Paytm Women’s T20 Tri-Series – A look at the crucial matches so far

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Paytm Women’s T20 Tri-Series

As the Paytm Women’s T20 Tri-Series approaches the last few matches, here’s a look at the crucial matches that decided the final spots.

3rd T20: India vs England

Earlier this week, India put up a staggering total of 198/4 in 20 overs. Smriti Mandhana starred for India with a quick 76 off just 40 balls, while Mithali Raj (53 off 43 balls) and Harmanpreet Kaur (30 off 22 balls) also made important contributions. It was finally Pooja Vastrakar’s cameo of 22* off 10 balls that took the hosts to their highest ever total in T20 internationals.

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Despite the large total, India were unable to defend as Danielle Wyatt played a spectacular, boundary-studded knock of 124 off 64 balls. India were left reflecting on their fielding and bowling unit as England successfully chased down the target in 18.4 overs with 7 wickets remaining.

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Danielle Wyatt was named the Player of the Match.

View scorecard here.

4th T20: India vs Australia

In a must-win match against Australia, India won the toss and elected to bowl first. With Pooja Vastrakar claiming two early wickets, India somewhat restricted Australia in the powerplay overs. However, Beth Mooney’s 46-ball 71 and Elyse Villani’s 42-ball 61 guided Australia to 186/5 in 20 overs.

Claiming a brilliant hat-trick in the early overs, Megan Schutt was the star for Australia, sending Smriti Mandhana for 2, Mithali Raj for 0 and Deepti Sharma for 2 runs. She became the first Australian woman to bag a hat-trick in limited overs cricket. Despite a quick 50 from the talented Jemimah Rodrigues, India crumbled under the pressure and fell short of the target.

Australia won the match by 36 runs. Megan Schutt was declared the Player of the Match.

View scorecard here.

India Crash Out of the Tri-Series

After their third consecutive loss, India are no longer in the running for the Paytm Women’s Tri-Series Final, which means that Australia and England will face off in the final match on 31st March 2018.

With Indian T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur emphasizing that there has been a lot to learn in this tournament, Indian fans hope that they will perhaps get to see the team win the upcoming ODI series against England.


India SquadAustralia SquadEngland Squad
Anuja PatilAlyssa HealyDanielle Hazelle
Deepti SharmaAmanda Wellington Fran Wilson
Ekta BishtAshleigh Gardner Natalie Sciver
Harmanpreet Kaur (c)Beth Mooney Sophie Ecclestone
Jemimah RodriguesDelissa KimminceAlex Hartley
Jhulan GoswamiEllyse PerryAlice Davidson Richards
Mithali RajElyse VillaniAmy Ellen Jones
Mona MeshramJess JonassenAnya Shrubsole
Pooja VastrakarMeg Lanning (c)Bryony Smith
Poonam YadavMegan SchuttDanielle Wyatt
Rumeli DharNaomi StalenbergHeather Knight (c)
Shikha PandeyNicola CareyJenny Gunn
Smriti MandhanaRachael HaynesKate Cross
Taniya BhatiaSophie MolineuxKatie George
Veda KrishnamurthyTammy Beaumont
Tash Farrant

Ekta Bisht, who was injured during the ODI against Australia, was replaced by Rajeshwari Gayakwad in the Indian squad.

Schedule and Results

Match   DateTimeResult
1st T20IIndiavsAustralia22nd March 201810:00 AM ISTAustralia won by 6 wickets
2nd T20IAustraliavsEngland23rd March 201810:00 AM ISTEngland won by 8 wickets
3rd T20IIndiavsEngland25th March 201810:00 AM ISTEngland won by 7 wickets
4th T20IIndiavsAustralia26th March 201810:00 AM ISTAustralia won by 36 runs
5th T20IAustraliavsEngland28th March 201810:00 AM IST
6th T20IIndiavsEngland29th March 201810:00 AM IST
FinalAustraliavsEngland31st March 201810:00 AM IST

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