Smriti Mandhana scored a brilliant 63, as India women comfortably defeated England Women by seven wickets in the second one day international at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, England Women started badly as they lost Amy Jones who was caught by Ekta Bisht off Shikha Pandey for 3.
Jhulan Goswami got into the act by claiming the wickets of Sarah Taylor and Heather Knight in succession to reduce the visitors to 14/3.
Tamie Beaumont and Natalie Scive anchored the innings by adding 30 runs for the fourth wicket, before the former fell for 20 runs.
Natalie Sciver along with Lauren Winfield put on yet another valuable stand of 49 runs for the fifth wicket, before Poonam Yadav broke through by getting Winfield with the score on 93.
The 29 year old Shikha Pandey stuck twice by claiming the wickets of Elwiss and Brunt leaving the women side in tatters at 95/7.
Rest of the England Women batsman capitulated, as they were bundled out for 161 runs in 43.3 overs. Sciver was the top scorer for England with 85 runs. Her innings comprised of 12 fours and one six.
Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey claimed four wickets each, while Poonam Yadav bagged 2/28.
Chasing a modest score of 162, India lost Jemimah Rodrigues early for a duck. The pair of Mandhana and Punam Raut put on 73 run stand for the second wicket to bring the home side back on track.
Raut who had a reprieve on 26, failed to capitalize as she was stumped by Sarah Taylor off Georgia Elwiss for a well made 32.
The 22 year old vice captain along with Mithali Raj added 66 run partnership for the third wicket, before the former was dismissed leg before wicket off Anya Shrubsole for a well complied knock of 63 runs.
Raj along with Deepti Sharma saw the team through without further damage, as the home side reached the target of 162 runs in 41.1 overs and also took an unassailable 2-0 lead in a three match series.
Shrubsole was England’s most economical bowler as he ended up with figures of 2/23 in 8 overs, while Georgia Elwiss claimed one wicket.
Goswami was awarded the player of the match for her brilliant spell of bowling.
The third and the final one day international will be played on 28 February.