In the second over of India’s chase of 148, opener Smriti Mandhana got a reprieve when TV umpire overturned the on-field umpire’s decision on Thursday during the 1st T20I against England Women at Manuka Oval, Canberra on Friday. Also Read - India Women to Play One-Off Test Against England Later This Year, Confirms BCCI Secretary Jay Shah
Mandhana, looking to cut the ball could only manage an edge which went to wicketkeeper Amy Ellen Jones, who had caught the ball and rolled over. But while getting up she was not in complete control of it and the ball popped out of her gloves. This was not noticed by the on-field umpires who gave the 23-year-old out. Also Read - Indian Women's Tour of Australia Postponed to Next Season: Cricket Australia
The TV umpire, who has the advantage of watching the replay, spotted the missed chance and overturned the decision before the Indian opener crossed the ropes. Also Read - Women's T20 Challenge 2020: Here's What Captain Smriti Mandhana Told Her Teammates That Inspired Them to Title Win
Unfortunately, Mandhana could not make it count as she was dismissed for 15 off 10 balls.
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However, Harmanpreet Kaur’s 42 off 34 balls ensured the visiting side gunned down the target with three balls to spare. India won the match by five wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Earlier in the match, Kaur won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first.
Indian spinners — Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2/19), Deepti Sharma (2/30) and left-arm spinner Radha Yadav (1/33) – restricted England to 147 for seven in stipulated 20 overs, while right-arm medium pacer Shikha Pandey (2/33) accounted for two at the Manuka Oval.
England women: 147 for 7 in 20 overs (Heather Knight 67, Tammy Beaumont 37; Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2/19) lost by five wickets to India Women: 150 for 5 in 19.3 overs (Harmapreet Kaur 42 not out, Shafali Verma 30; Katherine Brunt 2/33)