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England v India: third women’s T20 international – live | Women’s cricket

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2nd over: India 11-0 (Verma 5, Mandhana 5) Freya Davies shares the new ball and Verma tries to hack her away very first ball, an edge ballooning over the in-field for a couple of spawny runs. A single brings Mandhana on strike. Davies drags down with her final ball and Smriti is on it in a flash – pulling away for India’s first boundary.

1st over: India 4-0 (Verma 2, Mandhana 1) The ploy almost works as Smith nearly has Mandhana stumped second ball! The ball lifted and spat meaning Amy Jones couldn’t gather it cleanly and Verma survives. Just. Next ball is DROPPED! A caught and bowled chance that bursts though Smith’s hands in her follow through! All ‘appening in the first over. India scamper four off it.

England are going with spin first up – Bryony Smith is going to have a twirl. Sneaky tweaky!

Evening sunlight peeps through pinky clouds as the players take the field for the anthems a minute of silence for HRH. Play will be underway very shortly, time to get a brew and quickly check in on toddler bath-time progress before cranking up the OBO.

The teams have just done their warm-ups out on the field, it looks fine but chilly in Brizzle, it is the middle of September so there are a fair few ‘top coats’ to be spotted in the crowd.

Teams:

England:Danni Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Alice Capsey, Amy Jones (c), Bryony Smith, Maia Bouchier, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Kemp, Issy Wong, Sarah Glenn, Freya Davies.

India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Dayalan Hemalatha, Harmanpreet Kaur (ct), Richa Ghosh, Sabbineni Meghana, 7 Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma, Sheh Rana, Radha Yadav, Renuka Singh Thakur

Ch ch changes: For England – Issy Wong comes in for Lauren Bell and for India – Sabbineni Meghana replaces Kiran Navgire.

England win the toss…

Amy Jones has decided to have a bowl first. Harmanpreet Kaur said she would have done the same… and she really had a good look at the pitch earlier:

Preamble

Hello and welcome to the third and final T20I between Amy Jones’ England and Harmanpreet Kaur’s India.

We’re in the wild wild West of England (Bristol) for this one game shoot out to decide the series after the two sides have inflicted comprehensive victories over each other so far.

England suffered a chastening loss in the last match at Derby (incidentally their first T20I defeat at *Fortress Incora County Ground* since 2009) largely due to some skittish top order batting that saw them reduced to 54-5.

They will take heart from the performances of some of their newer players – Maia Bouchier and 17 year old Freya Kemp showing their composure and class to re-build and post a respectable total. It wasn’t nearly enough to stop one of India’s experienced old timers (at 26!) Smriti Mandhana made mincemeat of the target, driving, sweeping and scooping her way to a classy 79* off just 53 balls.

England have the top two T20I bowlers in the world at their disposal in Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn and will be hoping for a better all-round display in this final game.

Play starts at 18:30, I’ll be back shortly with the teams and the toss.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2022/sep/15/england-v-india-third-womens-t2o-international-live

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