Dean, Ecclestone and Glenn help England clinch the series with a landslide victory – LSB

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England 82 for 6 (Kapsi 25, Deepti 2-4, Renuka 2-26) India 80 (Rodriguez 30, Glen 2-13, Ecclestone 2-13, Dean 2-16, Bale 2-18) with four wickets.

The English spinners ran through the Indian batting line-up to hand the visitors a four-wicket series win in the second T20I at the Wankhede Stadium. India, clueless and all over the place after being served, were bowled out for 80 – the third lowest T20I total – in 16.2 overs. England chased it down in the 12th over to take a 2-0 lead in the series and the final will be played on Sunday.
In an attack that boasts diversity in the spin department, spinner Charlie Dean, who missed the first T20I with a stomach bug, left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone, and leg-spinner Sarah Glynn chipped in with two wickets each and conceded just 42 runs in their combined haul. 10.2 sums to control India.

India looked indecisive with the bat from the start, and that was immediately reflected on the scoreboard. Dean struck with the second ball of the match, trapping Shafali Verma lbw as the batsman was stuck in the crease against a full delivery. Smriti Mandhana, too, was trying to play another full ball from Dean off the back foot.

Harmanpreet Kaur bowled Nat Sciver-Brunt for two straight fours but then missed a straight ball and was lbw. When Deepti Sharma, playing her 100th T20I, bowled out Lauren Bell, India were 29 for 4.

Ecclestone’s sensational, low catch off her bowling in the following brought Richa Ghosh back. But there was some resistance from Jemima Rodriguez, who was one of the two Indian batsmen to reach double figures. She played 33 balls and scored 30, mostly using the sweeping shot against spinners to find runs. It eventually fell to Glenn in the 13th over, as the eighth wicket.

Ecclestone could have added another wicket to her tally but England failed to review the lbw chance in the 14th over. She hit Titas Sado on the boot but there was almost no appeal. Replays showed that there was no bat involved and that Sadhu was anchored.

India briefly resists

In her second match back from a stress injury, Renuka Singh found her swing again with the new ball. She was wayward in her first over but gave India some hope by fielding Sophia Dunkley and Danny White in the second over.
Alice Capsey and Sciver-Brunt put on 42 off 29 balls for the third wicket, but it was not smooth sailing for England. In a space of 17 balls, they slumped from 61 balls for 2 to 73 balls for 6. It started with Pooja Vastrakar cleaning out Sciver-Brunt for 16 as she exposed her stumps as she looked to make a big gain. A brilliant catch by off-spinner Amanjot Kaur gave left-arm spinner Saika Isaac her first wicket. In the next over, Deepti hit two balls, removing Amy Jones and Freya Kemp.

But India did not have enough runs to get a game out of; England needed just five after Dipti’s over. A few runs later, Ecclestone got an outside edge off Shreyanka Patel that cut it all the way for four and sealed the series.

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