ENG vs IND: The most successful Indian women’s T20I pair, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma script history

ENG vs IND: The most successful Indian women's T20I pair, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma script history
ENG vs IND: The most successful Indian women's T20I pair, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma script history

In the second game of the three-match T20I series against England, the Indian women’s cricket team defeated England by eight wickets. Women in Blue leveled the series at 1-1 after chasing down the target of 143 in just 16.4 overs, led by star opener Smriti Mandhana’s unbeaten knock of 79 off 53 balls.

Mandhana and Shafali Verma laid the foundation for the flawless chase. A 55-run stand was stitched in the powerplay itself by Mandhana and Verma, both of whom failed in the series opener. The flying start ensured that India never dropped behind the required rate even though Verma was dismissed on the last ball of the powerplay by Sophie Ecclestone’s left-arm spin.

An Indian record was scripted by Mandhana and Verma through their partnership. India’s most successful women’s T20I pairing was Mandhana-Verma, who scored 1152 runs together. In the shortest format, they are the only pair to accumulate more than 1000 runs for India and the 7th highest average in the world.

Harmanpreet Kaur scored 29 off 22 balls in an unbeaten partnership of 69 runs with Mandhana, the match’s player of the match. It would be nice for the Women in Blue to win the series in Bristol on Thursday after finding their winning momentum back.