Jones joined Sciver in a 78-run partnership off 70 balls after fifty stand between Wyatt and Beaumont
England Women 177 for 7 (Sciver 55, Jones 43, Pandey 3-22) beat India Women 54 for 3 (Mandhana 29, Deol 17*, Glenn 1-6) by 18 runs (DLS)
Nat Sciver and Amy Jones’s 70-ball stand of 78 headlined England’s 18-run victory in the rain-curtailed first T20I against India in Northampton after a fifty opening partnership between Danni Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont helped set India a 178 run-chase.
Player of the Match Sciver top-scored with a 27-ball 55 and took 1 for 16 later as India’s batting proved no match in the face of a target four more than their highest successful T20I run-chase to date.
The loss of their three premier big-hitters – Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, and Harmanpreet Kaur – for just 47 runs had India playing catch-up as early as the seventh over of their innings. The onset of the first rain interruption not long after further pegged them back in their pursuit of a series-levelling two points as DLS calculations found them 18 runs behind the par score of 72 for 3 at 8.4 overs.
The win on Friday lifted England to an unassailable eight points against India’s four, with a combined four points remaining to be fought for in the last two T20Is of the seven-match multi-format series.
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Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @ghosh_annesha