The Indian women’s team paid the price for a dismal batting performance as it lost to England by two wickets in a thrilling group league encounter of the World T20, in Dharamsala on Tuesday.
Batting first, India crawled their way to 90 for 8 in 20 overs after being put into bat. None of the Indian batswomen save for Harmanpreet Kaur, who scored 26 off 25 ball, tried to force the pace against English bowlers.
In reply, England middle and lower-order survived some nervy moments before getting past the finishing line in 19 overs with two wickets remaining.
With England needing 3 in the penultimate over, skipper Mithali Raj dropped an easy catch of Anya Shrubsole off Veda Krishnamurthy’s delivery and the very next ball was hit past the point fielder much to joy of the England dug-out.
The defeat, India’s second in three matches, also put a spanner on their chances of qualifying for the semi-final as West Indies and England both have two wins in their kitty.
India have one match left against West Indies which they have to win to have any outside chance whatsoever and depend on other favourable results.
Skipper Mithali tried to put up a brave front at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“We are in contention. If we win against West Indies, we will have to depend on other results.”