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Cricket news - Seamers, Mandhana help India take unassailable 2-0 lead

Jhulan Goswami was named the Player of the Match for her figures of 4/30

India trumped England in the second ODI of the 3-match series at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Mandhana led the chase with a half-century (63), forging major partnerships with Punam Raut (32) and Mithali Raj (47*) as India cantered to an 7-wicket victory in a chase of 162 runs.

Earlier, the Indian seamers ripped through the England top order, reducing the touring side to 14 for 3 at one stage. Enter Natalie Sciver, who stabilized the innings with Tammy Beaumont initially before the latter was snared by Shikha Pandey with the team still shy of a fifty. Sciver was then joined by Winfield at the crease, and they combined to form the biggest partnership of the innings (49 runs). In a bid to up the ante, Winfield attempted to sweep Poonam Yadav with the intention of clearing the boundary, but picked out Mandhana at the deep midwicket fence leaving England five wickets down and yet to reach the hundred-run mark.

Shikha Pandey was then brought in to bowl her final over, and, like a shark sniffing out blood, went for the kill and snared two lower-order wickets (Elwiss and Brunt) for ducks, reducing England to 95 for 7. Shrubsole and Ecclestone, despite their best efforts, struggled to survive and were dismissed by Poonam Yadav and Goswami respectively, reducing them to a forlorn 119 for 9. It was then, however, that Sciver farmed the strike with No. 11, Hartley (0* off 17) to stretch the 10th wicket partnership to 43. Sciver was the last batter dismissed for 85, trapped in front by Goswami after a breathtaking rearguard effort as England were skittled out for 161 - a commendable effort given that they were 119-9 at one stage.

India's chase did not get off to a particularly fluent start, as Jemimah Rodrigues struggled to make contact with the laterally moving ball, finally getting dismissed for a 10-ball duck. Mandhana, who has had a prolific run of form lately, steadied the ship with Punam Raut stitching together a 73-run partnership to lay a solid foundation for the Indian chase. Raut was then dismissed by Elwiss down leg-side by the lightning-quick Sarah Taylor, before Mandhana went on to bring up her fifteenth half-century in ODI cricket. The pragmatic Mithali and the charismatic Mandhana looked like they were cruising to the target before the latter tried to flick an inch-perfect yorker across the line to be trapped LBW for 63. By then, however, the job was done. Deepti Sharma then joined Mithali Raj at the crease with 22 runs to win, and they cantered to the target of 162 without further trouble.

Brief scores: England 161 all-out in 43.3 overs (Natalie Sciver 85; Shikha Pandey 4-18, Jhulan Goswami 4-30) lost to India 162/3 in 41.1 overs (Smriti Mandhana 63, Mithali Raj 47*; Anya Shrubsole 2-23) by seven wickets.

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