of the incident here:
Poor batting display by India yet again
Talking about India's batting performance against England, it was another shabby display by the Indian batters. Apart from four batters, none could cross double-digit scores. Deepti Sharma and Sneh Rana registered ducks while Mithali Raj was dismissed for 1 run. Smriti Mandhana showed some fight (35 off 58 balls) along with Richa Ghosh (33 off 56 balls) but that did not prove to be enough.
India could not even play their full quota of 50 overs as they were bowled out for a mere 134 in 36.2 overs. The bowlers, however, did a decent job to dismiss six of the eleven English batters before they could chase the total. Meghna Singh impressed the most with her three wickets. Meanwhile, Jhulan Goswami, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, and Pooja Vastrakar scalped a wicket each. India will next play Australia who have been undefeated so far in this edition of the World Cup.