Indian women's team bounced back in the second T20I against England with a thrilling victory to take the series into a decider. It was a very closely fought contest at County Ground in Hove on Sunday and could have gone either way. With England looking slightly ahead in the contest as they looked in command while chasing the 149-run target, everything turned upside down for the hosts in the 14th over of their run-chase.
Deepti Sharma turned the match in India's favour
England were 105/2 in 13 overs, with only 44 runs required to clinch the series. This is when captain Harmanpreet Kaur introduced off-spinner Deepti Sharma back into the attack. After surviving a close LBW shout earlier in the over, Tammy Beamount (59 off 50) was finally trapped in front by Deepti Sharma, giving India a crucial breakthrough. With things slightly falling back in India's favour, they got the perfect cherry on top of the cake on the next ball.
As the new batter Amy Ellen Jones drove her first delivery (that she was facing) straight back at the bowler, Deepti dived towards her right. England's skipper Heather Knight, who was standing at the non-striker's end, was caught ball watching as she got tangled up with Deepti. Unfortunately for Knight, the ball struck Deepti's shoes and went on to hit the stumps with Knight (30 off 28) out of the crease.
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As a result, another set-batter was dismissed and India got two crucial wickets back-to-back. Harmanpreet Kaur's side took the onus from then and went on top of the England's lower middle order as the hosts eventually found themselves 8 runs short of the target. The series decider will now be played on July 14, Wednesday at County Ground in Chelmsford.