GUWAHATI, March 7 - Indian women faced yet another defeat against England by five-wickets in the second T20 International, surrendering the series with a sixth straight loss in the shortest format.
Chasing 112 for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, England completed the task in 19.1 overs, holding their nerves after losing a few quick wickets.
Opener Danielle Wyatt was England�s top scorer with an unbeaten 64 off 55 balls. During her stay in the middle, Wyatt smashed six boundaries and was ably supported by Lauren Winfield (29).
While Wyatt held one end firm on the way to her fourth T20 half-century, England needed three back-to-back boundaries by Winfield to take the game away from India. Opting to field, England put up a brilliant performance to restrict the hosts from putting up a big score at the Assam Cricket Association Stadium in Barsapara here with Katherine Brunt emerging as the most successful bowler.
The veteran seamer returned with figures of 3/17, sending back stand-in skipper Smriti Mandhana (12) and Jemimah Rodrigues to put India on the backfoot.
The wicket of Mandhana was important for England as the opener had powered India to 24 for no loss in 2.3 overs before Brunt had her caught behind.
Coming in to bat at one drop, the young Rodrigues (2) did not last long, getting bowled by Brunt.
India: Harleen Deol c Sciver b Smith 14, Smriti Mandhana c Jones b Brunt 12, Jemimah Rodrigues b Brunt 2, Mithali Raj c Winfield b Cross 20, Deepti Sharma run out (Shrubsole/Jones) 18, Bharati Fulmali b Brunt 18, Shikha Pandey b Smith 3, Taniya Bhatia c Knight b Shrubsole 1, Radha Yadav not out 3, Ekta Bisht not out 2. Extras: (B-7, LB-3, W-8) 18. Total: (For 8 wickets in 20 overs) 111. Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-34, 3-34, 4-69, 5-82, 6-91, 7-95, 8-105. Bowling: N Sciver 1-0-9-0, A Shrubsole 4-0-23-1, K Brunt 4-0-17-3, L Smith 3-0-11-2, L Marsh 4-0-24-0, K Cross 4-0-17-1.
England: Daniella Wyatt not out 64, Tammy Beaumont b Yadav 8, Amy Jones c&b P Yadav 5, Natalie Sciver lbw b Bisht 1, Heather Knight lbw b Bisht 2, Lauren Winfield c Rodrigues b Sharma 29, Katherine Brunt not out 2. Extras: (LB-2,W-1) 3. Total: (For 5 wickets in 19.1 overs) 114. Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-45 , 3-50, 4-56, 5-103. Bowling: S Pandey 4-0-21-0, E Bisht 4-0-23-2, D Sharma 3.1-0-18-1, R Yadav 4-0-26-1, P Yadav 3-0-18-1, H Deol 1-0-6-0.