36th over: India 184-3 (Kaur 46, Deol 48) I’m afraid to say that, for the first time this summer, I’ve asked the umpire* for my hoody. Which is, ultimately, better than putting the heating on – though I’m braced for a long winter of domestics, as my wife feels the cold more than I do. Anyhow, back in the middle, Kaur takes one then Deol comes down … and schmeisses Ecclestone over the top for six, overtaking her skipper in the process! A single follows, and India are turning it up now.
35th over: India 176-3 (Kaur 45, Deol 41) A single to each batter, then Deol stands and delivers, carting Dean over extra for four; but the bowlers responds well, with three dots and, though India have wickets in-hand as I said, they’ve not got away from England.
34th over: India 170-3 (Kaur 44, Deol 36) Ecclestone returns too; can she find the wicket her team so badly need? Harmanpreet shoves one to point, Beaumont on her heels, then when Deol goes again next ball, we see the lesson has been learnt and smarter fielding forces her to regain her ground. Ecclestone’s final delivery to sent to point for one, but the over yielded just two, which is something. The wickets in-hand, situation, though, will be troubling Amy Jones
33rd over: India 168-3 (Kaur 43, Deol 35) Dean returns as England seek a breakthrough, and Kaur drives her to deep cover for two. A slog-sweep follows, fielded by ADR, on as sub, at long on, and what might’ve been four is only one.
32nd over: India 165-3 (Kaur 40, Deol 35) Kaur drives to cover for one, then Deol turns two away to midwicket. A leg-side bouncer follows, signalled wide, then two more singles – the second of them asking to be pulled but in the event, Deol picks out the fielder at midwicket, so they settle for six from the over.
31st over: India 159-3 (Kaur 38, Deol 32) Deol knocks one to deep point, then Kaur waits for a slower one, pulling it off her pads, almost French-cricket style, and rolling hands over the ball too, to add four through backward square. Three singles follow, though Bell gets away with one when Harmanpreet waits for a slower one only to slap it straight to the sweeper.
30th over: India 151-3 (Kaur 32, Deol 30) Kemp returns and sends down a pretty decent over, that yields just two singles. India, though, have constructed an imposing platform.
29th over: India 149-3 (Kaur 31, Deol 29) Capsey has to go off but will hopefully be good to bat. Meantime, Bell returns with a wide, a single to Kaur follows, and then Deol swings a hard, snending the ball over the infield and for four to deep backward square; that raises the 50 partnership, off 9.5 overs, and with these two set I’d expect the rate to increase sharply.
29th over: India 143-3 (Kaur 30, Deol 25) Lovely from Harmanpreet, who waits, leans forward, and when the ball comes to her, she flicks it over midwicket and watches it run away for four. Two singles follow, but diving to stop the second, Capsey jams a finer or two into the surface – it looks sore – so while she’s treated, we’ll take drinks.
28th over: India 136-3 (Kaur 25, Deol 24) Another missed pull – and off Cross, who’s a bit quicker than Bell. Kaur wears it on the box and crouches, then performs some deep breaths before the physio comes on to help her out. What will Cross send down next, once she’s recovered? Er, a leg-side wide, after which Kaur gets off strike by bunting into the off side … then Deol signals that she’s had enough. First, she swings down the ground – well enough to clear the infield without getting all of it and they run two – before a late-cut to backward point earns four. Eight off the over.
27th over: India 128-3 (Kaur 24, Deol 18) Bell, who went at seven in her first spell, replaces Dean, and might find it easier to fix on a line now the swing has all but gone. And she starts well enough, probing outside off – this is much better – though Deol does ease two to third man, after which the players are told that DRS is down again. Bell’s final delivery is a decent one too, Deol looking to pull and missing.
26th over: India 126-3 (Kaur 24, Deol 16) Cross replaces Ecclestone; England might’ve tried to fiddle a few cheap overs from a part-timer, but instead go to a strike bowler to try and break this partnership. And, er, she begins with a wide, then, after two singles Deol is deceived by the wobble-ball, edging to where slip isn’t and they run one. Before play, Jones said England needed to remember to be positive; I wonder if she was partly talking to herself, because her field placings have been pretty defensive so far.
25th over: India 122-3 (Kaur 23, Deol 14) Dean is bowling nicely, Deol taking one to cover and Harmanpreet doing likewise to square leg; Deol adds one more with a further drive to cover. India are setting this up nicely – the way this is going, they’ll have plenty of batters left to go at the last 15 or so.
24th over: India 117-3 (Kaur 21, Deol 11) A decent over from Ecclestone, the batters making do with a single each from it. Given how deep India bat, they could do with another wicket or two and soon, but they are at least squeezing.
23rd over: India 117-3 (Kaur 21, Deol 11) Kaur takes Dean’s first ball, given air, to cover for one – the only scoring shot of the over.
“A quick freeze-frame shows that it’s a fiver for a regular ice-cream with a flake,” tweets @Mysteron_Voice. “Is that taking the mick, or am I getting old…”
I daresay it’s both, but I had a conversation on that theme with a vendor at Lord’s, not so much about the expense, though it was intense, but about the miserly quantity allowed.
22nd over: India 116-3 (Kaur 20, Deol 11) After a decent little spell from England, India have got away again, Harmanpreet using Ecclestone’s extra pace to eases four to the backward point fence – an area that’s becoming increasingly well-trodden against the spinners. A wide and a single follow then Deol sweeps, just about, and earns two to finest leg. Cross, though, charges after it, hurls in superbly and off comes the bails … but via Jones’, er, posterior, as she stands in front of the stumps to receive and nudges them in the act of collecting. Eight from the over.
21st over: India 108-3 (Kaur 15, Deol 9) Deol looks pretty well-organised, seeking to be positive in defence and put bat on ball; she does miss one, but then after four dots, she waits, leans back, and again cuts four through the 45, the only runs from the over.
20th over: India 104-3 (Kaur 15, Deol 5) We discussed earlier that Ecclestone’s spell could well be crucial in determining what happens here – I admit, not a massive speculation – but her team need more from her because India are still in a decent spot. So Deol has a look at two, then steps back to a short one and cuts it hard along the 45 to the fence for four. A single follows, and I keep saying it but if England might be wanting Wong to bring on here, a new batter in and wickets urgently required.
Mandhana was almost outside the line but not quite – it’s umpire’s call in that aspect – with the ball presumed to be smashing middle, two-thirds of the way up.
Here we go, DRS is back…
Mandhana gets down on one knee, sweeps, misses, and wears ball on pad. That looks good to me.
19th over: India 98-2 (Mandhana 40, Kaur 15) Spin from both ends now as Charlie Dean replaces Kemp and goes around to the lefties, who take one from her first three deliveries, Mandhana edging to midwicket. Then she goes over and beats Harmanpreet’s outside edge, the batter looking to shove towards cover, and this is better from England, who’ve put the breaks on somewhat – the last two overs have failed to yield a boundary.
18th over: India 98-2 (Mandhana 39, Kaur 15) Mandhana forces one to mid on, then two more singles follow before Harmanpreet chops one into the ground that, for a second, looks to have beaten the bat and only just passes off stump. Still, Ecclestone is into her spell now; can she make it count?
17th over: India 95-2 (Mandhana 37, Kaur 14) I love the way Smiriti goes about her batting: she’s so calm and correct in how she gets into position to play the ball and, like so many of the best players, of anything, she always has time. Anyhow, three singles comes from Kemp’s first four balls, then a drag-down allows Harmanpreet to yank around the corner for four to deep backward square. The partnership is now 29 off 34, and again, England could use something.
16th over: India 88-2 (Mandhana 35, Kaur 9) Ecclestone into the attack and this contest might be pivotal: if she does well, England will fancy themselves to roll India for something nice, but if she doesn’t, they’ll have a problem. So Kaur takes her loosener to cover … then Mandhana gets into a great position, launching six over wide long on! She made that look so easy, picking length, dancing down, and carting ball. One more follows, and India are still going well – but if England can break this partnership, the match is there for them.
15th over: India 80-2 (Mandhana 28, Kaur 8) Gosh, that Essex v Lancashire match I mentioned – Lanky have won it by 38 runs having been 7-6 in their second innings, skittling Essex for 59 after posing two monsters of 131 and 73. That is ridiculous. Anyhow, Kemp – who, I meant to note is 17 – continues. She actually gets lucky when she strays wide, Kaur picking out the sweeper at deep cover when I was sure the ball was going to fence, and they run one, the second single of the over.
14th over: India 78-2 (Mandhana 27, Kaur 7) Ach, just when England were exerting a little pressure, two wides follows a wide while, in comms, it’s wondered whether England could be a bit more aggressive with their field placings. I guess the point is to make sure India don’t make something huge because England back themselves to chase any score that isn’t, but in the meantime, two singles and a two make this another expensivish over – and Harmanpreet will now consider herself in. That’s drinks.
13th over: India 71-2 (Mandhana 26, Kaur 4) You know what, I said Dean’s palms would be stinging from that catch, but she got herself into such a good position and took the ball with such soft hands that I doubt she even felt it. Anyhow, the batters take a single apiece from the first two balls of Kemp’s latest over, then Kaur lifts down the ground for two. The more I watch of this, the more I wonder whether England erred in leaving out Wong, who offers them something a little different – pace and teeth music – though I know she can be expensive, as she was on Sunday.
12th over: India 67-2 (Mandhana 24, Kaur 0) The bad news, of course, is that Harmanpreet is now at the wicket, and after confidently presenting the full face, she turns to backward point for the single that sets her away.
That’s a grab! Bhatia comes down and absolutely leathers a full toss … but Dean gets down to collect low! Her palms will be stinging, but she won’t mind – she and her team needed that, badly.
11th over: India 65-1 (Mandhana 24, Bhatia 26) Are England putting the breaks on? One from the first three deliveries of Kemp’s over, Mandhana pressing to cover … but then she offers Bhatia a smidge of width and the ball is eased to the fence at backward point. India are going well here, but helped by England who are offering a four-ball in almost every over.
10th over: India 60-1 (Mandhana 22, Bhatia 23) Dean is on for Cross, and she’ll be turning the ball up the slope and into the two lefties … who take singles from each of her first five deliveries. The sixth is a dot, and that was a decent, if slightly expensive start.