Sarah Taylor produced another match-winning performance as England eased to a comfortable 2-0 NatWest International T20 series win with an eight-wicket triumph over India at Chelmsford yesterday.
Chasing a target of 114 after the tourists astonishingly suffered a hat-trick of run outs off the final three balls of their innings – a total of five Indians fell in that fashion – Taylor built upon her 69 in Tuesday’s first game with an unbeaten 67 off 48 balls, featuring nine fours.
Taylor was ably supported in an unbroken partnership of 85 by Lydia Greenway, who followed up some trademark excellence in the field with a tidily compiled 30 not out.
Greenway’s diving stop to flick the ball back over the rope and prevent India’s top scorer Harmanpreet Kaur, who made 34, hitting a second six is sure to become a YouTube hit.
It was unfortunate that a rare moment of adventure from India’s batters was foiled by such a piece of athleticism, as the failure to push the accelerator that undermined them at Canterbury once again proved to be their undoing, along with a haphazard approach between the wickets.
Katherine Brunt, who took 3-18, led the way once more with the ball for England and completed an opening maiden by having Amita Sharma pouched behind by Taylor for a six-ball duck.
Skipper Mithali Raj then added a brisk 22 before also falling caught behind to Danielle Wyatt in the seventh over. Three balls later, remaining opener Poonam Raut was run out following some sharp work from Susie Rowe to leave India 38 for three.
Kaur added 51 for the fourth wicket with Mona Meshram before the latter sent an Arran Brindle full toss to Greenway.
From that point, India badly lost their way and when Brunt got rid of Kaur and Jhulan Goswami in her final set of six, the stage was set for the tourists to author their own downfall.
England began the reply in confident fashion, skipper Charlotte Edwards helping herself to a trio of boundaries before being trapped walking across her stumps by Nagarajan Niranjana.
Yet the India seamer was soon lofted elegantly down the ground as Taylor immediately found her stride.
Laura Marsh was run out backing up in the seventh over, bringing in Greenway for a lesson in chanceless accumulation – her first boundary brought up the fifty partnership as she stood on 20 off as many balls.
It was left to Taylor to provide the fireworks, and a brace of fours through the on side off Archana Das and Gouher Sultana finished the job in fitting style with 17 balls to spare.
Dominic Farrell, ECB report
Sportsister, The Women’s Sports Magazine