England dominate in nine-wicket win over India

First Twenty20 international, Chester-le-Street
India 132-7 (20 overs): Sharma 29; Glenn 4-23
England 134-1 (13 overs): Dunkley 61*, Capsey 32*
England won by nine wickets
Scorecard

England claimed an emphatic victory from nine wickets with 42 balls to spare in the T20’s first international match against India.

Leg spinner Sarah Glenn produced a career-best 4-23 in wet Chester-le-Street after substitute captain Amy Jones opted to play on a pitch that looked good for bowling.

But it was slow bowler Bryony Smith who fired Smriti Mandhana lbw before Glenn’s wickets restricted India at 132-7.

England then raced towards their goal in just 13 overs as Sophia Dunkley and Alice Capsey put together an unbroken partnership of 74 runs from just 40 balls.

It was Glenn’s bowling that set the tone for the match, as she trapped Dayalan Hemalatha lbw between Shafali Verma and Richa Ghosh lunging at Bryony Smith deep in the leg spinner.

Glenn then beat captain Harmanpreet Kaur in the middle and while Deepti Sharma staged a mini-recovery towards the end, India’s total soon proved insufficient.

It was a shaky start from Dunkley, who only survived an opening lbw dismissal after Renuka Singh Thakur was judged for stepping over the crease.

But the 24-year-old grew up her sleeves, punishing touring bowlers as she hit her first Twenty20 international 50 from 36 balls.

Paired first with Danni Wyatt – who fell to an impressive fall from Ghosh – then Capsey, it was only fitting that Dunkley would pull off four against Thakur to seal a comfortable England victory.

The series continues with the second international Twenty20 game in Derby on Tuesday.

Inexperienced England impresses

As England plot their course to the Twenty20 World Cup next February, they may have initially felt some concern over the number of senior players missing from this series.

Seamer Katherine Brunt – England’s top wicket taker in this format – was rested, while Captain Heather Knight is still heal a hip injury supported earlier this summer.

Nat Sciver was to replace Knight, but withdrew Thursday as she focuses on her mental health.

Thus, new captain Amy Jones led an inexperienced England XI on the pitch, with a start handed to seamstress Lauren Bell and two teenagers – Capsey and Freya Kemp – also included in the line-up.

Coach Lisa Keightley, in his latest series overseeing the side, may have feared for his proteges, who lost to India in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games last month with Brunt and Sciver in the squad.

But Glenn and Dunkley, relative veterans at 23 and 24 respectively, put on a display in England that easily surpassed that of their more experienced opponents, who produced a sloppy display on the pitch, delivering multiple runs through misses and a lethargic race.

A similar display in Derby from the tourists would likely see England take an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the three-game series, while the hosts rejoice in a confident performance from their young side.

“Young, exciting and fearless” – Jones

Alternate Captain Amy Jones: “What a start. I think there are so many positives that we can take from it for the rest of the games.

“It’s been an emotional few days and as a group all we said was go out and bring some energy tonight which is a controllable thing. If you look around the team we have tonight is young and exciting and contains a lot of fearless cricketers.

“Three key players aren’t there for us and it would have been easy for us as a team to let us affect ourselves and how we want to play, but to come out and play so freely and confidently with a relatively inexperienced squad is great to see .”

On Dunkley and Glenn: “Dunks is a perfectionist and she’s going to sit there today and probably look at the things she wanted to do differently. shots she did so freely was great. She’s tough on herself and I think she reached such a high level at such a young age and is very impressive.

“[Glenn] was great and she’s been a real container for us for a while now. She can build points. She’s so hard to deal with. I faced her in the net and she’s slippery and she’s tall and she can really put the pressure on with runs and it was great that she had wickets for us today and she’s just key in those intermediaries.

England dominate in nine-wicket win over India

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